SA A target clean sweep in Zim

South Africa A captain Zubayr Hamza says the team will try to be as dominant as possible in their tour of Zimbabwe, which gets under way on Friday.

South Africa will face off with Zimbabwe A in four one-day and two four-day matches, with Hamza determined to lead the team to victory in every game.

“To be blunt, the goal of this tour is to win all the games — simple as that,” he commented.

“We’ve got guys like Reeza Hendricks, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, to name a few, and we can throw Janneman Malan’s name in that hat as well – guys who have played regular international cricket of late and that experience will definitely show on the field.

“This tour is an opportunity for most players to do well. Regardless of the opposition, we have to control what we can in our environment with regard to our own performances.

“The goal of the tour is to win all the games and to start gaining credibility next to the SA A team’s name. Over the past few seasons, we’ve had a couple of tough tours … be that as it may, we can’t underestimate our opponents. We’ll need to focus on our strengths and go from there.’

Hamza also hopes a good personal performance could be the start of his return to the national set-up ahead of possible series later this year.

“With regard to playing four-day cricket, it’s an exciting format for me and I feel like over the past two seasons, I’ve been pretty under par for what I expect of myself. I’m looking to get back on that bandwagon and put in some solid performances, especially in the longer format of the game and hopefully earn another opportunity at the top,” the batsman added. — sacricketmag.