South Africa, hoping to return to the Test arena for the first time in 11 months, tried to stop a disappointing game in a five-day match on Saturday and to avenge their minds, hosted Sri Lanka in a two-Test series at Centurion. . Park.
They faced defeat in eight of their last nine tests, a run which began with a 2–0 home defeat by Sri Lanka in February 2019 that became the first Asian side to win the series in the country.
They have slipped to number six behind fifth-placed Sri Lanka, and have a host of questions to answer, not at least a brittle top six and a side balance.
This week, Captain Quinton de Kock said, “We’ve got a young team.” “We need our young people so that we can learn fast and build a fast team.
“I would hope for this season, for newbies to come and score runs and put their hands up.”
They start the first Test without chief fast bowler Kagiso Rabada, who has a back problem, but will be thrilled at the fact that both matches will be played on fast, bouncy high pitches.
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Left-handed seamer Bayuran Hendrick has been dropped from the squad along with batsman Keegan Peterson. Neither player entered the tour bubble on Saturday after the players revealed two positive COVID-19 results last week.
Hendrix’s absence means that at the age of 29, Glenton Stuerman is almost certain to make his Test debut, with his ability to get the ball off the pitch and his recent home form put him ahead of rivals.
The retirement of Vernon Philander suggests that Vian Mulder or Dwain Pretorius may play the role of an all-rounder.
According to coach Mickey Arthur, the makeup of the Sri Lankan side is very difficult to predict after the 21 players bring in a squad to “cover all positions”.
They are missing injured stalwarts Angelo Matthews and Oshada Fernando in their top six batting lineups, but Arthur remains upbeat about South Africa’s ability to cope with the fast bowlers.
“We have camp and intra-squad games and have tried to keep the players as fast as possible,” he said.
“We have got good seam bowling, good spin bowling and I am confident that our top six batsmen can handle the conditions.”
Sri Lanka have not played any Test since the triumphant tour of Zimbabwe which ended at the end of January.
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