COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – South Africa might have lost the one-off Twenty20 International to Sri Lanka along with the Test series, but JP Duminy, their stand-in T20I captain, said his side wouldn't walk away from the island with any negativity.
South Africa's tour ended with a three-wicket loss in a low-scoring thriller on Tuesday, – they were first bundled out for their lowest-ever T20I total of 98, but then made a fight of it in the second innings.
South Africa began the tour with a 2-0 loss in the Test series, in which they struggled to handle the Sri Lankan spinners. They did, however, win the five-match one-day international series that followed, seeing off Sri Lanka in the first three ODIs before the hosts secured victories in the last two matches. All considered, Duminy said there were plenty of positives.
"I don't think we're walking away from Sri Lanka with negativity," he said. "I think there's a lot of positives. I've certainly experienced many tours of the subcontinent when you walk away with your head in your hands not knowing where your next run or next wicket is going to come from.
"Yes, there's disappointment about the Test series, but from a one-day perspective, we've taken huge strides in my opinion. I'm excited by the brand of cricket we're trying to adopt. I believe we can only get better.”