Port Elizabeth – Four
Warriors in South Africa’s one-day squad will be able to provide valuable
insight into the playing conditions at St George’s Park against India on
India will take the
series if South Africa fail to win. The fifth and final match will be played at
Centurion on Sunday.
The contributions off
the field by Johan Botha, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Colin Ingram and Wayne Parnell will
therefore be very important. Former Warrior Robin Peterson also knows the field
St George’s Park is not
an easy field to take on without experience of having played a one-day match there. Visiting
teams have often come to that realisation too late.
The contributions of the
Warriors bowlers in team talks can be particularly important. It will be
important to take the wind into consideration if it blows.
Field placing and when
to use which bowler will then be of vital interest.
Botha, who has captained
various teams, will be able to offer skipper Graeme Smith some
Ingram can remind
batsmen that strokeplay will not be easy on the anticipated slower wicket. The
batsmen will also have to lift their concentration levels when the St George’s
Park band gets going.
have not been able to win one of their four previous one-day games at St
George’s Park. It is a strange statistic considering that the wicket, which has
less bounce than those on the Highveld, should actually suit the
However, the Proteas
will not walk onto St George’s Park with a great deal of confidence. Apart from
their recent successive defeats, they also lost their last match at the ground, in 2009 when England won by seven wickets.
However, South Africa
have a good record in Port Elizabeth overall, having won their 16 times in 25
The winning of the toss
is not expected to be decisive, as the team that batted first won 16 of the 31
matches there that produced a result.