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Still room for improvement for Nelson Mandela Bay Giants

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Still room for improvement for Nelson Mandela Bay Giants - Sports Leo

England World Cup-winner Jason Roy said there is still room for improvement in the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants team ahead of their Mzansi Super League clash against the Paarl Rocks in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.

The clash at St George’s Park brings together the two top teams in the tournament, with the hosts currently leading the way with 19 points from five games.

They are four points ahead of the visitors, who are also making some good headway this term after reaching the play-offs in 2018.

“We’re keeping it quite relaxed,” he said. “There’s good chemistry going, the boys are getting on well and we’re training extremely hard.

“The boys are up for it at every training session. We haven’t got complacent either.

“We had a discussion ahead of the last game and the guys were saying that we’re probably up to around seventy-five to eighty per cent.

“We haven’t quite got that perfect performance just yet, so I’m excited to see what that perfect performance entails. There’s stuff to improve on, but winning’s winning.”

The Giants are still unbeaten this year, winning four out of five games.

“We’re quite resilient and we don’t panic,” he said. “We have had a bit of luck as well, but we’re not going to get complacent, and hope to continue this form into the next few games.”

Roy himself – a winner with England at the 50-over World Cup on home soil in July – has not been in great form. He recorded scores of nought, 31 and one, before finally coming good with his maiden half-century for the Giants in their five-wicket win over Durban Heat in the last game.

The 29-year-old believes he is slowly settling into the competition and looking forward to some strong displays at the business end of proceedings.

“It’s never easy coming in as an overseas pro,” he adds. “There’s always an expectation and people want you to come in and get going from the outset, they’re saying ‘he’s the overseas pro and he’s an international player so he must score runs every game’. It’s not like that.

“I’ll be the first to put my hand up and admit that I’ve succumbed to that pressure in the first few games.

“But now I’m feeling a little bit better and my last innings, hopefully, it’s the start of something.”

His team have also been bolstered by the announcement that Dutch all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate has been approved as a replacement for Farhaan Behardien for the remainder of the competition.

The Rocks too have a new face within their ranks after they named Ruan de Swardt as a replacement for JP Duminy.

Veteran opener Henry Davids is expecting a closely-fought battle against the log log-leaders in PE.

“All the teams are quite strong, it ultimately boils down to on the day how you execute, who does things better and who wants it more,” he concluded. “I think most teams are fairly balanced and fairly equal.

“It will be the team that does their disciplines best who will come out on top.”

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