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    Sri Lanka tour of South Africa 2019

    Sri Lanka axe skipper after Test defeat

    Dinesh Chandimal dropped following his team's series loss to Australia

    Sri Lanka have dropped captain Dinesh Chandimal from the Test squad for the upcoming tour of South Africa.
    Selectors have asked him to play domestic cricket to regain his form.

    Sri Lanka Cricket has appointed opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne as stand-in captain of a 17-player squad for the two-Test series beginning February 13.

    Chandimal’s omission follows scoes of 5, 0, 15 and 4 in their 0-2 series defeat to Australia.

    The squad includes three uncapped players: batsman Oshada Fernando, seam bowler Mohmed Shiraz and left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya.

    Allrounder Milinda Siriwardana has been recalled for the Test squad for the first time in nearly three years.
    The Tests are in Durban from February 13 and Port Elizabeth from February 21.

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    Thats huge.

    But not as huge as Saurav Ganguly getting dropped as captain in 2005 after Pakistan crushed India in India under legendary Inzamam ul Haq.

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    Yes CHandimal was supposed to lead from the front. Dropping him for form is fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaaik View Post
    Sri Lanka axe skipper after Test defeat

    Dinesh Chandimal dropped following his team's series loss to Australia

    Sri Lanka have dropped captain Dinesh Chandimal from the Test squad for the upcoming tour of South Africa.
    Selectors have asked him to play domestic cricket to regain his form.

    Sri Lanka Cricket has appointed opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne as stand-in captain of a 17-player squad for the two-Test series beginning February 13.

    Chandimal’s omission follows scoes of 5, 0, 15 and 4 in their 0-2 series defeat to Australia.

    The squad includes three uncapped players: batsman Oshada Fernando, seam bowler Mohmed Shiraz and left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya.

    Allrounder Milinda Siriwardana has been recalled for the Test squad for the first time in nearly three years.
    The Tests are in Durban from February 13 and Port Elizabeth from February 21.

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    SA will be more brutal than AUS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhony View Post
    SA will be more brutal than AUS.
    you don't say it. Given how they struggled on Australian flat pitches against bouncers, olivier vs SL will be a nightmare for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnaveen1980 View Post
    you don't say it. Given how they struggled on Australian flat pitches against bouncers, olivier vs SL will be a nightmare for them.
    SL won't do any worse than Pakistan.

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    Sri Lanka tour of South Africa 2019

    Dimuth Karunaratne will lead Sri Lanka in their Test series against South Africa after regular captain Dinesh Chandimal was left out of the squad.

    Chandimal will instead play domestic cricket in an attempt to regain form. He has made just one half-century on Sri Lanka's tours of Australia and New Zealand.

    Karunaratne has been one of Sri Lanka's stand-out Test batsmen in recent times, having been named in the ICC Test Team of the Year 2018 and having made five half-centuries in his last six Tests. He has never captained his country before, with fast bowler Suranga Lakmal having led the side in Chandimal's absence in recent times.

    Elsewhere, there have been several other changes to the squad which toured Australia. Wicketkeeper-batsman Sadeera Samarawickrama, batsman Roshen Silva, who made 61 runs in four innings in New Zealand and Australia, and off-spinning all-rounder Dilruwan Perera, who scored 61 runs at 8.71 and took six wickets at 94.33, have all been left out, while seamers Lahiru Kumara and Dushmantha Chameera remain injured.

    In their places, Sri Lanka have recalled top-order bat Kaushal Silva and left-arm-spinning all-rounder Milinda Siriwardana, while uncapped players Oshada Fernando, Angelo Perera, Mohamed Shiraz, and Lasith Embuldeniya have also all been called up. Quicks Vishwa Fernando and Chamika Karunaratne, who were called up as replacements on the Australia tour, have retained their places.

    Kaushal has three Test centuries and an average just under 30 from his 39 Tests so far, and recently hit 273 in Sri Lankan first-class cricket for Sinhalese Sports Club against Sri Lanka Army. Siriwardana has a Test batting average of 33 and a bowling average of 23 from his five Tests, and has been in sparkling recent form with the bat, scoring three centuries in three innings for Saracens and Sri Lanka A across the turn of the year.

    Angelo Perera, who played six limited-overs internationals for Sri Lanka between 2013 and 2016, made history just days ago, becoming only the second player to hit two double-centuries in the same first-class game, while Oshada has been in similarly scintillating form, totting up six centuries in his last 14 first-class innings, culminating with knocks of 109 and 234 in the same game for Chilaw against Colts.

    Slow left-armer Embuldeniya and right-arm seamer Shiraz are more inexperienced, but have enjoyed excellent starts to their careers. Embuldeniya has 125 wickets at 20.13 in his first 21 first-class games, while Shiraz recently claimed six wickets in a game against Ireland A.

    The series begins on Wednesday, 13 February.

    Squad:

    Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Niroshan Dickwella, (vc) Lahiru Thirimanne, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Milinda Siriwardana, Dhananjaya De Silva, Oshada Fernando, Angelo Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Kasun Rajitha, Vishwa Fernando, Chamika Karunaratne, Mohamed Shiraz, Lakshan Sandakan, Lasith Embuldeniya

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    Another massacre awaits

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    Quote Originally Posted by AamchiMumbaikar View Post
    Another massacre awaits
    Agreed. SL would likely lose all matches across formats.

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    I am expecting atleast one two day South Africa win if srilanka bats first

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    CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) today called up 20-year-old bizhub Highveld Lions all-rounder Wiaan Mulder to the Standard Bank Proteas Test squad for the two-match Castle Lager Series against Sri Lanka starting next week.

    Mulder was previously included in the squad for the Test Series against Australia last year but has still to make his debut, having been ruled out by injury for much of the current South African season.

    This is the only addition to the Proteas Test squad that scored a clean sweep 3-0 series victory over Pakistan earlier this season.

    “Wiaan has been part of our strategic thinking in developing a batting all-rounder for the Test squad for some time,” commented CSA National Selection Panel (NSP) convener Linda Zondi. “His injury in the white ball series against Zimbabwe last year came at an unfortunate time and we are gradually working him back into the Proteas set-up.

    “We never want to rush players back from injury because that can be counter-productive, but he has now had a couple of good weeks of action in the 4-Day Domestic Series.

    “For the same reason we are not going to rush Lungi Ngidi back into international action until he has had the time to gain full match fitness.

    “After the convincing victory against Pakistan the selectors are looking to exercise consistency in the squad and at the same time to strengthen it through the inclusion of Mulder,” concluded Mr. Zondi.

    Standard Bank Proteas Test squad: Faf du Plessis (Multiply Titans, capt), Hashim Amla (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Temba Bavuma (bizhub Highveld Lions), Theunis de Bruyn (Multiply Titans), Quinton de Kock (Multiply Titans), Dean Elgar (Multiply Titans), Zubayr Hamza (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Aiden Markram (Multiply Titans), Wiaan Mulder (bizhub Highveld Lions), Duanne Olivier (VKB Knights), Vernon Philander (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Kagiso Rabada (bizhub Highveld Lions), Dale Steyn (Multiply Titans)

    SRI LANKA TOUR TO SA 2019

    February 13-17 : 10h00, 1st Castle Lager Test match, Kingsmead, Durban
    February 21-25 : 10h00, 2nd Castle Lager Test match, St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth


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    Hope these players have private health insurance. The South Africans I mean.

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    Given how the SL batsmen did against short pitched bowling, I'm worried about what Olivier will do to them.

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    Probably gonna see a repeat of how Bangladesh fared against South Africa a year and a half ago.

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    Poor Chandimal. He got injured after 1 test vs England a few months ago. But prior to that he was really consistent scoring runs vs Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and the WIs. Yet after 4 bad test matches they've dropped him. Lol what is going on within SL cricket?

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    Chandimal shouldn't have been dropped. He should have been moved down the order where he has done a good job. South Africa should beat Sri Lanka in all formats. And they will probably continue to test more new players out.

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    'Want to be dominant' – Keshav Maharaj looks forward to Sri Lanka series

    After South Africa's 2-0 drubbing in the away Test series against Sri Lanka last year, spinner Keshav Maharaj said it is payback time as his side are going to try to dominate the opposition in home conditions.

    "Whichever team comes here we're pretty much going to try and dominate them. Especially Sri Lanka, who were really dominant against us in Sri Lanka," Maharaj said ahead of the two-Test series on Monday, 11 February. "Now they are in our conditions and hopefully we can put in a dominant display in the two Tests."

    When South Africa last toured Sri Lanka in July 2018, they were handed heavy defeats in both the Tests by the hosts. Since that series, Faf du Plessis and his men have swept a three-Test series at home in December-January against Pakistan, and they would take the confidence into the next assignment.

    Maharaj added that South Africa are not going to take anything for granted, saying: "Every series you play you want to be dominant and whitewash the opposition - for want of a better word.

    "Playing here this should be our fortress. When people come here they should be on the back foot when they do take the field. But we're taking nothing for granted, whoever our opponents are."

    South Africa currently have one of the best pace bowling department which features Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada and Duanne Olivier.

    However, one major concern for the hosts would be the venues for the two Tests – Durban's Kingsmead and St George's Park of Port Elizabeth – which are both likely to provide at least some assistance to the spinners, which could work to Sri Lanka's advantage.

    "At Kingsmead, it's not your swing and fast bowling wicket that we were used to 10 or 15 years ago," Maharaj pointed out. "The wicket will wear down and slow down significantly I would say. I think it's just a patience game at Kingsmead now.

    "It's a little bit slower than expected. But with the sun about, it may make the wicket harden up and get a little bit quicker than what we're used to as well," he added.

    South Africa don't have a good record in Durban having lost six out of the eight Tests they had played at the venue but they do have a decent record in Port Elizabeth, where they also have beaten Sri Lanka once in 2016.

    Maharaj, who was the joint highest wicket-taker in the 2018 series against Sri Lanka, is confident, however, of South Africa's chances in the first Test at the venue.

    "Things do change, and the mindset changes. This Test unit is a different team from what we were on previous occasions playing at Kingsmead. I am confident we can get over the line and change the mindset that's from the public, and from the players."

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    What is the weather forecast during the Test ? [ Durban , 14th to 19th Feb ]

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    Dananjaya returns for SA ODIs as Sri Lanka ring the changes

    Akila Dananjaya is set to return to international cricket after being included in Sri Lanka’s squad for the upcoming five-match ODI series against South Africa.

    Dananjaya’s action has been declared as legal after undergoing remedial work, and he will resume his international career having last played for Sri Lanka in their Test series against England in 2018.

    Dananjaya's inclusion is one of a number of changes to Sri Lanka’s squad. Experienced opener Upul Tharanga returns to the side having missed out on selection for the tour of New Zealand, while Oshada Fernando, who made his Test debut in Sri Lanka’s one-wicket win over South Africa in Durban last week, has received his maiden ODI call-up.

    Others selected include: Avishka Fernando, Kamindu Mendis, Priyamal Perera, Isuru Udana and Vishwa Fernando. Angelo Perera, who recently became the second man in history to score two double centuries in a first-class match, has also been named in the 17-man squad.

    Udana's inclusion is a particularly notable one – the left-arm seamer's last ODI appearance came against India in July 2012. However, after some impressive performances for Sri Lanka A against Ireland Wolves – Udana took 11 wickets in five List A matches – he now finds himself back in the 50-over reckoning.

    Dinesh Chandimal, who missed out on selection for the Test series, has also been excluded from the ODI squad. The ODI series is Sri Lanka's last before squads for the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup are announced in April.

    Sri Lanka have also announced a change to their squad for the ongoing Test series. Chamika Karunaratne, who made his Test bow against Australia at the start of the month, has suffered an injury and is to be replaced by Asitha Fernando.

    The first ODI between South Africa and Sri Lanka is set to take place on 3 March in Johannesburg.

    https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/1057207

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    ACKERMAN TO LEAD SA INVITATION XI AGAINST SRI LANKA

    Tuesday, 19 February 2019


    MARQUES ACKERMAN will lead the SA Invitation XI in a one-day tour match against Sri Lanka to be played at Willowmoore Park, Benoni, on Thursday, 28 February, 2019.

    SA Invitation XI: Marques Ackerman (KZN Coastal, capt), Eathan Bosch (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Tshepang Dithole (Central Gauteng), Leus du Plooy (Northerns), Gregory Mahlokwana (Northerns), Sibonelo Makhanya (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Wandile Makwetu (Northerns),Thando Mnyaka (Free State), Luvuyo Nkese (Northerns), Kyle Simmonds (Boland), Raynard van Tonder (Free State).


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    Injury update from the Proteas camp: Vernon Philander will miss the second Test against Sri Lanka due to a hamstring injury. There will be no replacement add to the squad.


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    Missed Perera's knock on final day . 153 not out chasing 304 is outstanding .
    Rabada & Steyn bowled 40.3 overs out of 85.3 & took 3 for 168 . Poor . Why was DO underbowled at 35 for 2 from 16 overs ?
    Port E , the venue of 2nd Test is another slowish surface & the groundsmen will have to water it liberally , allow a good grass cover & hope hosts win the toss & bowl . I would be disappointed if Philander is replaced by Theunis & not the all rounder Mulder .
    i guess 1-1 here .

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    "South Africa seamer Vernon Philander has been ruled out of contention for the second Test against Sri Lanka with a grade one hamstring strain.

    The 33-year old, ranked at No.4 in the MRF Tyres Test Bowling Rankings and fifth in the charts for all-rounders, is slated to be out for 10-12 days, thus missing the final match of South Africa's home international summer.

    21-year old uncapped all-rounder Wiaan Mulder is likely to come in as his replacement, as the Proteas look to bounce back from a remarkable one-wicket defeat in the first bout.

    "Vernon’s got a grade 1 hamstring strain‚" said head coach and former West Indies fast bowler Ottis Gibson. "This is the last Test match of the summer and he’s pretty much out for 10 to 12 days‚ which rules him out of this Test match.

    "We will look at the conditions and then we will try make the best decision for the team. Obviously‚ Mulder would be a like-for-like replacement for Vernon‚ so that is something that we will consider as well."

    Gibson also heaped praised on Kusal Perera, Sri Lanka's fourth innings hero from the first Test who scored an unbeaten 153 to guide his side to an unlikely victory, putting on 78 with last man Vishwa Fernando. "There’s absolutely no focus on revenge," he said.

    "We are just focusing on playing a little bit better perhaps. When you look at what happened in Durban you have to give them a lot of credit. We threw everything at him and he withstood all of that. We bowled spin‚ we went around the wicket‚ over the wicket‚ we bounced him‚ we tried to york him.

    “We did everything. And that’s the nature of sport‚ sometimes‚ somebody has a day and he then makes a personal best score to win a Test match. The thing for us and sport in general‚ is there is always another opportunity to put things right and we are all very eager to get things started on Thursday."

    The second Test begins on Thursday, 21 February from St George's Park."

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    CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) has recalled Multiply Titans fast bowler Lungi Ngidi to the Standard Bank Proteas squad for the first three Momentum One-Day Internationals against Sri Lanka and has also named fellow fast bowler, Anrich Nortje of the Warriors, as a new cap.

    All-rounder Wiaan Mulder of the bizhub Highveld Lions, who was added to the squad for the final ODI against Pakistan, has been retained.

    “It is great to have Lungi back in the squad after a lengthy period on the sidelines caused by the injury he suffered in the white ball series in Australia last year,” commented CSA National Selection Panel (NSP) convener Linda Zondi. “His recent form for the Titans in the Momentum One-Day Cup has been most impressive and he is clearly match fit for international cricket again.

    “Anrich has also come back well from injury and we want to see what he can offer the Proteas after his highly impressive form in the Mzansi Super League. Outright pace is not something that you can coach, and he looks another exciting addition to our pace arsenal.

    “Those players who were in the squad against Pakistan but who have been left out this time have not been dropped. We need to use the first part of this series to examine all the options that are available to us,” explained Mr. Zondi. “We know, for example, what Hashim Amla has to offer us and he remains a senior member of our squad.

    “We are also hopeful that the last remaining Protea on the injury list, JP Duminy, will be available for the last two matches against Sri Lanka,” concluded Mr. Zondi.

    Standard Bank Proteas ODI squad (for first three games against Sri Lanka): Faf du Plessis (Multiply Titans, capt), Quinton de Kock (Multiply Titans), Reeza Hendricks (bizhub Highveld Lions), Imran Tahir (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Wiaan Mulder (bizhub Highveld Lions), Lungi Ngidi (Multiply Titans), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Dwaine Pretorius (bizhub Highveld Lions), Kagiso Rabada (bizhub Highveld Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Multiply Titans), Dale Steyn (Multiply Titans), Rassie van der Dussen (bizhub Highveld Lions).

    FIXTURES

    March 3 : 10h00, 1st Momentum ODI, Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg (Day)

    March 6 : 13h00, 2nd Momentum ODI, SuperSport Park, Centurion (D/N)

    March 10 : 10h00, 3rd Momentum ODI, Kingsmead, Durban (Day)

    March 13 : 13h00, 4th Momentum ODI, St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth (D/N)

    March 16 : 13h00, 5th Momentum ODI, PPC Newlands, Cape Town (D/N)
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    South Africa's squad for the ODI series against Sri Lanka (Hashim Amla dropped)

    Proteas ODI squad (for first three games against Sri Lanka): Faf du Plessis (capt), Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Rassie van der Dussen.
    Link: https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/1063134


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    It's his pathetic selfish innings in the previous ODI series against Pakistan that has resulted in this, I believe.


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    I can't find any other thread talking about Sri Lankan test series victory over South Africa, so this one has to do.

    I am speechless here. I don't ever recall a bigger upset in an away test series win. Sri Lanka did beat England 5-6 years back in a very impressive display, when odds were hugely in favor of England, but that series was affected by rains and minor luck of the draw going SL way. This victory however and in the manner that it's achieved are just out of the world. The grit showed by SL batsmen throughout (the one wicket win in the first test, and then an amazing batting display in the fourth innings of second test), in addition to the more than impressive bowling, is simply mind boggling. I am running out of adjectives here, but this will be a series long remembered by cricket fans.

    I wish Pakistan test team could show even a fraction of the character and application that Sri Lankan test team has shown in this series. It's one thing to win on talent and individual brilliance, and completely another to win simply by not giving up and doing your best to get to the finish line.

    Hats off to the Sri Lankan test cricket team!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hitman View Post
    It's his pathetic selfish innings in the previous ODI series against Pakistan that has resulted in this, I believe.
    Whatever the reason is, they have rested him. Something indians can't do with MSD.

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    On topic, great victory for the Sri lankans, probably the best ever for an asian team away from home. These South African team was beatable because they had some out of players, like Amla and Faf but still that is a big achievement.

    Many tough india will do it and then maybe pakistan will do it but no.

    Bravo Sri Lanka! I hope they will continue to do well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mobashir View Post
    Whatever the reason is, they have rested him. Something indians can't do with MSD.
    Rested? You mean he will be in the squad for the World Cup?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikhil_cric View Post
    Agreed. SL would likely lose all matches across formats.
    Boy oh boy. This has aged well


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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) has recalled Multiply Titans fast bowler Lungi Ngidi to the Standard Bank Proteas squad for the first three Momentum One-Day Internationals against Sri Lanka and has also named fellow fast bowler, Anrich Nortje of the Warriors, as a new cap.

    All-rounder Wiaan Mulder of the bizhub Highveld Lions, who was added to the squad for the final ODI against Pakistan, has been retained.

    “It is great to have Lungi back in the squad after a lengthy period on the sidelines caused by the injury he suffered in the white ball series in Australia last year,” commented CSA National Selection Panel (NSP) convener Linda Zondi. “His recent form for the Titans in the Momentum One-Day Cup has been most impressive and he is clearly match fit for international cricket again.

    “Anrich has also come back well from injury and we want to see what he can offer the Proteas after his highly impressive form in the Mzansi Super League. Outright pace is not something that you can coach, and he looks another exciting addition to our pace arsenal.

    “Those players who were in the squad against Pakistan but who have been left out this time have not been dropped. We need to use the first part of this series to examine all the options that are available to us,” explained Mr. Zondi. “We know, for example, what Hashim Amla has to offer us and he remains a senior member of our squad.

    “We are also hopeful that the last remaining Protea on the injury list, JP Duminy, will be available for the last two matches against Sri Lanka,” concluded Mr. Zondi.

    Standard Bank Proteas ODI squad (for first three games against Sri Lanka): Faf du Plessis (Multiply Titans, capt), Quinton de Kock (Multiply Titans), Reeza Hendricks (bizhub Highveld Lions), Imran Tahir (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Wiaan Mulder (bizhub Highveld Lions), Lungi Ngidi (Multiply Titans), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Dwaine Pretorius (bizhub Highveld Lions), Kagiso Rabada (bizhub Highveld Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Multiply Titans), Dale Steyn (Multiply Titans), Rassie van der Dussen (bizhub Highveld Lions).

    FIXTURES

    March 3 : 10h00, 1st Momentum ODI, Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg (Day)

    March 6 : 13h00, 2nd Momentum ODI, SuperSport Park, Centurion (D/N)

    March 10 : 10h00, 3rd Momentum ODI, Kingsmead, Durban (Day)

    March 13 : 13h00, 4th Momentum ODI, St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth (D/N)

    March 16 : 13h00, 5th Momentum ODI, PPC Newlands, Cape Town (D/N)
    Very bizarre selection by South Africa. Just five specialist batsmen in the squad. That's very strange especially knowing that this is were they are struggling the most.

    They should have given these 5 ODI's to Aiden Markram or Malan to try to establish at the top.
    At this time I consider them a very average side with absolutely no chance of winning the world cup. I don't know, how can they get up from here on, being so close to the WC.

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    “Those players who were in the squad against Pakistan but who have been left out this time have not been dropped. We need to use the first part of this series to examine all the options that are available to us,” explained Mr. Zondi. “We know, for example, what Hashim Amla has to offer us and he remains a senior member of our squad.
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    A magnificent maiden 50-over century by Raynard van Tonder was not enough as Sri Lanka warmed up for the five-match one-day international series against the Standard Bank Proteas with a comfortable six-wicket win over a SA Invitation XI in Benoni on Thursday.

    The former South Africa Under-19 captain blazed his way to 164 off 156 balls in an innings that included 13 fours and five sixes with the home side totalling 304 all out in the tour match at Willowmoore Park.

    He was eventually dismissed by veteran Lasith Malinga, whose first appearance of the tour yielded a fine return of five for 35 in seven overs.

    Avishka Fernando and Oshada Fernando then blasted half-centuries as the islanders cruised to their target with a full nine overs to spare.

    The match was Sri Lanka's first since their historic 2-0 triumph over the Proteas in their recent Test series, and with experienced reinforcement joining in the form of Malinga, Upul Tharanga and Thisara Perera, they looked even stronger.

    Host captain Marques Ackerman (42) won the toss and opted to bat first, putting on 91 with Van Tonder for the opening wicket, before Tshepang Dithole (0) and Sibonelo Makhanya (0) were out first ball leaving the score on 91 for three.

    Leus du Plooy (36) then added 77 alongside Van Tonder for the fourth wicket, before another cluster of wickets left the home side on 184 for six.

    Kyle Simmonds was next to provide support for the opener with 28 that took the South Africans to 256 thanks to another half-century stand, before they then folded in 48 overs.

    Tharanga (45) and Avishka Fernando (72 off 46 balls, 9 fours, 3 sixes) put on 127 for the opening wicket, with Oshada Fernando (63 off 48 balls, 8 fours, 2 sixes) and Kusal Mendis (47) then adding 110 for the third.

    That was enough to take the away side to the brink, with Kamindu Mendis (26 not out) and Priyamal Perera (31 not out) adding the finishing touches in a solid win.

    The opening match of the Momentum One-Day Series between the Standard Bank Proteas and Sri Lanka takes place at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday.



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    AIDEN MARKRAM returns to the Standard Bank Proteas ODI squad for the final two Momentum One-Day International matches against Sri Lanka on the back of his outstanding recent form that included back-to-back centuries that have helped propel his Multiply Titans franchise to the top spot on the Momentum One-Day Cup log.

    The squad also features the return of experienced hands Hashim Amla and JP Duminy. The latter has made a successful comeback for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras after being out of action for several months following shoulder surgery.

    “Experience is always a key factor in major tournaments such as the ICC Men’s World Cup,” commented Cricket South Africa National Selection Panel Convener (CSA NSP) Linda Zondi. “It is great to see how well JP has regained his best form after being out of action for so long.

    “What has also been highly encouraging is see how well the Proteas have played when they have returned to franchise cricket. It is important that they should dominate at this level and that their skills should rub off on our emerging talent.

    “JP, Aiden and Dwaine Pretorius have all made significant contributions to their franchises in recent matches.

    “We will use the final two matches in the ODI series to continue to examine all the options that are available to us as far as the World Cup squad is concerned,” concluded Mr. Zondi.

    Standard Bank Proteas ODI squad (for final two Momentum ODI games against Sri Lanka): Faf du Plessis (Multiply Titans, capt), Hashim Amla (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Quinton de Kock (Multiply Titans), JP Duminy (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Imran Tahir (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Aiden Markram (Multiply Titans), David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Multiply Titans), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Dwaine Pretorius (bizhub Highveld Lions), Kagiso Rabada (bizhub Highveld Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Multiply Titans), Dale Steyn (Multiply Titans), Rassie van der Dussen (bizhub Highveld Lions).

    FIXTURES

    March 13 : 13h00, 4th Momentum ODI, St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth (D/N)
    March 16 : 13h00, 5th Momentum ODI, PPC Newlands, Cape Town (D/N)



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    CSA CONGRATULATES PROTEAS ON SRI LANKA ODI SERIES WIN

    Monday, 11 March 2019

    CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) today congratulated the Standard Bank Proteas on winning the Momentum ODI Series against Sri Lanka. They clinched the five-match series 3-0 when they won the third match by 71 runs on the DLS method at Kingsmead in Durban yesterday.

    “Congratulations to our Proteas on their fifth successive ODI series win, following their previous successes away to Sri Lanka and Australia and at home to Zimbabwe and Pakistan,” commented CSA Chief Executive Thabang Moroe.

    “They have built on the consistent form they have shown in this format for a considerable period of time and it bodes well for the ICC Men’s World Cup later this year.

    “It shows that our vision 2019 concept is well on track and it is pleasing to see the depth of talent that is coming to the fore in all departments and giving our national selectors a wide pool of players from which to make their final selection.

    “It has been particularly encouraging to see the way that newcomers such as Rassie van der Dussen and Anrich Nortje have come through the system in the past few months and it would be remiss of me not to give a special mention to Quinton de Kock and our captain Faf du Plessis for their outstanding form,” concluded Mr. Moroe.


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    Injured Kusal Perera ruled out of South Africa ODIs

    Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Perera has been ruled out of the remaining two ODIs against South Africa due to a hamstring injury.

    Perera picked up the injury during the third ODI in Durban on Sunday. He hurt his left hamstring while fielding as Sri Lanka lost the rain-affected contest by 71 runs to concede the series.

    In a media release on Monday, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said they won’t be sending any replacement for the left-hander. Perera was the star performer for the tourists in South Africa Tests as his 353 runs across five innings including a stunning unbeaten 153 helped them to historic 2-0 series win.

    In the five-match series though, Perera managed 41 in two innings as Sri Lanka lost the first three matches and are targeting to reduce the losing margin in the remaining two fixtures to be played on March 13 and 16 in Port Elizabeth and Cape Town respectively.

    In the rain-curtailed third ODI, South Africa were powered by an attacking century from opener Quinton de Kock (121) in a total of 331/5 in 50 overs. The target was then revised to 193 in 24 overs after rain delay.

    Sri Lanka managed 121/5 in the allotted overs with the hosts winning by 71 runs for an unassailable 3-0 lead.

    The ODI series will be followed by a three-match T20I series that gets underway from March 19 in Cape Town.

    https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/...ca-odis-813814

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    Media Advisory: Amla to miss remainder of ODI series on compassionate grounds

    Tuesday, 12 March 2019

    Standard Bank Proteas batsman, Hashim Amla, will miss the remaining Momentum One-Day Internationals (ODI) against Sri Lanka on compassionate leave due to a family illness. Reeza Hendricks has been recalled, and will join up with the squad ahead of the fourth ODI taking place at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.

    Proteas team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee explained: “Hashim has asked to be excused from the last two ODI’s of the current series against Sri Lanka on compassionate grounds since his father is critically ill. Our thoughts and prayers are with Hashim and his family during this difficult time and we understand that family obligations always come first.

    “The selectors have decided to add Reeza Hendricks to the squad. It was always the intention of the selectors to rotate Hashim and Reeza during this Sri Lanka ODI series.”


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    May Allah grant his father a speedy recovery.

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    MARKRAM, NORTJE AND QESHILE NAMED AS NEW CAPS FOR T20 SERIES

    Sunday, 17 March 2019

    CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) today named Multiply Titans batsman Aiden Markram and the Warriors duo of fast bowler Anrich Nortje and wicketkeeper/batsman Sinethemba Qeshile as new caps in the Standard Bank Proteas squad for the three-match KFC T20 International Series against Sri Lanka which starts next week.

    Markram and Nortje are in the squad for all three matches while the 20-year-old Qeshile has been selected for the second and third matches only.

    “The first match forms part of our vision 2019 to continue exploring our options for the ICC Men’s World Cup,” commented CSA National Selection Panel convener Linda Zondi, “and the squad for that match consists largely of the squads that have been doing duty in the Momentum ODI Series against Pakistan and Sri Lanka. We would have liked to include Hashim Amla but unfortunately he remains unavailable because of his family situation.

    “We have used our T20 International matches in the past as the first port of call to widen the pool of talent. This has resulted in Rassie van der Dussen, Gihahn Cloete, Janneman Malan and Lutho Sipamla being brought through the pipeline with considerable success during the course of the current season.

    “Sinethemba Qeshile has had an outstanding rookie season of franchise cricket and is certainly one of the form batsmen in franchise cricket at the moment. He looks a really exciting prospect.

    “JP Duminy will take over the captaincy for the last two matches while we give a short break to Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi who are involved across all three formats for the Proteas,” concluded Mr. Zondi.

    Standard Bank Proteas squad (for 1st KFC T20 International match against Sri Lanka): Faf du Plessis (Multiply Titans, capt), Quinton de Kock (Multiply Titans), JP Duminy (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Reeza Hendricks (bizhub Highveld Lions), Imran Tahir (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Aiden Markram (Multiply Titans), David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Multiply Titans), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Dwaine Pretorius (bizhub Highveld Lions), Kagiso Rabada (bizhub Highveld Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Multiply Titans), Dale Steyn (Multiply Titans), Rassie van der Dussen (bizhub Highveld Lions).

    Standard Bank Proteas squad (for 2nd and 3rd KFC T20 International matches against Sri Lanka): JP Duminy (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, capt), Reeza Hendricks (bizhub Highveld Lions), Aiden Markram (Multiply Titans), David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Chris Morris (Multiply Titans), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Dwaine Pretorius (bizhub Highveld Lions), Sinethemba Qeshile (Warriors), Tabraiz Shamsi (Multiply Titans), Lutho Sipamla (Warriors), Dale Steyn (Multiply Titans), Rassie van der Dussen (bizhub Highveld Lions).


    FIXTURES

    March 19 : 18h00, 1st KFC T20 International, PPC Newlands, Cape Town (D/N)

    March 22 : 18h00, 2nd KFC T20 International, SuperSport Park, Centurion (D/N)

    March 24 : 14h30, 3rd KFC T20 International, Bidvest Wanderers Stadium (Day)


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    WPCA Statement on ODI Light Failure

    After Saturday’s 5th Momentum One Day International between the Standard Bank Proteas and Sri Lanka was curtailed by one of the light pylon’s failing, the Western Province Cricket Association has assured Cricket South Africa and the public that the upcoming KFC T20 International on Tuesday will take place without any issues with the lights.

    WPCA CEO Nabeal Dien expressed regret at what occurred but “unfortunately could not have been detected early in any pre-match testing which takes place before any domestic or international match.”

    “According to our electrical engineers, there was an underground cable that short-circuited due to rodents or age. This also caused the switches and circuit breaker to trip continuously in the pylon. The problem has been resolved and we are confident that tomorrow’s T20 International will take place without any light interruptions,” he added.

    “We apologise to both the Proteas and Sri Lankan teams as well as to the general public who attended the match and who were viewing on television,” he concluded.

    The 1st KFC T20 International between South Africa and Sri Lanka takes place at PPC Newlands on Tuesday, starting at 18h00.


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    South Africa coach Ottis Gibson has said that there will be several changes to the team in the upcoming Twenty20 International series against Sri Lanka, as the Proteas trial new players ahead of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019, a part of Cricket South Africa’s Vision 2019.

    Speaking on the eve of the first T20I on Tuesday, 19 March, Gibson explicitly stated that the senior members, who played a part in South Africa’s 5-0 sweep of the ODIs, would be given a rest in favour of some of the rookies.

    "The first thing is that some of the guys are going to be given a break," Gibson said. "Lungi [Ngidi] picked up a slight niggle in the last game. I don't think it's too serious, but he's going to be given a break.

    "After this first game, KG [Kagiso Rabada] is going to be given a break, and Faf [du Plessis] and Quinton [de Kock] as well, who play all formats. We've brought in [Lutho] Sipamla. We've looked at him in the Pakistan series, he looks a really good prospect. So we're going to try and give him some more game time."

    Gibson added, "We've always used the T20s as an opportunity to expose new talent, and that's what we're going to continue to do with Sipamla and [Sinethemba] Qeshile. Hopefully, the guys that are left here, there's still an opportunity for them to get some form."

    South Africa similarly tried out some of their newer players in the ODI series, where some of those experiments paid off. Anrich Nortje, who was selected ahead of Dale Steyn in four of the five ODIs, impressed with his eight wickets at 18.75.

    Sri Lanka may not have to worry as much about Lungi Ngidi, who troubled them with eight wickets in the ODI series Sri Lanka may not have to worry as much about Lungi Ngidi, who troubled them with eight wickets in the ODI series
    Rassie van der Dussen looked comfortable in the middle order, where he notched up a fifty and finished off successful chases. In all, South Africa have trialled eight new players across the two limited-overs formats this season.

    "The one-day series gave us a good look at some players," Gibson said. "Obviously, the result is quite pleasing going into the World Cup. We saw Nortje come in and do really well. We've seen Rassie now for a while. We would have liked some more performances from other players. The likes of Reeza, I'm, sure would have liked to have made some more runs.

    "He's [Nortje] come in and done quite well. He'll surely be in the conversation at the moment. Even yesterday, in the last game of the series, he bowled really well. And he complements the other bowlers.

    Debutant Anrich Nortje was one of the standout performers in the one-day series Debutant Anrich Nortje was one of the standout performers in the one-day series
    "One of the things that we've always looked at when we're putting together a bowling unit is guys who can get wickets in the middle overs. Him bowling first change with his pace in those middle overs, he is surely a wicket-taker."

    Gibson further said that form would be the primary criteria for World Cup selection, but acknowledged that South Africa may have to fall back on reputation should they not find enough players clicking.

    The coach hinted that would be the mindset with which they approach Hashim Amla’s selection when he becomes available next. Amla hasn’t played international cricket in nearly a month now and has opted out of the T20Is to be with his ailing father.

    Hashim Amla has been out of international commission for nearly a month Hashim Amla has been out of international commission for nearly a month
    "First and foremost, you want to pick on form," Gibson said. "If there's no form to go with, then you have to look at reputation I guess. That's something that we'll have to look at.

    “With regards to Hash, he's not played any cricket for a long time now because of his family situation. So when we sit down to discuss the team, that will surely be one of the things we have to consider."

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