Match Preview – West Indies vs South Africa, South Africa tour of West Indies 2021, 1st Test


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It’s an opportunity for both South Africa and West Indies to find form and test out combinations

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Hello strangers.

West Indies and South Africa meet so seldomly that they may wonder if the other still plays international cricket and they are about to find out they do, and quite similarly. While their encounters of old were largely dominated by a South Africa side on the up against a West Indian outfit on the decline – and their last one in the Caribbean was in 2010, at the same time as South Africa was hosting the football World Cup – those roles have just about reversed. That means this series has all the ingredients to be among the most closely competed contests going around.

Both are teams in transition albeit from different directions. South Africa enter this series from as low a spot on the ICC rankings as they have ever been at No. 7, and West Indies, from a position of progress. They sit at No.6. From their mid-table places, they both maintain they are eyeing the top spot and this is step one. It’s actually not.



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