“I am a type of guy when I go in I try to read the situation of the game and sort of plan my innings accordingly. Tying to adapt is one thing I try to work on, [and] having the game and options to try to put bowlers under pressure regardless of the situation.
“I won’t say much has changed, but as a cricketer you are always evolving, striving to get better, and it will be much of the same going forward.
“I’ll look at the footage of the game on Wednesday and talk to our batting coach to see where I can improve and, hopefully, in three days’ time do it all over again.”
SA’s win was also influenced by the contributions of the bowlers as they restricted England to 271 after 46 overs despite the efforts of Joe Root (86) and Jonny Bairstow (63).
“The bowlers were brilliant, we gave them feedback halfway through in terms of lengths and lines, they took it on board and they executed brilliantly. England couldn’t get to the rate they needed to stay in the game.
“You could see they were trying different things and strategies, but our bowlers kept them quiet throughout the match and they were brilliant. It was pretty hot, I think it was mid-30s, though for us coming from SA it wasn’t too bad.
“We just had a tour to India which was a lot worse — you could see the toll it [the weather] took on English players.”
Though it was a good win to start the series, Van der Dussen cautioned against his teammates going into complacency mode.
“It was a massive result for us. In saying that, it is only one match of a long tour. We will enjoy the win and have a look at the footage to see where we can improve in the next match.
“It has been a long few months, we came here 10 days ago because we had to prepare early and haven’t had a lot of time at home, especially the guys that were at the IPL [Indian Premier League].
“Obviously, there is still a long tour with lots of cricket still to be played, so with 10 days and playing two warm-up games we got used to the conditions and it was a good toss to win, and we executed brilliantly.”
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