At the point when South Africa were in Sri Lanka for Odis a year ago, the guests scarcely took breaths between remarks about the hotness. Possibly the men at SLC observed and decided to give their group ideal preference. Maybe they are simply perverted people which some Sri Lanka fans would not discover amazing. Whatever the reason, the two Odis played in the most sweltering climes, in Colombo and Hambantota, are both day matches. July is not the hottest or most moist month in the Sri Lankan timetable. At the same time its no Highveld either.

At that point there are the pitches. In the event that SLC were without a doubt taking notes from 2013’s South Africa visit, or simply after the game when all is said in done (which some Sri Lanka fans would discover astonishing), they will know of the sightseers’ repugnance for twist. The Premadasa Stadium surface can aid crease on occasion, however it additionally has a dustbowl mode. Angelo Mathews may be somewhat miffed in the event that he lands there on Sunday morning to discover the pitch would not suit a second bleeding edge moderate bowler.

Be that as it may South Africa are excessively team to lurch into the same pits that swallowed them throughout the 4-1 drubbing a year ago. They have touched base with great time, and clinically trounced a Board XI side emphasizing five players from a year ago’s Sri Lanka squad. They will additionally have considered Ajantha Mendis with restored power and run magnifying instruments over Sachithra Senanayake too. Most men in their squad have toured the island in the recent past, and if Jacques Kallis is fit, South Africa will likewise be at full quality, which they were not in 2013. Sri Lanka still start as top choices, yet they won’t hope to walk around the guests so effortlessly this time.

 

The hosts, however, are not simply murmuring, they are surging. A range of the trophies in England has the group in typically high spirits. Angelo Mathews said on that tour that his side is “similar to a family”, and when Mahela Jayawardene jumps on Kumar Sangakkara’s back or when Mathews and Rangana Herath place their arms carefully around one another’s waists while pondering field arrangements, it is not hard to envision they are close. Not long from now they have crushed sides that outgunned them on paper, by dint of planning and battling soul. Presently they are at home, smugness shows up the boss impediment.


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South African Squad:
Test squad:Alviro Petersen, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla (capt), Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (wk), JP Duminy, Stiaan van Zyl, Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Kyle Abbott, Quinton de Kock, Dane Piedt, Wayne Parnell.

 

ODI squad:Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Jacques Kallis,  AB de Villiers (capt), JP Duminy, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Ryan McLaren, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir, Vernon Philander, Faf du Plessis, Aaron Phangiso, Beuran Hendricks.

(The Test squad had two newcomers: batsman Stiaan van and off-spinner Dane Piedt)

 

 

By:  Mohammad FurQan Bhatti
Writer is University Student and sports Journalist based in Pakistan