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Last Updated:  Saturday, 1 March, 2003, 10:08 GMT

South Africa 'need spark'
South Africa's Herschelle Gibbs
Herschelle Gibbs will be looking to fire in the field
South Africa coach Eric Simons believes his team will need a more fired-up performance to beat Sri Lanka on Monday and keep their World Cup hopes alive.

The hosts must win in Durban to qualify for the Super Sixes after struggling in the group stage up until now.

And Simons insists it will require more than just an improvement in the fielding standard shown against Canada on Thursday to beat Sri Lanka.

"It was not so much the five dropped catches, but the guys felt overall there wasn't any spark in the field," said Simons.

"Everybody needs to pick up in that department so that we can probably pick up in the batting and bowling departments as well."

The fact that South Africa take on Sri Lanka at Kingsmead is being taken as a good omen.

"Lance Klusener actually said that if we could choose a venue anywhere in the world to play Sri Lanka, it would be Kingsmead," said Simons.

"We must take that positive and build on it. Nothing makes the guys pull together quite like having your backs to the wall.

"At the moment, there is a sense in the team that a really good performance is just round the corner."



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