SA squeak in ... though gloves fit for Miller


Cape Town - Team composure in a tense white-baller? Far from ideal by South Africa on Tuesday, that’s for sure.

But if you chose to look at the bigger picture instead, the confirmation that David Miller can be relied upon enough as an emergency wicketkeeper, if necessary, by the Proteas was a notable positive in terms of World Cup planning.South Africa found their new Andrew Hall, if you like, in that capacity at Newlands .

or even their Boeta Dippenaar, though his one-match stint behind the international stumps had been in a losing cause.The Proteas won the first of three Twenty20 internationals against Sri Lanka on the novel grounds of eclipsing a Super Over slug-out after the main phase of the contest was tied.

Although the format was different, this was still a useful workout for the national side, who fielded a line-up heavily dominated by players expected to travel to CWC 2019 in England in May and were given a slightly overdue but highly welcome run for their money after the one-sided 50-overs series.There would have been decidedly mixed feelings in the South African dressing room afterwards about how they dealt with pressure moments during this match: some aspects were decent, including the way they handled the extra “mini-match” both with bat and ball, although the down side was that they really should not have taken the fixture to the Super Over in the first place after an unnecessarily helter-skelter finish to their main chase at the crease.

So yes, there were clouds on the night, but also at least one noteworthy silver lining as Miller passed an acid, unusually dual-role examination of his cricketing package.

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