SA seek a lift in for­tunes

Win in dead rub­ber against Pak­istan ideal prepa­ra­tion for In­dia ODI se­ries

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT - STUART HESS

TO­DAY’S fi­nal One-Day In­ter­na­tional is also the last time South Africa will play Pak­istan in a match this year which, frankly, comes as a relief for the two sets of play­ers.

You can’t blame them ei­ther. Three se­ries’ spread through the year with 24 matches across all three for­mats, has left play­ers from each side des­per­ate for some­thing dif­fer­ent. For Pak­istan there’s a “home” se­ries against Sri Lanka to look for­ward to, while South Africa have In­dia in their sights next week.

The 33-year-old Davids has played in nine T20 In­ter­na­tion­als, but is yet to be capped in the 50-over for­mat. He was one of just two bats­men – the other was his Ti­tans team­mate Heino Kuhn – who scored an ag­gre­gate of 400 runs in the Mo­men­tum One-Day Cup this sea­son.

Amla hinted yes­ter­day that Davids would bat at No 3, which will suit him bet­ter than play­ing in the mid­dle or­der as was the case in the last cou­ple of T20 matches he’s played for South Africa. Dale Steyn and Jac­ques Kal­lis were al­ready with­drawn yes­ter­day as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure ahead of the matches against In­dia.

To­day’s match starts at 10am.

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BRAINS TRUST: Proteas coach Rus­sell Domingo and ODI cap­tain AB de Vil­liers dis­cuss tac­tics and ways to roll over Pak­istan ahead of the third and fi­nal one-day in­ter­na­tional at Cen­tu­rion to­day. SA have al­ready lost the se­ries 2-0.

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CON­CERNS: Bri­tain is mainly clean but Arsene Wenger warns of a bleak fu­ture if match-fix­ing is not kept in check.

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