England ave had a busy schedule having played 12 limited-overs fixtures in the last 25 days. As a result, the team has got very little time in training which their captain Jos Buttler says is frustrating giving players very little time to bond.
England and South Africa shared the One-Day International (ODI) series after the third game at Headingley was washed out after just 27.4 overs.
"I think those training days are really important for that team cohesion, the energy within the group, the fielding drills, the camaraderie around the guys without the pressure of a game," Buttler said.
"And they're really vital to high performance. When you miss that chance as well, there's frustration. It is how it is, and that's sort of the way this month has panned out. If we find those situations again, we just have to, I think, just find a way... even if you can't give 100%, can you give 90% of 90? That's a bit of a learning."
"It's tough, a lot of the time around training is when you do your best work, away from the pressures of the game, having good conversations and having a feel for where the group is at. And not just always in game mode, preparing for guys on the day. To get the highest standard of cricket possible, you need to prepare properly.
"Hopefully, that's something we can look at going forward. As a new captain, just having that time to bed in and do that work around your players and with your coaches. That's been a frustration to be truthfully honest - it would be nice to have that time to do the work. But we don't, so you just have to adapt and find the best way. It's been a good challenge."
South Africa managed 159 for 2 in the 27.4 overs possible in Leeds, with Quinton de Kock remaining unbeaten on 92 off 76, before rain abandoned the game.
Buttler feels that his side did not have te same intensity they had in the second ODI. "I thought we didn't have quite the same intensity we had on Friday night," Buttler observed.
"And I know it's easy to say that when you get wickets and everyone's up and about, but I thought we didn't quite have the same intent and energy...maybe only for the first 10 overs of that 20 overs.
"I thought there was a clear difference when we do have it, so just to encourage us to always try and find that as a team. Take the result out of winning or losing, to make sure we're always competing at our best and highest intensity.
"In theory, it sounds easy: it's one-all and you're playing a series decider. But there's no getting past the schedule does make that tough."
With the ODIs out of the way, England and South Africa will clash in a three-match T20 International (T20I) series, starting Wednesday (July 27) in Bristol.