South Africa still adjusting
Herschelle Gibbs has admitted South Africa are taking time to adjust to English conditions.
Last Updated: 04/06/09 10:30am
After steering South Africa to an ICC World Twenty20 warm-up win against Sri Lanka on Wednesday, Herschelle Gibbs admitted the Proteas were taking time to adjust to English conditions.
Gibbs, who starred for Indian Premier League winners Deccan Chargers in South Africa in April-May, was dropped four times in a low-scoring affair as the Proteas secured a six-wicket win in the final over at Lord's.
South Africa's chase of just 110 was hampered by the loss of openers Jacques Kallis and Graeme Smith in the first two overs before Gibbs, who fell for 48, and AB de Villiers (32) combined for a 70-run third wicket stand.
Despite making it two wins from two following victory over Pakistan on Monday, Gibbs has revealed his team-mates are still struggling to get to grips with the slower surfaces in England.
"It was one of those days, I suppose," said Gibbs. "This is a different sort of surface to Trent Bridge.
"But getting used to conditions and bowlers you haven't seen before is what these games are used for.
"You also can't come straight from five weeks on the wickets in South Africa to think you are going to time it perfectly here.
"The pitch was a little bit slow and held up back of a length and, when there isn't much pace to work with, you have to generate your own pace.
"I have been a little bit surprised at the slowness of the pitches bearing in mind the excellent summer weather we have had the last few days."
Opposition coach Trevor Bayliss was not too despondent with Sri Lanka's performance, though, as his side looks to hone its tactics.
"We lost a few early wickets and it took us too long to work out we needed to play a little bit more conventionally," said.
"Rather than waiting until you are six or seven down before starting to knock the ball around it might have been better to do it after losing a couple of wickets.
"Maybe readjust your thinking and play accordingly. The good thing is that we didn't lose the game in 13 or 14 overs.
"We stuck it at and it showed these guys have a bit of character. Who knows, if we had taken one or two of those catches it may have been different."
South Africa get their ICC World Twenty20 campaign underway on Sunday against Scotland, while the Sri Lankans face Australia in their Group C opener on Monday.