- South Africa lost their tournament opener vs Australia
- Rabada picked just a single wicket vs Australia
- “Quinton is a top-quality player“: Rabada
South Africa’s fast pitcher Kagiso Rabada insisted on Monday that the “bickering” must end as the Proteas try to recover from a terrible start in the T20 World Cup.
South Africa collapsed in their opening Super 12 match on Saturday with a five-wicket loss to Australia after making just 118 in their 20 overs.
The only consolation was that Tuesday’s opponent, the defending champions of the West Indies, was even worse.
They were thrown by England by a dismal 55 and hit by six wickets.
It was a disappointing outing for the 28-year-old who had scored five half-centuries in his last eight innings in that format.
“We see (the batting) as a concern. The last thing we need to do is keep bickering on and on about it,” said Rabada, whose 19 not out against Australia was his team’s second-highest behind Aiden Markram’s 40.
The prelude was thrown by Josh Hazlewood, but only after the ball bounced off him did it flow up and down the stumps as the southpaw watched helplessly.
De Kock was one of the team’s first three wickets to fall by just 23 points.
“Quinton is a top-quality player, and I guess it just didn’t come off,” said Rabada.
“That’s just how cricket goes. The batters know what they have to do. We know what we have to do as a team. No one is blaming anyone. But the worst thing you can do is just harp on and on and on about it.
“Quinton is a massive player for us. He’s done extremely well for South Africa ever since he started playing. He’s a world-class player, and he needs just to go in and do his thing.”
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