Sports South Africa limited-overs skipper Temba Bavuma said that his side would look to take the momentum from the Test series into the upcoming ODI series against India.
Quinton de Kock will have a point to prove in ODI series: Temba Bavuma (Reuters Photo)
- Quinton de Kock will have a point to prove in ODI series: Temba Bavuma
- The Indian outfit is a strong white-ball squad: SA skipper Bavuma
- Bavuma said SA are mulling over selecting an all-rounder
Quinton de Kock has returned to bolster the ODI squad after his retirement from Test cricket and South Africa limited-overs captain Temba Bavuma feels the wicketkeeper will have a point to prove in the upcoming ODI series against India.
“It is good to see him again. We obviously missed him in the Test team but he has made his decision to retire from the longest format. We respect his decision, having him back has been good. Quinton will have a point to prove and I am sure he is also as excited as we are to see him in the team,” Bavuma told reporters in the virtual presser.
“Marco Jansen has been drafted into the ODI squad, the world has been what cricketing abilities he has. It was a no-brainer to get him into the ODI squad. The Indian outfit is a strong white-ball squad. We will give them the respect we do to any other team. We do not expect this series to be easier, we know it will be tough. We will be preparing as well as we can,” he added.
Bavuma also said they are mulling over whether to select a specialist batsman or all-rounder at number six for the opening one-day international against India on Wednesday.
South Africa’s form in the 50-over format has been patchy, but as they build towards the 2023 World Cup in India they are looking to nail down their combinations. They have used Andile Phehlukwayo or Wiaan Mulder at six in the batting line-up recently, including the 2-1 series loss in Sri Lanka in September.
SA ponder over picking all-rounder for 1st ODI
“As a captain you want as many resources as you can,” Bavuma told reporters on Tuesday. “You have to accept that probably one bowler on the day won’t hit his straps. “I would like to have as many options as I can, taking into account the balance of the team.”
Bavuma believes the side can take momentum into the ODIs from the surprise 2-1 test series win over the Indians. “It is a different format that involves a different skillset, but from a momentum and confidence point of view, we will be leaning on that to help inspire the other new guys to get us through the challenges and pressure we will be facing in the next three games,” he said.
The first two matches of the ODI series will be played at Boland Park on Wednesday and Friday, before the final game in Cape Town on Sunday.
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