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South Africa's tour to Sri Lanka 2018

DanDango

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South Africa's tour to Sri Lanka to include ODIs, one-off T20I

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and Cricket South Africa (CSA) by mutual consent have agreed to scrap a Test match and include five ODIs with next year's World Cup in mind.

South Africa's tour to Sri Lanka that gets underway in July was initially suppose to have just three Test matches, but both boards have agreed to play an ODI series and a one off T20 International as well.

"It was done with the World Cup in mind obviously. We have lot of Test cricket in the next ten months and we wanted to make sure that there is a good balance of ODI cricket as well," SLC CEO Ashley de Silva told Cricbuzz.
http://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-new...our-to-sri-lanka-to-include-odis-one-off-t20i

South Africa's itinerary:

July 4: SA arrive in Sri Lanka

July 7-8: Two-day practice match, P Sara Stadium, Colombo

July 12-16: 1st Test match, Galle

July 20-24: 2nd Test match, Colombo

July 26: One-day warm-up match, venue to be confirmed

July 29: 1st ODI, Dambulla (day match)

August 1: 2nd ODI, Dambulla (d/n)

August 5: 3rd ODI, Kandy (day match)

August 8: 4th ODI, Kandy (d/n)

August 12: 5th ODI, Colombo (d/n)

August 14: T20 International, Colombo (d/n)
 

DanDango

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All the ODI's are probably preparation for the World Cup
The 2019 Cricket World Cup is scheduled to be hosted by England and Wales, from 30 May to 14 July 2019. Playing ODI on flat wickets is not good preparation.
 

stefan9

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SL not the best at tests, at the moment, perhaps it is better for them at the moment.
Has nothing to do with better, its all about $$$. Don't want to host more then 2 tests unless its vs india,aus,england or pakistan...
 

Agent_Smith

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From Supersport.com

Steyn returns for Sri Lanka tour

Dale Steyn make his long-awaited return to the Standard Bank Proteas test squad for the two-match series to be played against Sri Lanka next month.

The 15-player squad also sees the return of Multiply Titans wrist spinner, Tabraiz Shamsi, whose only previous test was the pink ball match against Australia at the Adelaide Oval in 2016, and the first-time inclusion of the uncapped Multiply Titans legspinner, Shaun von Berg.

“It is very welcome news to have Dale back in our pack of world-class seamers,” commented Cricket South Africa (CSA) National Selection Panel (NSC) convener Linda Zondi, “particularly in view of the retirement of Morne Morkel.

“Kagiso Rabada has also made a complete recovery from the injury concerns he had at the end of the Australia test Series.

“A key factor in our selection process was to cover all our bases and all possible conditions that we may encounter in Sri Lanka. The two additional spinners to back up Keshav Maharaj have both had excellent records in recent times in our domestic cricket. Von Berg also gives us additional batting strength in the lower order.

“Heinrich Klaasen is the other uncapped player although he has been part of our squad for some time. He provides wicketkeeping cover for Quinton de Kock and is also a contender for a specialist batting position.”

Standard Bank Proteas test squad: Faf du Plessis (Multiply Titans, capt), Hashim Amla (WSB Cape Cobras), Temba Bavuma (WSB Cape Cobras), Quinton de Kock (Multiply Titans), Theunis de Bruyn (Multiply Titans), Dean Elgar (Multiply Titans), Heinrich Klaasen (Multiply Titans), Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Aiden Markram (Multiply Titans), Lungisani Ngidi (Multiply Titans), Vernon Philander (WSB Cape Cobras), Kagiso Rabada (bizhub Highveld Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Multiply Titans), Dale Steyn (Multiply Titans), Shaun von Berg (Multiply Titans).
 

DanDango

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Congratulations to Shaun von Berg, all the hard grafting for years finally paying of.
 
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stefan9

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Shaun showing you don't have to be a gym bunny to make it to the top.

Nice squad picked. Titans totally dominating selection.
 

sox63

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Judging by the 1st innings in the warm up game, looks like the plan could be 6 specialists bats, QdK and the bowlers.

Bavuma given a run at 4 and got some runs, probably secured that spot for the first test I think.
 

McT

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Yep. It looks like the warm up went to plan. A 2 day warm up does seem a little lean on game time. But this seems to be the way it's done now.
 

stefan9

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The team for the first test is pretty much picked. The fact that they didn't give klaasen a go to bat means that de bruyn's spot is secure.

Team will be:

1.Elgar
2.Markram
3.Amla
4.Bavuma
5.Faf
6.De Bruyn
7.QDK
8.Philander
9.Keshav
10.KG
11.Steyn
 

DanDango

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The team for the first test is pretty much picked. The fact that they didn't give klaasen a go to bat means that de bruyn's spot is secure.

Team will be:

1.Elgar
2.Markram
3.Amla
4.Bavuma
5.Faf
6.De Bruyn
7.QDK
8.Philander
9.Keshav
10.KG
11.Steyn

1.Elgar
2.Markram
3.Amla
4.Bavuma
5.Faf
6.QDK
7.Philander
8.von Berg
9.Keshav/ Shamsi (Maharaj missed the warm up game to illness, if he is not ready Shamsi will play)
10.KG
11.Steyn

Two spinner is a must, the best Sri Lanka fast bowler Suranga Lakmal Average 41 http://www.espncricinfo.com/srilanka/content/player/49619.html
 

DanDango

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'Pretty sure we'll continue with three fast bowlers' - Ottis Gibson
http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/24039015/pretty-sure-continue-three-fast-bowlers-ottis-gibson

Of the four quicks, only Steyn is proven in Sri Lanka, averaging an exceptional 24.71, with 21 wickets from four Tests on the island. Vernon Philander, on the other hand, averages more than 70 here, from two Tests in 2014. It is the two young quicks, though, that South Africa hope will challenge Sri Lanka most in this series, but neither has played Tests on the island. Each of Ngidi's three Tests have come at home. The closest conditions to Sri Lanka Rabada has come across in his Test career, were in India, where he averages 55.50 over three Tests.
 
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