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Temba Bavuma braced for competitive series

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: CSA begin their final T20 series before next month’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup by facing India in the first of three matches. 

The games offer head coach Mark Boucher his last chance to fine tune the squad and test out combinations ahead of the month-long T20 spectacle in Australia.

Speaking ahead of the opening game, captain Temba Bavuma was predicting an evenly contested contest between the two teams.

“We’re expecting it to be a good series, a competitive one, as it always is when we play India,” he told the media on Tuesday. “The last time we were here, we were tested and challenged in all departments of our game and I think we answered those challenges quite well. So I expect a good, strong and competitive series.”

The Proteas have been on an upward trajectory in the game’s shortest format, winning five out of their last six bilateral series – the sixth one being a tied 2-2 scoreline against the same opponents in the sub-continent earlier this year.

Bavuma said he was pleased with their overall progress as a team in 20-over cricket, adding that this final series was a chance to ensure all their preparations we finalised ahead of their World Cup opener against a still to be determined opponent in Hobart on 24 October.

“This will be our last series before the World Cup and we’ll be looking to plug any gaps we feel that are there,” the skipper explained. “We have guys who have been playing a lot of cricket and I guess we will be managing their intensity.

“We also have guys who need some cricket under their belts. It will be to give those guys some game time because this is our last preparation in different conditions compared to Australia but still match time nevertheless.”

Like South Africa, India too will be using the series for any final experimentation ahead of the World Cup. The hosts are coming off a 2-1 series win over Australia which ended on Sunday, a sequence of games that saw the return to form of some of their big gun players like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

Bavuma added: “Those are names with big pedigree behind them. As you would have seen in the last while their confidence has boosted the performances of the team.

“We expect them to obviously come on and lead from the front, which is good practice for the team. It will be good for us to come up against their best. We expect those guys to bring a lot of confidence and X-factor into their team.”

CSA T20I squad against India

Temba Bavuma (captain,  Quinton de Kock , Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Marco JansenKeshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs.





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