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South Africa v West Indies live & preview 1st T20I at Cape Town

The second leg of the West Indies tour to South Africa begins on Friday at Newlands, Cape Town, when the two sides play the first of a three match T20 series.

The Proteas have already secured the Test series by 2-0, with the other fixture ruined by rain. A result that sees the home side assured of retaining top place in the ICC’s Test match rankings from the Australians.

Following on from the T20 series, the sides will meet in five ODI’s, before they fly to Australasia in preparation for the forthcoming World Cup.

The 35-year-old all-rounder, Justin Ontong, who plies his trade with the Cape Cobras, has been called up to the South African squad, nearly two years after the last of his 12 appearances for his country in T20 fixtures.

Ontong will provide cover for JP Duminy, who hasn’t played any international cricket since the tour to Australia last November, as the result of a knee injury. Apart from his T20 appearance, Ontong has also previously won two Test caps, and played in 28 ODIs.

Duminy was never expected to be fit for the first two games of the series, but the selectors were hopeful when naming the squad in December, that he would be available for the last game of the series at Kingsmead, Durban.

Faf du Plessis who missed the T20 series in Australia, due to his being rested by the selectors, will skipper the side in the Absence of Duminy.

The Proteas have continued their recent policy of resting key players, which allows a recall for Aaron Phangiso, who was in the squad for the Australia tour, but sustained a finger injury, and failed to feature in a single game. His last appearance was in the final of the tri series in Zimbabwe last September, when he failed to take a wicket.

With wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock injured, Morne van Wyk is set to play his first international since the 2011 World Cup. While a trio of youngsters, who all made their debuts in Australia, are all selected once more for their country.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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