ENG vs SA 3rd Test: South Africa’s top order batsmen challenged to do better in decisive Test
ENG vs SA 3rd Test: South Africa’s top order batters have to step up and get some big scores if they are to stand a chance of winning the three-Test series away against England, emerging batsman Keegan Petersen said on Tuesday.
After the first two Test matches, which were both won by an innings and finished in three days, the two nations are tied at 1-1.
The final Test of the series will begin on Thursday at The Oval.
In the first Test at Lord’s, South Africa’s bowlers completely destroyed England. But they were put to the test in the second Test at Old Trafford. When South Africa failed to score more than 200 runs in either innings.
“I think it’s quite obviously we need to get some hundreds up top, which hasn’t been the case for a while now,” said the 29-year-old Petersen, who made his Test debut last year and bats at No.3 for his country.
“I think the lower order have saved us a few times. But I think it’s quite evident the batters have to step up now and get a couple of big scores.
“I think it’s all mental, it’s getting starts but then getting out that is a problem for us.”
The top six batsmen for South Africa have only contributed one half century during this series.
Regarding the mental attitude, Petersen advised South Africa to get ready for a difficult task.
“At least try to fight through that dark period. And that’s where you’re going have to challenge yourself mentally all the time,” he told a news conference at The Oval.
After the first two Tests dominated by powerful bowing performances, Petersen stated that he was hoping for a stronger battle between bat and ball.
“I hope it pans out to be different because I’d love to play for five days. I think that’s what the public wants to see,” he said.
“But I must say this is what we live for as cricketers; series decider, it’s going to be thrilling. There’s a lot on the line for both teams.”