South Africa Preparing Spin-Dominant Attack

AB de Villiers (white vest) jokes during an interview as Farhaan Behardien (right) looks on
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South Africa are ready to unleash a three-pronged spin attack during their One-Day International series in Sri Lanka, which gets underway in Colombo tomorrow (20th July).

With Dale Steyn not part of the touring squad and Morne Morkel struggling with a thigh injury, South Africa will be expecting Robin Peterson, Aaron Phangiso and JP Duminy to play a leading role.

Captain AB de Villiers expects his seamers to make early inroads before he turns to the three spinners to take advantage.

"It’s about time that we move into that mindset where we can play two frontline spinners, especially when conditions allow us to do so," he said

"We are looking to go with two frontline spinners and with JP as another option, and I truly believe that we have the potential to win games from a spin bowling department.

"We have Claude Henderson (assistant coach) who has got a lot of experience and he has brought a positive mindset to the team from a spin perspective."

Sri Lanka might have won 10 of the 14 clashes in the sub-continent between the two sides but de Villiers is hopeful that his team will improve their record in the country.

“We are very motivated. If you look at the history, South Africa hasn’t done well in Sri Lanka so this is the perfect opportunity for us to turn things around; we have the potential and talent in the team to do so.

“The mood is very good, I think we are in a good space,” he continued. “We know it’s going to be a challenging series but we are definitely up for it.

"I truly believe we have the potential to upset Sri Lanka in their home conditions. We have all the firing power, and I’m excited by the hunger for success that I sense from the players."

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Fixtures & Results

20th July: 1st ODI, Colombo
SRI 320-5 beat RSA 140 by 180 runs
23rd July: 2nd ODI, Colombo
SRI 223-9 beat RSA 104-5 by 17 runs (D/L)
26th July: 3rd ODI, Pallekele
RSA 223-7 beat SRI 167 by 56 runs
28th July: 4th ODI, Pallekele
SRI 239-2 beat RSA 238 by 8 wickets
31st July: 5th ODI, Colombo
SRI 307-4 beat RSA 179 by 128 runs
2nd August: 1st T20I, Colombo
RSA 115-6 beat SRI 103-9 by 12 runs
4th August: 2nd T20I, Hambantota
RSA 145-6 beat SRI 123-7 by 22 runs
6th August: 3rd T20I, Hambantota
SRI 164-4 beat RSA 163-3 by 6 wickets