South Africa has a transitional stage for some time now, and the fact that the present side still has not reached its foot underlines its slow fall in performance over the previous three years. The absence of results becomes even more important when the Proteas are on their way, as the formerly strong party won a foreign soil test series in March 2017 against New Zealand.
So it might be said that West Indies will begin a test series for the first time in several decades, in terms of prospects of victory, if not significantly ahead, with the people of South Africa. While the West Indians have been running in a mixed format since the UK’s previous summer tour, their recent series won over Sri Lanka in Bangladesh as well as a few of encouraging performances in the drawn series would have given them some confidence to face the men of Dean Elgar.
But Captain Kraigg Brathwaite has warned that Proteas would not take the place from Jason Holder after the latter has opted out of the Bangladesh tournament, and have played a permanent part after the 2-0 sweep of the series, even though they have died in recent years.
“We as a team do some things beneficial to us from January, and you clearly still want to develop in those areas. But it’s only for us to get there and do the little things well. I believe the outcomes are going to take care of themselves. We know that South Africa, we know that as a team, will be hard. But I believe that if we do the tiny things well, I prefer focusing on them, and then the outcomes take care of themselves.
“Obviously, South Africa is a very excellent testing squad and always has fast bowlers of repute. It’s never easy to play against any test team. No test team is simple to state. However, I look forward to the challenge, “On the eve of the first test, the Bajan informed reporters at a press conference.
Brathwaite, fresh off a spell at the present County Championship in Gloucestershire, also said that the host merely wanted to continue the same mindset and discipline they displayed earlier this year on tour in Bangladesh.
“I believe it’s a continuation for us of the wonderful thing we began in Bangladesh since January. It’s really straightforward for me. We just have to maintain the same mindset and discipline that we have, and I believe outcomes will take care of themselves if we do simple things well, “Added the batter opening.
The Sir Vivian Richard Trophy Test Series – which has been held in South Africa since it was launched in 1998 – marks the start of a crowded home schedule that will also have the Australian and Pakistani teams visiting contests through August followed by the Caribbean Premier League. The hosts have announced to date a 13-member team for the first test, which is further reduced to 11 on the day of the match. Batsman Shai Hope gets a reminder on the test side after being dumped last year in England after three-game series.
Kieran Powell, who made his last of 40 Test matches in late 2018, also returns to the Test Squad after a prolonged hiatus. In addition, uncapped Jayden Seales, who had a very outstanding race at the ICC U-19 World Cup last year, won the first call on the test side. However, during the construction of the series opener the hosts received a blow. Senior pacer and captain of the attack, Shannon Gabriel, was excluded due to an injury.
In total, the captain was pleased with the makeup of the squad, calling it a “solid 13” with each squad member deserving of a spot in XI. In addition, the lack of someone like Gabriel in the attack made Brathwaite less fragile and put pressure on the batting department to produce.
“The choice was not yet made on the first eleven, but almost a strong thirteen. I believe all 13 have a good chance of being in 11, so clearly we’ll meet a little later.
“We know (what) we have to accomplish as a team, both as batsmen and bowlers. Whether we’re playing a hundred games or two. As I said, we know the job we have to do, as batsmen and bowlers, and you go here and give it your 100%, “Brathwaite stated that he also confirmed that the side will be in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and the battle against racial inequity, putting their knees on the ground.
At Darren Sammy International Stadium in Gros Islet, St. Lucia, both tests will be played from 10 a.m. local time (7.30 pm Indian Standard Time). Both teams go to St. George, Grenada for a five-game T20I series—a critical format for the resumption of the T20 World Cup in the year ahead.