• Six things South Africa must do in WI warm-up

    South Africa’s second and final World Cup warm-up fixture will be against the West Indies in Bristol on Sunday.

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    • He pledged to deliver plenty more, but got out too soon in Friday’s warm-up match against Sri Lanka. A substantial contribution could push him ahead of the veteran Hashim Amla for selection for Thursday’s World Cup opener against England at The Oval.

    Get David Miller and JP Duminy up the order

    • Miller and Duminy could bat higher than fifth and sixth position respectively. These wouldn’t be permanent changes, but would afford them more time at the crease in preparation for the tournament in earnest. Neither faced more than 30 deliveries against the Sri Lankans.

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    A full allotment for Andile Phehlukwayo

    • Phehlukwayo has only been allowed to bowl 10 overs five times in 43 ODIs. He delivered seven against Sri Lanka, and while tactics currently dictate that he will share the fifth 10 with JP Duminy, perhaps there is room for a full allotment after all.

    Refine the first-choice XI

    These warm-up fixtures allow for 15 players to be rotated through the match, which can be counterproductive. South Africa deployed 14 against Sri Lanka, but would do well to take an example from England. The tournament co-hosts played just 11 against Australia on Saturday.

    Ascertain Dale Steyn’s match fitness

    • Steyn was the only player who wasn’t given a go against Sri Lanka. He’s still nursing that shoulder injury sustained during the Indian Premier League this year. Even if it’s just for three or four overs, Steyn must bowl against the West Indies – and not necessarily at full tilt.

    Don’t just humour Chris Morris and Tabraiz Shamsi

    • Morris and Shamsi will probably play the least cricket for South Africa during this World Cup. The former was a late addition, and the latter has fellow wrist-spinner Imran Tahir’s presence to navigate. They both require full opportunity and judgement against the West Indians.

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