Reza Hendricks ahead of the T20I decider against England

In-form South Africa’s top-order batsman Reza Hendricks is grateful for the opportunities at his disposal at the moment and will be back in action in the decisive third T20I against hosts England at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton later on Sunday. Looking forward.

The two teams are level at 1-1 in the three-match series after the hosts won the opener in Bristol by 41 runs and the visitors responded with a 58-run victory in the second in Cardiff, thanks to Hendricks. Thanks to the half century. Century and Riley Russo scored an unbeaten 96 runs.

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Right-hander Hendricks provided strong contributions in both games – 57 off 33 balls and 53 off 32 balls respectively – for a Proteas side without injured captain Temba Bawma at the top of the order.

Several batsmen are in good form at the moment meaning competition for places ahead of the World Cup later this year will be fierce. Hendrix says all he can do is continue to take his chances.

“It obviously feels good to contribute,” he said on Cricket South Africa (CSA). “There is a lot of competition within the team at the moment, which is a good thing. So I am happy that I got the chance and I was able to put in two good performances.

“Where that leaves me, I’m not sure, but I’ll do my best any chance I get. Then whatever happens from there, selection-wise and where it puts me, this team, the coaches. And it depends on the selectors where they see me fit.

The first two matches of the series were back-to-back on Wednesday (July 27) and Thursday (July 28). He also warmed up for the three-match One Day International (ODI) series to be played over six days.

“The schedule is pretty busy and it’s pretty heavy on the body,” Hendricks said. “But personally if you get into a good run, you can obviously keep that momentum going.

“As a team, if we make a good run, we can continue that. Having said that, it’s one-on-one at the moment, so it’s all to play for tomorrow. It’s a quick turnaround. We’ll prepare today. And hopefully tomorrow will be good for us.”

The 32-year-old Hendricks will now be hoping to build on his good form and help South Africa finish the series strongly in Hampshire.

“It was a disappointing (performance) after the first game and it was about coming back from it, which we managed to do,” he added. “So now it’s a big game but we’re pretty confident.

“We back ourselves to go out there and put in another good performance. Having said that, we obviously know England will come out guns blazing, so it’s set to be a good game. .

“Winning the series in England would be a big achievement, so we’re obviously going for it and hopefully it’s a good game. I’d like to think and hope we come out on top.

The match will be especially important for stand-in captain David Miller who is set to win his 100th T20I cap.

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