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South Africa set sights on trophy


The inaugural Twenty20 world championship will provide South Africa with the perfect opportunity to end their trophy hoodoo on their home soil according to Proteas coach Mickey Arthur.

Hosts South Africa open the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 with a match against West Indies on 11 September.

"This is a huge chance for us to get the country behind us and to win a substantial event. It is attainable if we play to our potential," he said.

"Players who are unorthodox and can think on their feet will be crucial," said skipper Graeme Smith.

South Africa's preparations have been marred by a row over the decision to drop star all-rounder Jacques Kallis from the squad.

Wicket-keeper Mark Boucher was fined after he criticised the decision, but Smith says the team have not been disrupted.

Smith believes bowlers could play as big a role as batsmen in deciding the eventual winners.

"I'm unsure whether batsmen are going to totally dominate. No-one really knows what conditions are going to be like at this time of year," said Smith.

"If they are good, then batsmen could have a field day because the ball travels far up here on the Highveld and our stadiums are smaller than elsewhere in the world.

"But bowlers' skills are improving all the time and with slower balls and bouncers coming into play, I think they could have a big say as well."

Top-order batsman Loots Bosman is a doubtful starter for the tournament because of a back problem.

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