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SA on the right track: Smith

After his team's victory against Bangladesh, Graeme Smith said his side had improved a lot from the previous match.

india Updated: Apr 15, 2003 11:23 IST

After his team's 83-run victory against Bangladesh, South African captain Graeme Smithon Mondaysaid his side had improved a lot from the previous match against India and was on the "right track" to win the title.

"We improved a lot from the last game against India. But a lot of improvement is still required," said Smith who won his first one-day international as captain of South Africa.

He said the inexperience of some of the bowlers remained a cause of concern but was satisfied with the overall performance of the team.

"In some departments we did well. Batsmen spent some time in the middle and scored important runs. But there are a few things which are worrying us. Quite a few of our bowlers are inexperienced. They have never played outside South Africa. So they still have to adjust to the conditions here," Smith said.

"But we did well today. We have two more games to go in the league phase. Hopefully, our good performance will continue. We are on the right track."

Smith said it was nice to win his first match as captain and he thoroughly enjoyed today's outing.

"It was a much better day as captain for me. Things went well. I have much more to learn as captain but I was quite relaxed today. Also because, I got some runs today which was nice. But I need to convert my steady starts into big knocks."

Asked whether South Africa was contemplating employing two spinners in the next matches, Smith said,

"We have to see the conditions. We have two spinners in the squad and we will use them if required."

The skipper praised his predecessor Shaun Pollock, who returned figures of four for 36 today, and Allan Dawson, calling them the best two bowlers in the squad.

"Dawson is bowling very well. And Pollock, as usual, is doing excellent. They are our best two bowlers in these conditions. Pollock's experience is very handy for us."

The press conference of Bangladesh captain Khaled Mashud could not take place as heavy thunderstorms hit the city immediately after the day-night match got over. The stadium plunged into total darkness as the floodlights went off. The communication lines also went down.

First Published: Apr 14, 2003 22:44 IST