South Africa are keen to use their tour game against a Sri Lanka Development XI as an opportunity to adapt quickly to conditions and will play the game as an 11-a-side match.
Although new coach Russell Domingo has the opportunity to use as many members of his touring squad as he wishes, he wants his team to quickly get used to the conditions they will face during their five-match One-Day International series which begins on 20th July.
"It's massively important; that’s why we asked for a warm-up game," Domingo said
"We want to get used to the conditions, not just the playing conditions but also the temperatures and humidity and knowing how to keep the ball dry.
"We’re going to play 11, we want to get it as close to a proper game as possible," he confirmed.
Since taking over from Gary Kirsten, Domingo has brought on board new assistant coaches in Adrian Birrell, Claude Henderson and Greg King - in Sri Lanka as an interim coach - and the series is the first opportunity for the new team to get used to working together.
"As much as it’s important for players to gel in an environment, it’s also important for the coaches as well," Domingo said.
"It obviously won’t happen overnight but this tour is also the ideal opportunity for them to settle into the environment and their roles; that will give them an idea of how to adapt their coaching philosophy to what we have going here."
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