Fans looking for a real contest as Windies face Proteas again.
Sammy, too, is a seasoned leader who showed in the second T20 at the Wanderers – where he drilled his unbeaten 20 off seven balls – that he knows a jugular for the seizing when he sees one.
But seven of the remaining 13 in the West Indian ODI squad were in the group of players who were outclassed by South Africa in the test series.
Nine of the South Africans who shared that success are in the ODI mix. The format has changed; South Africa’s class has not.
For AB de Villiers, the ODIs would help the Proteas “make sure of the combinations we have, to gel them” ahead of next month’s World Cup.
All good, or at least more logical than the answer he gave about the likely competitiveness of the series.
“There’s not one game I’ve played for South Africa that has not been competitive,” De Villiers said. “So it will be competitive.”
Then, asked about his assertion that South Africa were the better team in their one-day series in Australia in November, when the Aussies won 4-1, De Villiers promptly contradicted himself.
“We’ve competed in games in the last two years, which we haven’t always done in the past,” he said. “We’d win two games and then be completely out of the next one.
“I felt we competed in five games; we could have won the series 4-1. I still feel we were the better team. We’re going to be the best team at the World Cup.”
With that, Jason Holder, captaining West Indies for the first time today on the scant experience of having led teams four times – twice in under-19 matches – had a good example of how his new job could make him look silly.
– Telford Vice