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Boucher wants to grow Proteas' belief, confidence: 'You cannot be tentative to win a World Cup'

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Mark Boucher. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)
Mark Boucher. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)
  • Proteas coach Mark Boucher says his side cannot be tentative if they want to win a World Cup.
  • The T20 World Cup is set for Australia in October, and the Proteas are hoping to gain confidence from every game leading up to the showpiece.
  • Boucher says they have been working on the mindset of their game in search of elusive title.

Proteas coach Mark Boucher says his side cannot be tentative in the middle as they search for an elusive T20 World Cup title.

Despite a demanding England tour looming, the Proteas go in with confidence after drawing the five-match T20 series 2-2 against India on the subcontinent.

With less than four months to go until the T20 World Cup in Australia, the Proteas have about 10 T20 games remaining, which includes warm-ups, to prepare for the ICC event.

At last year's T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, the Proteas only lost one game as they narrowly missed the playoffs due to net run-rate.

Boucher believes they'll go for a slightly different squad to what they played in India in order to adapt Down Under.

"If we look at the (India) series, it's not played in the same conditions as we'd get in Australia. I think there's a certain level of confidence you can take from all these series," Boucher told reporters on Tuesday.

"But if we have a look at the make-up of our team, it'll probably be a little bit different going into a World Cup, especially in completely different conditions.

"We tried to have one or two things and we got some answers over the options we can have going forward, but once we start playing conditions that are similar to Australia, then we can delve into different tactics."

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The Proteas' history at World Cups is well-known as they have yet to make an ICC final.

Boucher, who played in three Cricket World Cups and three T20 World Cups in his playing days, says they need to have the belief.

"In terms of mindset, you need to really trust (your game plan). As a coaching team, our philosophy is that we want to be smart and not just go out there and play maverick cricket," said Boucher.

"We done well so far and we have these conversations after every game on how we can get better - not only technical but a mindset as well."

The Proteas were 2-0 up in the five-match T20I series before India bounced back to level the series with the final T20 washed out.

Boucher insists his side cannot be tentative in those crucial moments as the country searches for an elusive ICC World Cup title.

"I've got no doubt that we'll learn from the mistakes we made and get into the right mindset going forward," said Boucher.

"Ultimately, you're not going to win the World Cup with the mindset where you're tentative and we've got to go out there and play.

"The way India and England play is the way forward, especially in the shorter format of the game."

The Proteas have a break before departing for England earlier next month where they will play three ODIs, three T20Is and three Tests from 19 July to 8 September. Sandwiched between the England T20s and Tests, South Africa will also play two T20s against the Netherlands.

The ICC T20 World Cup is scheduled from 16 October to 13 November in Australia.


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