Proteas have to move on from what-ifs – Graeme Smith

2013-11-20 17:03

The team is only focused on what they can do on the field and not on what they can’t control, Proteas test captain Graeme Smith has said.

Smith was speaking at the launch of SuperSport’s 24-hour cricket channel (channel 202).

“We would have loved a big cricketing summer against India as they are the biggest cricketing nation in the world and they have some outstanding cricketers,” Smith said.

“It is a loss for players and it is a loss for fans but the reality is that it’s a two-match series. The focus for us as a team is to play as well as we can in the series and to win it. We need to move from the ‘what-ifs’ and the ‘what-could-have-beens’ and we have to make sure that the fans that turn up will be watching exciting cricket.”

Smith will not be taking part in the T20 series against Pakistan, which starts today at the Wanderers.

However, he said the short format team had made excellent strides after a difficult start in Sri Lanka, which then moved on to the United Arab Emirates, where they were able to beat Pakistan 2-0.

“There’s real hope that the team can continue the form that they got in the UAE. They won a really good series in Sri Lanka and with the T20 World Cup around the corner, you would like to see the guys winning as many matches as possible,” Smith said.

“It’s important to start the home summer with a confident result, which will set the tone for the rest of the summer.”

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