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South Africa ponder extra all-rounder for first ODI v India

South
Africa’s form in the 50-over format has been patchy, but as they build towards
the 2023 World Cup in India they are looking to nail down their combinations.

They have
used Andile Phehlukwayo or Wiaan Mulder at six in the batting line-up recently,
including the 2-1 series loss in Sri Lanka in September.

“As a
captain you want as many resources as you can,” Bavuma told reporters on
Tuesday. “You have to accept that probably one bowler on the day won’t
hits his straps.

“I
would like to have as many options as I can, taking into account the balance of
the team.”

Wicketkeeper
Quinton de Kock has returned to bolster the squad after his retirement from
test cricket at the age of 29 last month to focus on his white-ball game.

“It is
good to see Quinny again, we obviously missed him in the test team,”
Bavuma said. “But he has made his decision and we respect that. Knowing
Quinny, he will have a point to prove.”

Bavuma
believes the side can take momentum into the ODIs from the surprise 2-1 test
series win over the Indians.

“It is
a different format that involves a different skillset, but from a momentum and
confidence point of view, we will be leaning on that to help inspire the other
new guys to get us through the challenges and pressure we will be facing in the
next three games,” he said.

The first
two matches of the ODI series will be played at Boland Park on Wednesday and
Friday, before the final game in Cape Town on Sunday.

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