Bond upbeat on T20 prospects
New Zealand bowling coach Shane Bond believes the Black Caps can succeed in their T20 series against South Africa by relying on their instincts.
The three-match series starts in Durban on Saturday with both teams going with inexperienced line-ups.
And while Bond admits beating the Proteas in the Test series would be tough, considering South Africa are the world's No.1 ranked team, he rates their chances in the shortest form of the game.
It's just about using our instincts on the field and getting a real quick feel and being able to adjust quickly.Shane Bons
South Africa have named just four players - captain Faf du Plessis and bowlers Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn and Robin Peterson - who are frontline test and one-day players. Meanwhile, the Black Caps have named five players in their 15-man squad who are uncapped at international level.
Bond says because they have hardly faced this group of South African players in the past, New Zealand have been studying TV coverage to get insights into how to beat them.
"We get little bits of footage from the Champions League (which was held in South Africa) so there's a chance to sit down and have a look at some of the guys, but the footage isn't vast," he said.
"We're lucky we've got SuperSport, we've been able to flick through the seven channels and have a look at the range of (domestic) cricket games that are going on. It's given us a bit more insight.
"But for our guys, it's just about using our instincts on the field and getting a real quick feel and being able to adjust quickly.
"That's what Twenty20 is about, summing up the conditions quickly and the players you are playing against."
Bond says the fact that South Africa know little about the likes of Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Derek de Boorder, Corey Anderson and Colin Munro makes it more of a level playing field.
"Both of the sides probably don't know a lot about each other, so in terms of that element I wouldn't say a psychological advantage rests with either side," he said. "It's just going to be about who plays the best cricket.
"It's not often teams win game after game after game in T20, because it only takes one player to have a good day."
He said the T20 games offer "the perfect opportunity to put a young player under pressure and see how they stand up."
New Zealand are 11/1 to beat South Africa in the T20 series, with the Proteas priced at 1/66.
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