But there will be a step up in intensity on Wednesday at Headingley in Leeds, when the Proteas and
Only four matches therefore remain before
Coach Russell Domingo has already stressed that his team’s focus will not be on the England series and instead be squarely focused on preparing for their Group B rivals, which also includes Pakistan and defending champions India.
Fringe players will be given opportunities – like they were against
Faf du Plessis was also not required for duty, while ODI captain AB de Villiers was unavailable for selection due to a respiratory tract infection.
De Villiers will be monitored overnight before being considered for Sunday.
Parnell, who is no stranger to opening the batting in limited-overs cricket, grabbed the chance with both hands in the rain-reduced match by clubbing 61 off 42 deliveries (7x4, 3x6) in a 121-run stand for the first wicket with SA Cricketer of the Year Quinton de Kock.
“Obviously with Hashim resting, from the batting side, there was a spot open at the top of the order. I was the guy who was chosen, and thanks to the coach. I was going to open whether it was 50 overs or a shortened match,” Parnell said after the 66-run victory at
The form of IPL absentees De Kock and JP Duminy would also have pleased Domingo. De Kock blitzed 104 off 78 balls in his first game since recovering from a finger injury, while Duminy, who missed the IPL because of “personal reasons”, certainly looked refreshed during his 68 off 48 balls.
Meanwhile, left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj – playing his first limited-overs match for the Proteas – claimed 2/31 after
“Some guys have played in the IPL, some haven’t. So, it was just about getting a nice run out. It’s obviously a good wicket down here at
There is a feeling that
“We’re pretty confident, we’ve played really good cricket over the last 12 months, which bodes well for us. But coming over here, the conditions are different. There are a couple of guys coming over to