“We haven’t done too well in the ODI format of late, but we have been trying various combinations and methods, so hopefully we can find that rhythm to our game and we can start on a positive note.
“England are coming off quite a bit of cricket so they are a much more settled team. But having put in the hard work over the last 12 months I think we are going to see some good performances from this series and going forward.”
The series does not count towards the Cricket World Cup Super League qualification process, but Maharaj said that would not detract from wanting to improve the performances of the team.
“I think it is important for us as an ODI unit to keep playing together. I think the more you play, the better you get and the more you can work on combinations.
“They are still international cricket games, so it is enough motivation to play and build towards the series and other ICC events coming up.”
Maharaj said his job as stand-in was to build on the work already done by injured regular captain Temba Bavuma.
“It is just to pick up where Temba left off. We know our philosophy and strategy as a unit, so it is about filtering that into the current series. Obviously, on the field, things might differ slightly.”
As they look to add just a second ODI series win in England since readmission, Maharaj said this one presented a golden opportunity for the group of players to write their piece of SA cricket history.