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Cricinfo Newsletter - issue 5

One-Day Series: South Africa v England January 30-February 13, 2005
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Can Michael Vaughan's England repeat their Test success in the one-dayers?
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Time to put your pyjamas on
There's not much respite in a modern cricket tour. Less than a week after South Africa and England finished their breathless Test series at Centurion, they lock horns again in a seven-match one-day series. The first match is an all-day game at Johannesburg on Sunday, and is followed by floodlit matches at Bloemfontein on Wednesday and Port Elizabeth two days later. South Africa's squad for the opening games is - like their Test side - stuffed with allrounders. England's, though, is very different from the one that did battle in the Tests. Among the batsmen Graham Thorpe and Robert Key have joined Mark Butcher at home, to be replaced by Kevin Pietersen and two of the fringe Test players, Paul Collingwood and Ian Bell. Darren Gough and Alex Wharf bolster the bowling, along with Matthew Hoggard and Simon Jones, who earned late reprieves after Andrew Flintoff's foot injury ruled him out. With Graeme Smith smarting from a rare home defeat in the Tests, a cracking one-day series looms.
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South Africa squad Graeme Smith (capt), Nicky Boje, Adam Bacher, Mark Boucher (wk), AB de Villiers, Andrew Hall, Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis, Justin Kemp, Charl Langeveldt, Andre Nel, Makhaya Ntini, Ashwell Prince, Shaun Pollock, Jacques Rudolph
England squad Michael Vaughan (capt), Kabir Ali, James Anderson, Gareth Batty, Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood, Ashley Giles, Darren Gough, Steve Harmison, Matthew Hoggard, Geraint Jones (wk), Simon Jones, Kevin Pietersen, Vikram Solanki, Andrew Strauss, Marcus Trescothick, Alex Wharf
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Andrew Strauss Despite two ducks in his last three innings, he still managed 656 runs in the Tests and lifted the Man of the Series award. But his one-day form for England has been impressive too - 658 runs in 22 matches so far, at an average of 38.70, with a good strike rate of 74.77 runs per 100 balls.
Adam Bacher Recalled to South Africa's one-day side for the first time in seven years, after a prolific season for the Lions. In ten matches for them he's scored 502 runs at 62, including a massive 158 not out against the Warriors. The nephew of the former SA board chief Ali, this Bacher is now 31, and also played 19 Tests between 1996 and 1999.

 

Graeme Smith Maybe it's the cares of captaincy, but the man who bludgeoned twin double-centuries in the Tests in England in 2003 only managed a modest trio of fifties this time, and was haunted by Hoggard. A rare home series defeat will have added to the headaches inflicted by his coach, who clobbered him with a ball at practice during the fourth Test.
Jimmy Anderson The Next Big Thing about a year ago, he has returned to earth with a bump, not helped by weeks of net bowling as England played back-to-back-to-back Tests. Looked disorientated when let loose on the great outdoors in the fourth Test, but should get another chance with the white ball.

 
Charl Langeveldt
Raring to go after his debut in the third Test was disrupted by a broken hand. But even when he was plastered up his pacey swing bowling upset England, as he took 5 for 46 at Newlands, reviving bad memories of the pre-Test warm-up, when he grabbed seven wickets for South Africa A.
Full series schedule

Match 1 - January 30, Johannesburg
08.00 GMT - 15.45 GMT

Match 2 - February 2, Bloemfontein (day/night)
12.30 GMT - 20.15 GMT

Match 3 - February 4, Port Elizabeth (day/night)
12.30 GMT - 20.15 GMT

Match 4 - February 6, Cape Town
08.00 GMT - 15.45 GMT

Match 5 - February 9, East London (day/night)
12.30 GMT - 20.15 GMT

Match 6 - February 11, Durban (day/night)
12.30 GMT - 20.15 GMT

Match 7 - February 13, Centurion
08.00 GMT - 15.45 GMT


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