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Capacity crowd to back Proteas

2011-10-25 13:31

Cape Town The Proteas will enjoy the support of a capacity crowd when they take on Australia in the ODI series decider at Kingsmead on Friday. The match starts at 14:30.

The last few tickets available were sold on Monday in anticipation of Hashim Amla leading the Proteas in front of his home crowd for the first time.

In addition to the momentum gained from the series-levelling victory at St. George’s on Sunday, the Proteas will also have good memories from their last ODI at this venue in which they beat India by 135 runs. That match featured nine members of the current squad.

The Proteas made 289 in that match for one of the highest ODI totals recorded at Kingsmead. Hashim Amla got them away to a superb start with 50 off only 36 balls (8 fours) and then AB de Villiers and JP Duminy shared a decisive fourth-wicket stand of 131.

This match also saw the start of Lopsy Tsotsobe’s achievement of taking back-to-back four wicket hauls in successive ODIs to equal the record of Shaun Pollock.

Tsotsobe, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel took eight wickets between them in that match and will relish the extra bounce that is obtainable at this venue.

The ODI series is followed by the two-Test series starting on November 9 at Newlands with the second match at the Wanderers Stadium starting on November 17.

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