South Africa To Experiment Against Netherlands
South Africa captain AB de Villiers says the Proteas will use their One-Day International against the Netherlands tomorrow (31st May) as an opportunity to experiment ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013.
The fast bowlers who took part in the Indian Premier League are expected to be rested with South Africa playing a team that will be much different from their strongest outfit, which they will likely field in their warm-up match against Pakistan erlyearly next week.
"We are still a long way out to our first game," de Villiers said. "We still have a warm-up game against Pakistan when we get to the UK, that is where we will probably play our strongest XI.
"A lot of guys who have come from the IPL are still quite fatigued from that tournament so some of our fast bowlers might be rested for tomorrow."
South Africa opted against joining the other seven teams in England and Wales, instead completing their pre-tournament camp in Amsterdam, an experience de Villiers says has been of great benefit.
"We have had a great time in Amsterdam; I think it was the perfect preparation for us away from the hype of the ICC Champions Trophy.
"It’s a massive tournament for us and we would like to do well. A team like ours needs a bit of time away and we’ve had five days of fitness work and touching base with where we are as an ODI unit.
"The preparations have gone really well. We have had a few days of good nets and the warm-up match tomorrow will be a good outing for us."
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