Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

25 August 2014

South Africa's Tri-Series Quest - Find Bowling Perfection

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South Africa will face Australia in the first of many one-day games to come their way over the next few weeks. While the team itself might be hot and bothered, the format itself still struggles to remain relevant.

No matter how you try to spin it, outside of the World Cup, one-day cricket has very little context. In fact, results have zero context, but that does not mean the greater picture should be ignored. The one-day format of the game continues to be the troublesome middle child who just doesn't get enough attention and so it is sure to rebel at some stage. For now, though, it remains firmly in check and with a World Cup coming up next year, the focus is firmly on execution rather than results.

South Africa, Australia and Zimbabwe are about to get knee-deep into a tri-series in Harare. It's all part of South Africa's six-month preparation plan, which also includes a visit to Australia and a home series against the West Indies. The domestic one-day competition has also been structured to fit in around the final squad selection, so there is plenty of time to fine-tune and tweak whatever might be...

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