South Africa Take Calm Approach To Semi-Final
South Africa qualified for the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 following a dramatic tie against West Indies in Cardiff and they are now 'minding their own business' as they prepare for their semi-final.
Fast bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe, who has taken four wickets in the tournament so far, says that the squad are doing their best to approach the match at The Oval as any other game.
It is arguably their biggest ODI match since they fell at the quarter-final stage of the ICC World Cup in 2011 and they will hope for better luck than the last time they reached a semi-final in England, when they were beaten by eventual champions Pakistan in the ICC World Twenty20 2009.
"It doesn't feel any different," Tsotsobe said when asked about the mood in the camp. "We know it’s a semi-final and it's the big stage, but the boys are still in the same mindset that they had during the group matches. Every match there was a big game so nothing has changed."
Tsotsobe might not have expected to have played such a key role before injuries hit both Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel but he says the increased responsibility he was required to shoulder was a good thing for him.
“I think it’s always a good thing to have responsibility on your shoulders,” he explained. “You know that there are people looking out for you, people who are backing you to lead and I think it was a good move for me.”
He added that the drier conditions in the UK had forced him to adapt, further proof that to stay at the very top of the game, players must constantly work on their skills.
"I think my greatest weapon is my slower ball and my bouncer," he said.
"I have worked harder on my slower balls but I have tried another type recently so that my game plan doesn’t become too predictable."
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1998: South Africa
2000: New Zealand
2002: India/Sri Lanka
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