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Proteas expect harder Twenty20 test

Source - sabcnews.com

The West Indies cricket team will be a different kettle of fish when they face the Proteas in a Pro20 match at Wanderers tomorrow.

South African captain, Graeme Smith, says although they have beaten the tourists 2-1 in the test series, the West Indies have shown in the past that they can bounce back from test defeats to win a one-day series away from home.

The Proteas seemed to be in a relaxed mood, especially after they convincingly beat the visitors in the last test to clinch the series. Smith says if they had to play another test, they would probably have driven this advantage home.

But he is not so sure about the shorter version of the game. Smith says it is important that they start well, because the West Indies will come with a different energy in the shorter form of the game.

The final line-up for the match is yet to be decided, but it will be a surprise if Jacques Kallis plays. Shaun Pollock might play in his last Pro20 game.

Smith said: "We want to send Pollock off in the right way, we have huge respect for him as a player and a person."

Although the Proteas won the test series, the West Indies performed far better than anticipated. They also won the first Pro20 match at the start of the tour. West Indies coach, John Dyson, says they will continue to build because there are lots of things that need polishing.

A decision on captain Chris Gayle's availability will only be made tomorrow.

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