Published: Sun, February 09, 2020
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Tom Banton and Matt Parkinson make England ODI debuts against South Africa

Tom Banton and Matt Parkinson make England ODI debuts against South Africa

Cricket South Africa targets the inclusion of two black African players and four from the mixed-race and Indian communities in each team, averaged through the year. "South Africa completely outplayed us in every department".

Temba Bavuma hopes his eye-catching innings in South Africa's seven-wicket victory over England in the first one-day global at Newlands on Tuesday will end the debate over whether he deserves his place in the side.

That is not to say that there was any lack of effort from Eoin Morgan's players, however, or to diminish the fine achievement of a South African team in significant transition. "We've got no excuses, we didn't adapt to the conditions in front of us", said Morgan.

But after a hard past few months in which he missed all but the final Test of the series against England, he was merely happy to play his part in a 173-run stand alongside De Kock.

England's total was underwhelming given their extraordinary feats with the bat in recent years, but they were indebted to Joe Denly's industrious 87 off 103 balls after they had collapsed from 51 without loss to 131 for six. Woakes, another man who helped England win the tests, made 40 off 42 balls and the pair shared a 91-run stand for the seventh wicket.

South Africa's chase was comfortable, though, after de Kock and Bavuma combined to take the Proteas from 25-1 to 198-2 when de Kock was out bowled by Joe Root.

De Kock passed 5,000 ODI runs and fittingly brought up a 15th ODI hundred with a stylish drive off spinner Parkinson, before he was cleaned up trying to hit Root out of the ground.

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"To be honest, it's only one game", de Kock said. We'll see how the captaincy goes in the near future.

"Coming back from the five T20 matches we played in New Zealand (in November), I felt physically and mentally very good, so I want to continue with that".

The Proteas handed ODI debuts to JJ Smuts and Lutho Sipamla.

Shamsi then got in on the act as captain Eoin Morgan (11) edged low to first slip, Banton was trapped lbw on 18 after missing a sweep and then Sam Curran was bowled round his legs.

De Kock had half a century ahead of him and grated Tom Curran with contempt before Bavuma sent a bad ball from debutant Matt Parkinson over the ropes. This was Bavuma's third ODI with scores of 113 and 48 in the previous two and after forcing his way into the side for the 4th Test, the batsman fell two short of what would have been his second century.

Denly's selection is certainly curious, however, if England are not planning to factor him into their thinking for that competition, with this three-match series in South Africa effectively marking the beginning of their journey towards it.

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