Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

3 July 2014

South Africa: Cricket - South Africa Off to a Winning Start in Sri Lanka

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South Africa won their warm-up match in Sri Lanka by over 100 runs. The three-match ODI series begins on Sunday. The series holds little relevance in the greater scheme of things, but at least it will offer superficial insight into how to go about building towards the World Cup.

When it comes to warm-up matches before a tour, it's best not to read too much into the results. Players, however, will tell you that there is no practice like match practice. It's a good thing, then, that South Africa got some match practice ahead of their three-match ODI series in Sri Lanka. Thursday's one-day match practice saw Hashim Amla scoring a century, while Morne Morkel took three wickets and every single bowler in the squad had a chance to bowl. South Africa won fairly easily, by 108 runs, against a Sri Lankan team which contained at least a handful of players they're likely to tussle with in the full internationals.

"It was nice to pick up some batting time," Amla said after the match. "Most of us (batsmen) that got in managed to spend some time at the crease. That is what warm-up games are about."

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