South Africa captain Faf du Plessis believes his team is where it needs to be but their Vision 2019 – of winning their first-ever 50-over World Cup – has now transcended formats.
Cricket South Africa’s national selection panel convener Linda Zondi earmarked the first T20I of the three-match series, starting later today, as part of the agenda for exploring options for the upcoming World Cup.
Zondi confirmed Hashim Amla is still unavailable due to personal reasons, but there are quite a few big names in the squad for the first T20I who will be starters in England at the showpiece event.
Sri Lanka has a slightly different approach to its World Cup plans. Steve Rixon, who was recently appointed as the fielding coach of Sri Lanka, will now also be the ‘acting head coach’ of the team while the under-fire Chandika Hathurusinghe has returned to Sri Lanka to formulate plans for the World Cup.
The move comes after Sri Lanka suffered a series whitewash during the ODI series. Sri Lanka come into the T20I rubber at the back of four defeats in last five T20Is.
Meanwhile Captain Lasith Malinga will have the experience of Suranga Lakmal in the bowling department, but Angelo Mathews remains sidelined with an injury. Danushka Gunathilaka, Dushmantha Chameera and Kusal Perera are also out with due to injuries.
The game is scheduled to get underway in Cape Town at 9.30pm Sri Lanka time.