South Africa skipper Temba Bavuma says the upcoming T20 series against India will be an opportunity for him to identify players for specific roles for the World Cup in Australia, later this year. The first T20I is in Delhi on June 9.
“The conditions in India don’t accurately simulate conditions in Australia. In saying that, there’s still a lot of benefit from playing. Any type of competitive cricket will be good for us,” Bavuma said during a virtual media interaction on Saturday.
“We’ll be using these games to familiarise ourselves again with how we go about playing cricket. Getting that right language that we speak amongst ourselves, really getting guys understanding what their roles are within the team.”
The visitors will also be looking for a new opening partner for Quinton de Kock. “We’ve got a couple of new faces within the T20 space. Opportunities will be given to those guys to see what role they can play and what value they can add to the team.”
Team India will be without many senior cricketers but Bavuma expects the rubber to be very competitive.