On May 14, 2021, cricket lovers were greeted with the good news that the summer will be filled with blockbuster international cricket in the region.
Cricket West Indies announced that the Windies is set to face off against South Africa in 2 Tests and 5 T-20s from June 10-July 3.
Secondly, from July 9 to 24, the team will take on Australia in 5 T-20s and 3 ODI matches.
Finally, they will play five T-20s and 2 Test matches between July and August against the Pakistanis.
In total, the Windies will play four Tests, 3 ODIs, and 15 T-20 matches. The itinerary on paper seems quite daunting, but it is a challenge that a young and improving West Indies team should relish.
Let’s examine the first in a three part series the profile of one of the three opponents that the Windies will be up against this summer.
This will be the first bilateral tour of the region by the Proteas since the 2010 tour.
The team recently defeated Sri Lanka 2-0 in a Test series at home last December.
However, between January and February of this year, they lost 2-0 in a Test series and 2-1 in T-20s, away to Pakistan.
They later returned home to play the same opposition and lost 2-1 in the ODIs and 3-1 in the T-20 series.
The provisional squad named to play the Windies will feature many youth players and consist of six uncapped players.
The team will be led in the Test series by Dean Elgar, while Temba Bavuma will be the ODI & T-20 format captain.
Elgar is a proven international batsman and one of the more senior players that will be on tour. He has played 67 test matches scored 4260 runs at an average of 39.81 with a career-best of 199.
Bavuma has the better statistics in one day and T-20 games, averaging 49.77 and 35.57, respectively but has only played a combined 17 international matches in those formats.
Another promising player is Rassie Van Der Dussen, who in 18 ODI innings has scored 8 fifties and 1 century.
On the bowling side, seamer Rashida Rabada is the lynchpin of the attack with 202 wickets in just 45 matches at just 26 years old. He can clock and breach a batsman’s defenses with deliveries at 140-150 kph.
Anrich Nortje is another young fast bowler who can clock up to 150kph and is viewed as an exciting talent.
Cricket South Africa has left out seasoned campaigners like Faf du Plessis, Chris Morris, and Imran Tahir, while AB de Villiers has chosen to remain retired.
They have chosen to send a young team on their first tour to the region to continue their rebuilding team effort.
However, it increases the West Indies’ chance of defeating their opponents on home soil.
All stats: www.cricinfo.com
Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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