South African fast bowler Lungi Ngidi is reveling in the experience of his first Australian tour, an "exciting" next step in his international career.
The 22-year-old is one of the six players from South Africa. The squad of squires made their debut in the Down Under tour, and since their arrival a couple of days ago, the group focused on acclimatization before their warm-up match against the XI Prime Minister in Canberra next Wednesday. The ODI series starts at the Optus Stadium in Perth on November 4, and Ngidi said he was waiting for the occasion.
"The showdown with Australia is a good competition," he said in South Africa's light practice in Perth on Saturday. "Everyone is competitive, it's good cricket and everyone loves to watch it, I do not expect anything less on this tour."
"The relationship between the two teams is competition," he said. We keep it active. The field, which is where it stays. There will always be aggression in a cricket field, fast players will go to hitters and batters will try to knock us down. "You have to keep it civil, but very competitive, I think it's going to be a good challenge in this series."
Ngidi has announced himself as a key bowler for South Africa this year, and it is his main window. ODI taker in 2018 with 22 fields in 20.45 in 10 games. Australian conditions are likely to adapt to Ngidi's style, but he emphasized the need to evaluate the conditions of the day and not get carried away by conversations about rhythm and rebound.
"I've seen that the shutters here are pretty fast, that's going to be exciting, the main thing is to evaluate the conditions you find in the day, they always told me never to get ahead of myself, in fast windows that could get too excited I'll always try to keep my head level, I'll always reach competitive distances and maintain my aggressiveness … The networks we've been launching have been pretty fast, if the terrain is anything like that, it will be an interesting battle. "
A series of injuries have affected South Africa's plans for this trip, with Hashim Amla, JP Duminy and Wiaan Mulder discarded, but Ngidi said there is "a lot of information" shared by members of his squadron that I've traveled through Australia before.
"We have some high level players still here, they are attracting the young people very well, we are learning as we move in. There are guys like Kock's Quinton who have been here before, so they can help the hitters." [Kagiso] ] Rabada has also been here, so I'm working in partnership with him, there's been a lot of information bouncing off each other. "They're all in a good mindset, and they've been able to help the younger players fill in the shoes that the players Older people have left behind. "
South Africa will travel to Canberra on Monday before the game of Prime Minister Wednesday's tour of XI.