The Standard Bank Proteas continued their run of frustration at ICC world events with an eight-wicket loss to India on Sunday which eliminated them from the Champions Trophy along with Australia, Sri Lanka and New Zealand.
The Proteas have a chance to book their place in the ICC Champions Trophy semi-finals with a game to spare when they take on Pakistan in their second game at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Wednesday following a comprehensive 96-run victory against Sri Lanka at the Oval in London last Saturday.
South Africa take on England in the second match of their ODI series against England at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Saturday. Having lost the first by 72 runs on Wednesday, the Proteas are desperate for victory to keep the series alive and take it to a decider at Lord’s on Monday.
Standard Bank Proteas opening batsman, Heino Kuhn, plans to keep the same mindset and approach that has brought him success in the upcoming four-match Test series against England starting next week. Kuhn’s debut Test call-up comes on the back of two successful seasons for the Multiply Titans and more recently for South Africa ‘A’ against the England Lions, where he finished as the standout performer in a disappointing series
"Mosehle, Phehlukwayo, Paterson - T20 stars of the future" - de Villiers”
Mangaliso Mosehle, Dane Paterson and Andile Phehlukwayo were singled out for praise by captain AB de Villiers despite the Standard Bank Proteas losing by 19 runs in the deciding T20 International in Cardiff on Sunday.
Record audience expected for Champions Trophy final
Stand by for another entry into the top-10 “most watched” global events as India face arch rivals Pakistan in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy at The Oval cricket stadium in London on Sunday. The Indian government’s broadcast legislation on events of “national interest” means that the game will be shown on the world’s largest public broadcaster, Doordashan, allowing hundreds of millions of Indians without access to satellite or cable television to watch the game.
At the same time the victorious Pakistan team were arriving back to a thunderous, flag-waving welcome in Karachi on Tuesday following their Champions Trophy triumph, the Standard Bank Proteas were already in training for the next stage of their tour of England with the first of three T20 Internationals at the Ageas Bowl on Wednesday. Pakistan deserve the adulation of their passionate fans and should make the moment last as long as possible following a tournament which started with a 124-run defeat to India, included tense but deserved wins against South Africa and England and concluded with a famous 180-run thrashing of arch rivals India in the final.
Standard Bank Proteas head coach, Russell Domingo, says Dean Elgar will bring a ‘gutsy’ attitude as captain for the first Test match against England starting at Lord’s in London on Thursday. Elgar will stand in for Faf du Plessis - who is unable to lead the side due to family reasons - and will become the 12th player to captain South Africa’s Test team since readmission.
Media Advisory: Du Plessis to miss opening Test due to family reasons
Standard Bank Proteas Test captain, Faf du Plessis, will miss the first Test match against England starting at Lord’s on Thursday due to family reasons. Du Plessis returned home for the birth of his first child, but will be unable to return in time for the opening match of the four-Test series.
Vernon Philander is fit and ready to lead the Standard Bank Proteas attack in the first Test match against England starting at Lord’s in London on Thursday. Philander has recovered from the ankle injury he sustained earlier this month, and returns to a happy hunting ground which holds fond memories.
The Standard Bank Proteas received a thorough workout in the drawn three-day match against the England Lions at New Road in Worcester on Saturday. The home team finished on 266/4 declared after 80 overs, in response to the Proteas’ first innings total of 382/6 declared.
The Standard Bank Proteas amp up their Test match preparation with a three-day warm-up match against the England Lions starting at New Road in Worcester on Thursday. Dean Elgar will captain the side in the absence of Faf du Plessis, who is awaiting the birth of his first child.
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The ODI on 25 September in Benoni will be the 5th between these teams and these 5 matches will have taken place in 5 different countries. The previous meetings between these teams have been in Guyana in 2007, Ireland 2007, India 2011 and Australia 2015.