Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

14 July 2014

South Africa: Cricket - Five Talking Points After South Africa's ODI Series Win in Sri Lanka

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South Africa won their three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka 2-1 on Saturday. With everything centred around the World Cup, lessons learnt are now more important than ever. ANTOINETTE MULLER picks five talking points from the concluded tour.

South Africa made history on the weekend when they beat Sri Lanka by 82 runs in Hambantota on Saturday. It was their first ever ODI series win in a country where they have struggled over the last few years.

It was an impressive improvement for the team after being beaten 4-1 here last year. Just like the tour in 2013, many lessons were learnt and many questions will be asked as the World Cup preparation heads into top gear. There is also a Test series to worry about, but for now, a brief dissection of the ODI series is in order, and here are the five most important talking points.

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