Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

England v South Africa: first ODI

England v South Africa: first ODI

And with a major tournament on home soil this summer, England will be determined to get off to a good start in the three-match series.

ENGLAND: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood.

England are a strong team that will undergo some changes, with IPL stars back in their ranks.

"It's really important for us to focus on what we are dealing with now: a big series coming up", de Villiers said.

While his best XI remains one of the most competitive in the world, the depth of the squad has been hit by a spate of players signing away their global prospects for more lucrative "Kolpak" deals in county cricket.

"It is a ruthless tournament and if you don't start well it can hurt you and you can be out before you know it".

Morgan, himself an IPL player, was simply delighted to have several key men back on board.

"We've come close to fulfilling our potential throughout the couple of years we've been together but we've a lot of hard work to go in order to strive to be contenders for the 2019 World Cup".

"I don't think as sports people we should allow ourselves to be held ransom, otherwise you won't have world events, you won't have touring teams".

"Jos is one of the best in the world as well and Chris has been an important part of Kolkata Knight Riders' road to the final stages". There are a few of us who have been around for a few years.

"I've never played in a side with such variety in the batting, with guys open-minded about doing different things".

"I'm feeling really good".

Among the measures is the provision of a full-time security liaison officer, who the European Central Bank has provided and who will remain with the South Africa squad for the entire duration of the tour.

Quinton de Kock (w), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (c), Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir, Wayne Parnell, Keshav Maharaj, Farhaan Behardien, Andile Phehlukwayo. We can't stop guys from going where they want to go and playing cricket where they want to play cricket. "We are pretty confident".

"We are not harping on too much on what we lost, rather focusing on what we have gained over the last few months", he said.

Their last two series have been against one-day heavyweights India and New Zealand, and the Proteas have won both.

Along with condemning the attack as "abhorrent and despicable", Moosajee also said the South Africa squad wanted to take a stand by not being intimidated in the aftermath of the incident.

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