While Australia is currently facing West Indies in the 2-game test series, the Proteas are getting ready to leave for Australia. The current number 1 and number 2 teams on the World Test Championship table will lock horns with each other starting December 17. However, South African pacer Kagiso Rabada has expressed concerns over the long schedule and difficulty to manage it.

Not just Kagiso Rabada but a lot of other players have complained about the same. The pacer has a long year playing seven test matches, five ODIs, and 14 T20Is along with IPL this year. South Africa’s T20 World Cup journey ended with a shocking loss against the Netherlands. However, the team has a chance to make it to the World Test Championship finals but the task won’t be an easy one. Before leaving for their next assignment, Kagiso Rabada spoke to the press.

It’s been a long year: Kagiso Rabada

“It’s Been a Long Year,” Says Kagiso Rabada Ahead of Series in Australia
Kagiso Rabada

“It is a concern with the amount of cricket that’s being played. It needs to be managed. Plans need to be made accordingly. You can feel it in the intensity of your play. It’s not where you want it to be and it catches up with you over time. Playing international cricket, you want high intensity more often than not. It’s just a challenge that needs to be met,” Rabada said.

“I’ve been lucky enough to play with Dale, Vernon, Morne, Kyle Abbott; some greats of the game. You’ve got Lungi and Marco and Anrich now, who are bowling extremely well and have a good taste of international cricket. I’ve bowled in tandem with them for a decent amount of time now for us to know each other and communicate as a group,” he added.

Kagiso Rabada is one of the key bowlers for South Africa who has played with the previous generation of bowlers as well as the current ones. The player said that the newer group of bowlers have settled well with each other to communicate well. South Africa’s last test series was against England where they lost the series 2-1 after winning the first test match. The loss in the previous series has complicated the World Test Championship scenario for South Africa.

South Africa is also to host their first-ever T20 franchise league SA20. After the completion of the test series, some of the players will be playing in the tournament too. Kagiso Rabada is part of the MI Cape Town squad that includes players like Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Rashid Khan, and others. The series begins in January and ends in February.

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