Duminy ready to prove expectations wrong

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Batsman JP Duminy is eager to avenge last year's series defeat, when South Africa's ODI series against Sri Lanka gets underway next month.

Batsman JP Duminy is eager to avenge last year's series defeat, when South Africa's ODI series against Sri Lanka gets underway next month.

The Proteas slumped to a four-one loss on the sub-continent in July 2013, but opportunity for redemption will beckon in Colombo, Pallekele and Hambantota 12 months later.

"It is going to be a tough ask for us but I am confident we can make some inroads. We've got a nice squad going there. Because we are starting with one-dayers, it's important for us to start well," said Duminy.

"Last year we didn't have Test matches there so that's going to be an important aspect for us especially because we've lost the number one Test ranking. We have a bit of a point to prove in getting that back."

Two Tests in Galle and Colombo will follow the three ODIs, with the tourists sporting a reasonably new-look squad for the longest format of the international game. Batsman Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis have retired, while the uncapped Dane Piedt and Stiaan van Zyl have been included.

"It's a great thing if teams think that we are vulnerable. If they have that sort of mindset coming into the game, it gives us an opportunity to prove them wrong," concluded Duminy.

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