Uncategorized 27.2.2015 06:10 am

Proteas win the toss against West Indies

Five year old Imaan Theba stands infront of a South African cricket banner during the Proteas send-off in Johannesburg, 04 February 2015, ahead of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. The event was attended by the minister of sport and recreation Fikile Mbalula and his deputy Gert Oosthuizen. Mbalula addressed the gathered crowd at Melrose Arch with an rousing message of support. Picture: Refilwe Modise

Five year old Imaan Theba stands infront of a South African cricket banner during the Proteas send-off in Johannesburg, 04 February 2015, ahead of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. The event was attended by the minister of sport and recreation Fikile Mbalula and his deputy Gert Oosthuizen. Mbalula addressed the gathered crowd at Melrose Arch with an rousing message of support. Picture: Refilwe Modise

The Proteas won the toss and opted to bat first in their Pool B match against the West Indies at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.

UPDATE: Proteas in control against West Indies

Their 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup campaign took a bit of a knock after a heavy defeat at the hands of India last weekend but South Africa have been provided with an opportunity to bounce back against familiar foes.

In the build-up to the showpiece the two sides met in a one day international series with hosts, South Africa, securing a comfortable 4-1 series win.

Injuries have forced the Proteas to make a couple of changes with Kyle Abbott brought into the side to replace Vernon Philander after the fast bowler pulled up with a hamstring strain in the match against India.

Middle-order batsman JP DUminy failed to recover from a side strain in time for the match and has been replaced by Rilee Rossouw while Farhaan Behardien has been included in the team at the expense of Wayne Parnell.

Proteas XI: Amla, De Kock, Du Plessis, Rossouw, De Villiers, Miller, Behardien, Steyn, Abbott, Morkel, Tahir

West Indies XI: Gayle, Smith, Samuels, Ramdin, Simmons, Carter, Sammy, Russell, Holder, Taylor, Benn.

 

 

 

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