Aaron Phangiso grabbed 3 wickets for 40 against West Indies in Match 1 of Tri-Nation Series © Getty Images
Aaron Phangiso grabbed 3 wickets for 40 against West Indies in Match 1 of Tri-Nation Series © Getty Images

South Africa have started off their campaign on a negative note in Tri-Nation Series after their defeat against West Indies by 4 wickets. Keeping in mind the previous mistakes, Aaron Phansigo mentioned that the spin department needs to step up against a stronger side like Australia to stand any chance of victory in their second game on Tuesday at Guyana. This was the same venue Proteas lost their first match after being dismissed for platry 188, thanks to spin attack by Sunil Narine of West Indies. Though, South Africa’s spinner did try their best to come out better with their spells but Kieron Pollard’s heavy batting prowess triumphed over the visitors. Full Cricket Scorecard: Australia vs West Indies, Tri-Nation Series 2016, Match 3 at Guyana

While speaking to tribune.com.pk, Phansigo said, “We can maybe try a different approach when a player like Pollard is on the attack, perhaps change up the lengths a little bit. It’s something that we will need to work on — how to counter a situation when a batsman is being positive and on the attack.” On Friday, Phansigo posted his best figures of 3 for 40 that could have gone long way had Pollard not turned the tables around.

Phansigo further added, “The surface was dry, definitely not one that you get back in South Africa often. It was very helpful to the spinners, we saw Narine taking a six-for-27 for the West Indies and our spinners picked up six wickets between us. I’m quite pleased with my performance, but there is still a lot of improvement to be done.” South Africa, West Indies and Australia will meet three times each over the next three weeks at Guyana, St.Kitts and Barbados with the final being held at Bridgetown on June 26.