Proteas eager to bounce back in West Indies

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West Indies vs South Africa 

Daren Sammy Cricket Stadium (previously Beausejour Cricket Ground)
Saint Lucia 
Thursday, 10 June - Monday 14 June

1st of two-match Test series 

South Africa will be eager to make a huge statement when they meet the West Indies in the first of a two-match Cricket Test series on Thursday, 10 June. 
Both Test matches are scheduled to take place at the Daren Sammy Cricket Stadium in St Lucia on what is the Proteas' first bilateral tour to the Caribbean since 2010. 
West Indies head coach Phil Simmons
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South Africa will usher in a new era in the West Indies with this series Dean Elgar's first since being appointed as the Proteas' long term captain. 
The Proteas have won three of their eight Tests since Mark Boucher took over as head coach and go into the opening match in St Lucia on the back of back-to-back defeats to Pakistan. 
South African fast bowler Lungi Ngidi is eager to change all that and has targeted a clean sweep on the Proteas' return to the Caribbean, a destination where they've enjoyed a lot of success over the years. 
“Look, for me personally, 2-0 is what any team will be looking for. To be honest we are looking forward to a Test series win," said Ngidi. 

“It has been a while since we have been able to put in solid, convincing performances and blow teams away. So that is what we are focusing on. We have some experience in the team and we have some youth.

“There’s always energy on the field and there are those guys who are going to keep you in your lane when you start getting a bit excited. So it should be a good Test series. I’m sure a lot of fans back home would like to see the Proteas win and that is what we are working towards," he added. 

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The West Indies are unbeaten in their last four Tests and claimed a morale-boosting 2-0 triumph in Bangladesh earlier this year before drawn matches at home to Sri Lanka. 
"It would be great for this team to get in the habit of eking out Test match victories," said West Indies head coach Phil Simmons.

"Obviously we would like to get closer to number one, but we just want to keep playing our best cricket and let the ranking take care of itself," he explained.
South Africa Test captain Dean Elgar
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Kraigg Brathwaite will captain the West Indies once again, having taken over the reins from Jason Holder in March. 
The hosts could field teenage fast bowler Jayden Seales with Shannon Gabriel out injured while Keegan Petersen is the favourite to slot into the batting order for the visiting Proteas following Faf du Plessis' retirement. 

Head-to-head record in Test matches since 1992: 

Test matches: 28 
West Indies wins: 3
South Africa wins: 18
Draws: 7

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Published: 06/10/2021