AB: Proteas will look to Tahir in Sri Lanka

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South Africa ODI captain AB de Villiers will be looking to leg-spinner Imran Tahir in Sri Lanka, given his knack of taking crucial wickets, even though the economy column could be better.

South Africa ODI captain AB de Villiers will be looking to leg-spinner Imran Tahir in Sri Lanka, given his knack of taking crucial wickets, even though the economy column could be better.

Tahir has established himself as the Proteas strike spinner, with his efforts at the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh in March particularly impressive. He also had a good IPL for the Delhi Daredevils, so De Villiers is hoping the Sri Lankan decks will be as good to Tahir.

De Villiers said: "In the past he has done really well for us, in the 2011 World Cup in similar kind of conditions. He is definitely a big part of our team.

"He is an attacking bowler and we're really excited to see him perform well in Sri Lanka."

Coach Russell Domingo then essentially ruled out having three pure spinners in the ODI side, with JP Duminy set to take up the off-spin role alongside his batting, while uncapped Dane Piedt was also available but unlikely to start.

Thus, the chances of Tahir and Duminy taking up the spin duties were high, with Domingo saying: "Two spinners will be the way I suppose. One of the frontline spinners with JP will be our best call.

"We are fortunate that we are always going to play one frontline spinner and then JP as a part-timer but I see him as a frontline spinner. So we do seem to have both bases covered.

"The conditions will determine the squad but it is highly unlikely we would go with three spinners. I don't think that is going to happen."

The first of three ODIs is on 6 July in Colombo, and then the two-match Test series starts on 16 July in Galle.

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