ODI series loss was a reality check for South Africa: Duminy

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CENTURION: Stand-in T20 skipper JP Duminy said the 1-5 ODI series loss was a reality check for South Africa and the hosts would rely on fresh faces and an “aggressive mindset” in the new format to counter rampaging India in the three-match T20I series.

After being outclassed in one-dayers, South Africa have completely revamped the T20I squad including as many as six new players in the 14-man side which will face India in the T20I series starting with the first game in Johannesburg on Sunday.

“I think the new faces will help. It is something that we spoke about this morning that we will feed off the freshness of new faces around. The format is different. It is a quicker and more aggressive format. And it will naturally bring out the best in us,” said Duminy.

“I am excited to be able to lead. I think leadership naturally brings out the best in me and I enjoy the experience of leading people. I am quite excited by it,” he added.

Talking about the ODI series loss, Duminy said: “Yes, it has been a dismal one-day series for us where India have outplayed us. —APP

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