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Heinrich Klaasen on worrying Proteas fielding: 'It's something we need to address'

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Heinrich Klaasen (Gallo)
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Proteas stand-in skipper Heinrich Klaasen has addressed his side's problematic fielding after Wednesday's T20 loss to Pakistan at SuperSport Park.

For decades, South Africa has built up a reputation as being one of international cricket's most skilled fielding outfits. 

On the evidence presented on Wednesday, however - and for months now - that reputation no longer seems to have credence. 

The Proteas, defending a first innings total of 203, were at times cumbersome and often hesitant in the field as they lacked in both intensity and execution. 

Their ground-work in the early overs was poor, with misfields plaguing what would become a dismal effort at restricting the Pakistan batters, and when Pite van Biljon dropped a routine catch that would have dismissed Mohammad Rizwan in the 14th over, all hopes of a Proteas win were effectively dashed. 

It was a day to forget for the Proteas, and while the brilliant batting of Pakistan skipper Babar Azam (122 off 59) should not be understated, the lackluster work of the hosts in the field was something that prompted questioning at Wednesday's post-match press briefing.

"We strive not to be bad in the field," Klaasen offered.

"At training, we are brilliant, so I think maybe it is a case of the guys trying too hard and not being calm enough in the field.

"It is something we'll address. It is a trend, but it is a trend we have to get rid of."

When asked what his charges could do differently in the field ahead of Friday's fourth and final T20 to try and salvage a 2-2 draw from the series, Klaasen said he would go back and do his homework. 

"You always feel you can do something differently, but what exactly it is, I don’t quite know," he said.

"We don’t have set plans, but you have to go on your gut.

"We still have to reflect on this game and see where we could improve." 

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