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The Proteas T20 squad will be looking to continue with the winning trend set by the Test and ODI squads in the upcoming KFC T20 International series against Sri Lanka starting at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Friday. The Proteas hold a 100% series win record after an impressive start to the season, and have the opportunity to add another series trophy to the cabinet.

Captain, Farhaan Behardien, says the squad will not be taking their opposition and the series lightly, especially in the absence of some of the regulars in the team. He commended the selectors for rewarding performances in the CSA T20 Challenge, and hopes the series will grow the depth of the resources available to the national side.

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South Africa's womens' team took an unassailable 3-1 lead in their five-match, One-Day International (ODI) series when they beat Bangladesh by a convincing 94 runs at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium in Cox’s Bazar on Wednesday.

The visitors posted a challenging 251/7 after electing to bat first, with Mignon du Preez and Chloe Tryon scoring a respective 79 (108 balls, six fours) and 47 (54 balls, seven fours) runs.

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South Africa's new fast bowling T20 cap, Lungi Ngidi, hopes to add another milestone to his fast-moving cricket career in the upcoming KFC T20 International series against Sri Lanka starting at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Friday. The 20-year-old has had a dream run over the last couple of months after making his debut for the Multiply Titans in the CSA T20 Challenge this season- he was named as the bowler of the match in the six-run victory in the final - and hopes to take his performances onto the international stage.

“I wouldn’t say that I expected it sooner, but the journey has been amazing for me, everything has unfolded quickly,” he said ahead of the squad’s first training session on Tuesday. “I have put in a few performances here and there but the coaches were always reminding me that consistency is the best thing. That is what I tried to do, one step at a time, I tried to be as consistent as possible, and the performances came naturally with playing well.”

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Fuelling talk that he might call it a day in Test cricket, South African star batsman AB de Villiers pulled out of the upcoming series in New Zealand in March, although saying this was not a retirement call.

"Not yet. I'm not there yet," de Villiers was quoted as saying by ESPN on Tuesday. "The reason being that I just need to settle things in my head. Over the last few years something has come to mind, which is the fact that we haven't won a World Cup yet. And for me to make it to the 2019 World Cup, I can't really be serious in every format.

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South African batsman AB de Villiers is close to retiring from Test cricket in order to extend his time in limited-overs formats, a media report said on Sunday.

"I'm not sure how AB will feel in terms of Test cricket so we will have to see," South African Test skipper Faf du Plessis was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia's website on Sunday.

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South Africa's pace bowling quartet claimed 16 wickets between them on day three to bowl their side to an innings and 118 runs victory over Sri Lanka in the final Sunfoil Test match at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Saturday and complete a 3-0 series clean sweep with more than two days to spare.

The wickets where shared between all four with the recalled Wayne Parnell taking 6 wickets in the match while new cap Duanne Olivier took 5 wickets on debut.

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Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada took two wickets apiece as the Standard Bank Proteas tightened their grip on the second day of the final Sunfoil Test match against Sri Lanka at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Friday.

When bad light caused an early close the visitors had reached 80/4 in their first innings in reply to the Proteas total of 426 all out which appears to be a well above par total.

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