Proteas Take Positive Steps in Right Direction

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Proteas Take Positive Steps in Right Direction

South Africa have been buoyed by Monday's one-day worldwide win over England at Lord's and the side will go into this week's Champions Trophy with confidence, said coach Russell Domingo.

Having already lost the three-match series, the Proteas showed progressive improvement in the dead rubber which eventually can prove to be a big morale booster before their first Champions Trophy game against Sri Lanka at The Oval on Saturday.

"Every worldwide game has importance", Sport24 quoted him as saying after Monday's match.

'Whether we are 2-0 up or 2-0 down, we try to approach it with the same sort of intensity. "There were a lot of benefits and positives that we can take forward into the Champions Trophy so we're pretty happy with the way things have panned out for us", Domingo said.

Domingo welcomed the return of Morne Morkel - playing his first ODI in over a year - who added strike power to a lethal pace attack led by man-of-the-match, Kagiso Rabada (4/39) and Wayne Parnell (3/43).

"He (Morkel) only bowled four overs", he said. "It's his first one-day global for a while and it's good to have him back".

"Every worldwide game has importance", said Domingo, "Whether we are 2-0 up or 2-0 down, we try to approach it with the same sort of intensity. He hasn't played a one-day worldwide in a while, it's good to have him back". "He's had a long-term injury layoff, and the bowlers that have played in his place have done really well".

Rabada, who has also found his rhythm and form as the series has progressed, is confident of the squad's championship hopes after the emphatic end to the series.

"That's the way England bat at times - if there is something in the wicket, and you land the ball in the right areas and they nick the ball, you've got a chance against them because they play that expansive brand of cricket".

'To win this game will give us confidence and I feel the team goes into the Champions Trophy feeling strong. "We have great names and if we play well we can win this".

Imran Tahir and David Miller will continue to be monitored throughout the week but remain on course to be available for selection for the opening ICC Champions Trophy match against Sri Lanka on Saturday.

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