India camp aids Proteas pair

16 May 2017 10:49:12 EST

South Africa batting hopefuls Aiden Markram and Theunis de Bruyn have seen the positive results of a recent spin bowling camp in India.


 
A dozen players were selected by Cricket South Africa to attend the camp in Mumbai, held between April 30 and May 7.
 
"It was a wholesome experience in conditions that were very foreign to us," Markram, who was a standout performer in the Multiply Titans' Momentum Cup-winning season, said.
 
"But in the same breath it is a great opportunity to learn as much as we have done. So I feel blessed to have been part of it and I really enjoyed it."
 
The Titans opener, who was recently crowned Domestic Newcomer of the Year in South Africa, added: "I think it was good to be sponging off the Indian coaches.
 
"They obviously have their own ways that have worked over the years.
 
"Watching how they approach an innings, they almost dare to do anything, which is their mindset, and I suppose that's why they're a nation that plays such entertaining cricket."
 
De Bruyn, who captained the VKB Knights to a first Sunfoil Series in almost a decade, said: "It was challenging, but a wonderful opportunity to get out to India and realise how to play in these conditions.
 
"We can't only be players that play well in South Africa, we need to adjust our game to wherever we play in the world.
 
"You have to learn to create a few more shots to be able to get you out of jail and to unsettle the opposition."

South Africa are 1212/1 to win this summer's ICC Champions Trophy, with hosts England 1212/1 and Australia 1212/1.

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