South Africa - England: What did we learn from the tourists during the T20 series?

England lost their two match T20 series 2-0 against South Africa, but what did we learn from the tourists during the mini series ahead of the World Cup?

South Africa - England: What did we learn from the tourists during the T20 series?
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England lost 2-0 in the two-match T20 series with South Africa which was really a warm up before the World T20 which starts next month. There are a lot of things that are still to be put right by the England side before the tournament if they stand a chance of winning it, so what did we learn from this series from England?

Steven Finn needs to come back into the side

Steven Finn is a player that England missed during the series with South Africa. Finn is in the T20 squad for the World Cup and hopefully, he will be fit to start the first game.

During the series, there were occasions that Finn would have been handy to have with the extra pace and bounce that he has. The other England bowlers are very good bowlers to have but in India you will need someone who offers you something different and Finn certainly does that.

Regular batting collapses 

A habit that has started to happen in last few games for England is batting collapses not only during the T20 matches, but the ODI matches too. In the two T20s, their batting was a problem as in the first T20 they lost five wickets for twenty-nine runs to end up posting a score of 134 which was well below par.

The second T20 saw England collapse again which was poor as at one stage with Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler at the crease they were taking the team to a score over two hundred, but a collapse of seven wickets for fourteen runs put a hold to that.

England have been told by coach Trevor Bayliss since he took over that he wants them to go out in the field and go hard from the start. It's okay to do this is some occasions, but there are also occasions where they have to play the situation better. 

In India during the World Cup England cannot afford this to happen as they will need all of the runs that they can get so that they are able to get as far as they can in the competition.

Adil Rashid was the seventh wicket to fall for fourteen runs in the 2nd T20 versus South Africa | Photo: Getty Images
Adil Rashid was the seventh wicket to fall for fourteen runs for England in the 2nd T20 versus South Africa | Photo: Getty Images

Fielding practice is needed before the World T20

England's fielding let them down during the T20 series whether it be misfields, runouts or catches. South Africa totally out-fielded England during the series which is something that the England players need to improve on heading into the World Cup.

The sides who usually do well with their fielding in these competitions are the ones that go really deep into it.

In the first T20 Chris Morris, who won South Africa the game, was dropped when he first came to the crease and it ended up being very costly.

Need to play spin better

England's frailties against spin started to come to the floor once again against South Africa when Imran Tahir produced a match winning spell in the first T20, taking four wickets for 21 runs.

In India with the spinning pitches, it is vital that England play spin well as it could decide how far they can go in the competition. England have struggled in previous tournaments when it has been held in the sub-continent, and will have to get their heads down over the next two weeks to see how they are going to play it.

Buttler is key to England's chances in India 

Buttler once again showed how valuable he is to the England side in the one-day form of the game. In the first T20 even though he didn't score at the rate that he would have wanted to he made thirty-two crucial runs which almost got England to a winning score.

In the 2nd T20, he was in much sooner at number five and blasted fifty-four runs of twenty-eight runs. The problem was when the wicket of Buttler fell the whole innings started to unravel which was a real problem ahead of the World Cup.

Buttler has recently been bought by the Mumbai Indians to play in the Indian Premier League and is one of the most sought after batsmen in the world. Therefore, in India, it is vital for England that he can get himself use to the conditions and play a lot of match winning knocks.

Jos Buttler in action during his innings of fifty-four in the 2nd T20 | Photo: Getty Images
Jos Buttler in action during his innings of fifty-four in the 2nd T20 | Photo: Getty Images