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After a well-contested Test series between South Africa and Sri Lanka, focus has now shifted to the five-match ODI series. The opener at Boland Park happens to be the first 50-over contest of 2012. Since, both the teams had a forgettable last year in the one-day arena, this is good opportunity to start a new year on a positive note and hopefully take forward the momentum for rest of the year.
To sum up recent performances of South Africa and Sri Lanka, we can safely say that they have not been up to the mark. Even though the visitors finished as runners-up at the 2011 world Cup but three consecutive series’ losses has seen them plummet to the bottom of the pile. Similarly, South Africa after a disappointing quarterfinal exit in the World Cup, failed to clinch the three-match ODI series at home against Australia.
That being said, South Africa will have a new leader at the helm of affairs. AB de Villiers will start his stint as captain of the limited overs side, having missed the Australia series due to injury. With his predecessor Graeme Smith still part of the team as batsmen, it would be interesting to see how AB handles his new job.
Coming to the team composition, the revised ODI rules have tilted the balance in favour of seamers in the bowling department. The fact a new ball is available from each end; swing for the white ball would last longer on South African pitches. That makes the likes of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel dangerous. With decent support bowlers in the form of Jacques Kallis, Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Morne Morkel, the hosts have a clear advantage as far as bowling is concerned.
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