Du­miny ex­pects a fired up In­dia for the six ODI se­ries

The New Age (Western Cape) - - Sport - NEVILLE KHOZA nevillek@the­newage.co.za

PROTEAS bats­man JP Du­miny ex­pects In­dia to come out guns blaz­ing in the first ODI match at Kingsmead Sta­dium in Durban to­mor­row.

Hav­ing lost the Test se­ries 2-1 to the Proteas, Du­miny be­lieves In­dia will be ag­gres­sive in the ODIs as they would not want to lose an­other se­ries.

“The key for us in this se­ries is to start well. If we have a good game here in Kingsmead we will get con­fi­dence head­ing into the se­ries which is dif­fer­ent with six ODIs,” Du­miny said.

“We have to win at least four matches to guar­an­tee the se­ries. It’s go­ing to be a hard fought se­ries, so it’s im­por­tant for us to start well.”

With the Proteas to be without star bats­man AB de Vil­liers for the first three ODI due to a finger in­jury he sus­tained in the third Test, Du­miny feels they still have enough power to be ag­gres­sive in their bat­ting.

Cricket South Africa con­firmed yes­ter­day that De Vil­liers will miss the first three matches but will likely to be avail­able for the Pink ODI at the Wan­der­ers on Fe­bru­ary 11.

“There will be no dif­fer­ence. There is go­ing to be an ag­gres­sive ap­proach. Whether team se­lec­tion is in­volved in the ag­gres­sive ap­proach I’m not sure,” Du­miny said.

“But I think there are op­por­tu­ni­ties for guys specif­i­cally lead­ing to the World Cup over the next 12 to 14 months. When you get an op­por­tu­nity, you have to make sure you make the most of it.

“There is no doubt that there will be an ag­gres­sive ap­proach but we will see how we go about it.”

Du­miny, who has been in great form for his fran­chise Cape Co­bras side said they will also ap­proach the ODI with ag­gres­sive bat­ting.

“It’s a team make-up and what’s best suited for the team. For us, we tried to adapt to a more ag­gres­sive style of play and gen­er­ally, most teams have tried to do that.

“Hence we say 350 is not good enough to win you a match these days – you are not guar­an­teed.

“So we need to un­der­stand which player’s role is and go about that role. There will be a lot of shift­ing and changes lead­ing up to the World Cup so guys will want to un­der­stand their roles and their games.

“They will also want to un­der­stand the brand of cricket we want to play go­ing into the World Cup and it will be an in­ter­est­ing face not only for us but all teams.”

PIC­TURE: AFP

PRES­SURE ON VIS­I­TORS: Proteas bats­man JP Du­miny be­lieves In­dia will go on the of­fen­sive from the out­set in the ODI se­ries.

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