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Cricbuzz news New-look South Africa hope for fresh start and enjoy livescore, commentary, points table, upcoming schedule, team ranking, match ranking and Series info. 17 Friday August 2018 052550000000

These are testing times for South Africa in white-ball cricket. After being given a reality check by India, who beat them comfortably to register a 5-1 ODI series win, the focus now shifts to the three-match T20I series, starting on Sunday (February 18) at the Bullring in Johannesburg.[^]17 Friday August 2018 062550000000

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With Test regulars like Hashim Amla and the stand-in ODI captain Aiden Markram being rested - keeping in mind the upcoming Test series against Australia, the selectors decided to hand over the captaincy to experienced middle-order batsman JP Duminy.[^]17 Friday August 2018 062550000000

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That call was taken after it was confirmed that Faf du Plessis - the regular T20I captain - will miss the series and is still recovering from the finger injury he suffered in the ODI series. With the mood and morale low at the moment, it is imperative for Duminy and Co. to raise the spirit in the camp and the infusion of a few fresh faces is certainly a step in that direction.[^]17 Friday August 2018 062550000000

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[^] Speaking at the pre-match press conference, Duminy touched upon a variety of topics beginning with the new faces who will bring fresh energy to the camp even as he admitted that India were dominant in the ODI series. "I think the new faces will help," he said. "Something that we spoke about this morning is that we will feed off the freshness of new faces around. Yes, it has been a dismal one-day series for us where India have outplayed us and that's something that we will have to take on the chin and understanding for us and realisation for us that we are from a finished article going into the world cup a year from now.[^]17 Friday August 2018 062550000000

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[^] "I think it's a great reality check for us and it's about each and every player seeing themselves in the mirror and how they can improve, to try and stake a claim for that 15-man squad in a year's time. But again the focus is on the T20 series and I am excited to be able to lead. I think leadership brings out the best in me and I enjoy the experience of leading people. I am quite excited by it."[^]17 Friday August 2018 062550000000

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[^] Stating that there was no extra pressure to win the T20I series after the drubbing in the ODIs, he said that the team goes out with the intention to win every series they play in. "I think from a public perspective that is the outlook, but for us as players you want to win every series in which you represent your country," Duminy said. "There is no preference to be honest with you. T20 cricket will be looked as a format where you can give guys opportunities. In saying that it's still an opportunity to represent the country and no different in representing across ODIs, T20 or Tests for that matter. So there are a lot of new faces and guys making their debuts and new into the squad. It's a great occasion for the squad and the guys."[^]17 Friday August 2018 062550000000

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[^] There has been lot of talk with regards to the pitches right from the Test series with the ones prepared for the ODIs. India's spin dup of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal picked up 33 wickets in the six-match series to hurt the hosts and run riot. But Duminy didn't agree that the pitches favoured India, instead he brought out the point - that wrist spinners get more out of the pitch than finger-spinners.[^]17 Friday August 2018 062550000000

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[^] "One would think so, but in saying that the type of spinners India have, they will get the purchase out of surfaces no matter what the groundsmen produces," Duminy pointed out. "Wristspinners generally get more turn than what finger-spinners produce so you are going to have to see how it pans out. But definitely in this format you will see more aggressive approach so we will see how it works out in our favour."[^]17 Friday August 2018 062550000000

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[^] When the topic moved on to the Indian captain Virat Kohli and how the hosts plan to get him out after he finished with 558 runs in six innings - the most by any batsman in a bilateral series - Duminy spoke about needing an "aggressive mindset" and went on to say that his team had some plans up their sleeve for Kohli.[^]17 Friday August 2018 062550000000

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[^] "With an aggressive mindset. The plan is not only to contain them but to try and get them out especially in this format. Your aim is always going to be to try and take wickets. Wickets will reduce the runs on board and with that mindset have good plans in place and hopefully it works out for us."[^]17 Friday August 2018 062550000000

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[^] Duminy also threw his weight behind AB de Villiers who had an underwhelming ODI series and was hopeful of the big man firing in the T20Is. "I think the standard he sets for himself is high," Duminy said. "He prides himself on his performances and he will no doubt be hungry to put in a big performance for the team. So I expect nothing less from him as much as he expects nothing less from himself. So let's see what he can produce."[^]17 Friday August 2018 062550000000

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