Chris Gayle ( Left) and Andre Russel return to the West Indies side for the Twenty20 Internationals against South Africa © Getty Images
Chris Gayle ( Left) and Andre Russel return to the West Indies side for the Twenty20 Internationals against South Africa © Getty Images

Jan 9, 2015

West Indies would endeavour to turn the tables on the hosts in the Twenty20 International series with the first T20I at Cape Town against South Africa. Whole sale changes to both sides should make for an interesting contest. T20I specialists will be in the spotlight.

Chris Gayle returns to the West Indies squad. Its strange that he was in South Africa playing for the Loins. Gayle began brightly in the Ram Slam T20 league but failed to sustain his good form, His last five scores for the loins were a measly 11, 3 , 8, 6, 15. Kieron Pollard would want to correct his detractors in the wake of his omission from the West Indies World Cup squad. Darren Sammy continues to lead the West Indies T20I side.

Faf du Plessis assumes duties as South Africa skipper in the shortest format of the game. South Africa themselves boast of explosive limited overs talent but all very raw and none of them established. Morne van Wyk will keep wickets in the absence of AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock. Jean Paul Duminy is likely to sit out the first T20I. Somebody like Rilee Rowssow would like to celebrate his World Cup call up with a performance of significance.

The proteas have tasted sporadic success in limited overs cricket, with the talent at their disposal they endeavour to achieve the consistency that’s eluded them in the shorter formats of the game.

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