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Proteas Tour of India: Early Days

With much of the country focused on the Springboks and their quest for a third Rugby World Cup title, the Proteas are flying a bit under the radar as they begin their Indian tour with three T20 matches followed by five ODIs and four Tests.  The tour, which has been named the Mahatma Gandhi-Nelson Mandela Series, kicked off with the first T20 match in Dharamsala at the iconic Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium on Friday.
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New Look Proteas

Not a lineup change, but a wardrobe change for the Proteas.  South Africa released their first kits under their new sponsorship with New Balance on Wednesday. The Boston, Massachusetts-based apparel company will outfit Cricket South Africa for the next five years.  As for the kits themselves, they are a breath of fresh air after a number of years with Adidas.

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David Miller, Hashim Amla, and Faf du Plessis were on hand at the launch to show off the three different kits for the various formats.  For the ODI kit, New Balance have picked up where Adidas left off using the darker green that is similar to that of the Springbok kits and equally as striking.  It appears that Castle Lager have moved there logo on the ODI kits to a more prominent placement across the chest similar to that of India’s kit with the Star sponsorship.

Hash showed off the Test whites which are straightforward enough though they incorporate a bit of green on the shoulders to make them stand out relative to other Test nation sides.

The T20 kit is well…a T20 kit.  It isn’t as bad as some (looking at you IPL). The dark green matches that of the ODI kit which is great to see, hopefully spelling the end of that light green that the Proteas have worn for far too long and the high collar is a bit of a neat look.  Interestingly, Castle Lager appears not to be sponsoring this kit, instead that honor goes to Ticketpro.

All in all, a very nice lineup put out by New Balance for their first ever Protea kits.  Here is to hoping the men perform in Bangladesh as good as they will look.

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Hump Day Video: 438 Match

If you are feeling a bit of ODI withdrawal following the end of the World Cup, take a few minutes to watch the final 18 balls from the famous 438 Match at Wanderers on March 12th 2006.  What an amazing match and an incredible run chase. ODI cricket at its absolute finest.

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Quotas…Again

Well, it didn’t take too long for the good feeling of the Proteas World Cup run and #ProteaFire to come crashing down.  Just after the semi-final loss to New Zealand there was noise that Vernon Philander was selected over Kyle Abbott because of racial quotas. Cricket South Africa and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula were quick to deny that there was any type of racial quota being observed in the selection for the match.  Mbalula has reiterated his stance that quotas played no part in Philander’s selection on Monday.

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Looking Ahead

Although the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup is now in the rearview, there is plenty of exciting international cricket in the coming months ahead.

One tour on the calendar this month that is of great excitement to From Hyderabad to Hove is England’s tour of the West Indies beginning on April 13th and running through May 5th. Windies will feel they can go on and take the series at home given England’s current lack of form.

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