Tweaks to Proteas to scout more play­ers

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PROTEAS cap­tain Faf du Plessis (pic­tured) yes­ter­day asked for a more clin­i­cal per­for­mance from his play­ers in the sec­ond one-day in­ter­na­tional (ODI) against Aus­tralia at the Ade­laide Oval to­day.

The bowlers were al­most fault­less in the open­ing match in Perth to dis­miss the home team for 152 in 38.1 overs, and it is with the bat that Du Plessis has asked for more ruth­less­ness and im­prove­ment.

It is of­ten said to never change a win­ning com­bi­na­tion, but the cap­tain ad­mit­ted the lim­ited op­por­tu­ni­ties in a three-match series could war­rant a few tweaks to scout as many play­ers as pos­si­ble.

All-rounders, Chris Mor­ris and Dwaine Pre­to­rius and left-arm wrist­spin­ner, Tabraiz Shamsi, could get a chance in po­ten­tially slow drop-in pitch con­di­tions, he said.

“It was a great start for us,” Du Plessis said to the me­dia at the Ade­laide Oval yes­ter­day.

“I would have liked us to be more clin­i­cal in mak­ing sure we won that game with eight or nine wick­ets in the shed af­ter the great start we had with the bat. They bowled well and there was as­sis­tance in the pitch.

“For this game we are still look­ing at com­bi­na­tions. The ob­vi­ous thing would be to play the same team, but we are con­stantly think­ing of how we can get guys more ex­pe­ri­enced for the World Cup and to fine-tune that per­fect bal­ance we are af­ter.”

The Ade­laide Oval holds many fond mem­o­ries for Du Plessis, mem­o­ries that have shaped him into the leader and crick­eter he is to­day.

They scale from the high of a de­ter­mined Test cen­tury on de­but in 2012, to over­com­ing the tough­est week of his ca­reer with a re­silient cen­tury in chal­leng­ing sur­round­ings dur­ing the 2016 ball-tam­per­ing case. Fish are bit­ing ev­ery­where in KZN, from the Mid­lands to the Salt.

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“I love com­ing to Ade­laide,” he said fondly. “This ground is prob­a­bly my favourite in the world when it comes to play­ing cricket. I have some ex­tremely good mem­o­ries, Ade­laide and New­lands are my two favourite grounds.

“It was a great de­but for me,” he said of his 2012 en­try.

“The next time I came back, there was a big build-up to that Test match with ‘mint­gate’.”

He said his char­ac­ter was tested through­out that week. “Get­ting through that, per­son­ally was great for me, it showed the re­silience of my char­ac­ter, that was good to learn about my own per­son­al­ity.

To­day’s match starts at 1.50 pm lo­cal time (5.20 am SA time), with cov­er­age on Su­per­Sport 2.

Mean­while, Aus­tralia have left pace spear­head Mitchell Starc, spin­ner Nathan Lyon and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh and vet­eran pace­man Peter Sid­dle out of the 13-man squad for Twenty20 matches against South Africa and In­dia.

Se­lec­tors are keen for the four to pre­pare for the up­com­ing Test series against In­dia by play­ing red-ball cricket in the do­mes­tic Sh­effield Shield. — Reuters, CSA.

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