Hit ’em hard



June 10, 2016
Hit ’em hard

PRESSURES ON: AB de Villiers. CREDIT: Sourced

Proteas can swing away against rivals Australia in St Kitts.

With the tri-series all squared, the big hitters will now get their chance to shine as the tournament moves to Warner Park in St Kitts.

The first few games of the series between South Africa, the West Indies and Australia were played in Guyana and were dominated by spinners and featured low scores.

And with all the teams having won one match out of two, moving to Warner Park where, historically, scores of 250-plus is par for the course fans can expect the bat to beat the ball in the next three games of the series.

First up is South Africa against Australia at 7pm tomorrow.

And after beating the Aussies in their first encounter, coach Russell Domingo will have to think long and hard about his team composition for this match.

With Rilee Rossouw on his way home after suffering a shoulder injury, Deal Elgar was called up to replace him in the squad.

It’s unlikely that the Proteas will field three spinners again and this might see one or two of Imran Tahir, Aaron Phangiso or Tabraiz Shamsi sacrificed.

Allrounder Chris Morris might come back into the equation.

But it will be up to the batting stars AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock to prove that they are still some of the best runs- makers in the business.

Middle-order anchorman Duminy in particular will know that he needs a big one to repay the faith put in him by his coach.

Having last scored a half century in July last year, Duminy has failed to reach this milestone in eight innings now.

Farhaan Behardien will be feeling less pressure than what he probably did heading into the series, after top-scoring with 62 runs in the last clash between the two sides.

But the Proteas’ batsmen need to step up as a whole as they kick off the St Kitts leg of the series.

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