IT’S PAYBACK TIME FOR PROTEAS
By: Siphiwe Gabayi
Payback will be on the cards for Proteas as they prepare to face New Zealand in August.
The two nations will play two Twenty 20 matches and three (ODI). The series is scheduled to start on August 14. First match will be a T20 held at Sahara Kingsmead stadium, Durban.
Black Caps last played South Africa in the semi-finals of the world cup earlier this year which was hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
The black Caps came out victorious as South African born batsman Grant Elliot sent Dale Steyn flying for six over long on to end Proteas dream to lift world cup for the first time.
Both the sides have not been in good form in the ODI format after the World cup.
New Zealand were bulldozed by England on their tour where English batsmen kept on breaking records losing the five match series 3-2.
Proteas recently suffered a shocking 2-1 series defeat at the hands of a relatively young Bangladesh side on their current tour.
The Proteas will have the odds in their favour for the first T20 match.
According to Cricket South Africa (CSA) Facebook page the tickets for the New Zealand tour are flying off the shelves.
The last time New Zealand came to South Africa was in the 2012/2013 season where the Proteas won the T20 series 2-1 and lost the ODI series 2-1.
Wandile Nciwana coach of the Durban University of Technology cricket team said he doesn’t trust that the Proteas will win in this New Zealand tour.
“Proteas have not been performing well in T20 matches when playing against big nations like New Zealand,” added Nciwana.
The squad that was announced by CSA yesterday will feature three Durban based players which are T20 player of the year Morne Van Wyk, Kyle Abbot and David Miller.