|South Africa v West Indies 2014-15|
| South Africa
||vs|| West Indies
ScheduleWednesday, 17 December 2014 at 08:30 GMT / 08:30 UK / 14:00 IST
VenueSuperSport Park, Centurion
The world no.1 team in the ICC Test ranking, South Africa, will be playing three Tests against West Indies who is holding the 8th spot on the table. The Proteas have secured 3353 points from 27 Tests and has a rating of 124 whereas the Windies appeared in 26 games, held 1962 points with 75 rating. South Africa visited Zimbabwe in August and won the only Test against the home side by a hefty margin of nine wickets whereas West Indies defeated Bangladesh 2-0 in their home series in September, 2014. Both countries have faced each other 25 times in the longest version of the game, the Proteas have won 16, lost three while six of them ended in a draw. It is going to be an interesting series where the home side has a clear edge but the tourists will provide a good fight.
The strong batting line up of the Proteas comprises Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Alviro Petersen and Dean Elgar. Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel, Robin Peterson and Kyle Abbott form a dangerous bowling unit.
Marlon Samuel along with Devon Smith opened their arms by plundering 203 and 174 runs vs. South African Invitation XI. Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin and Assad Fudadin are capable of exhibiting positive batting. The Caribbeans carry a fine bowling battery which consists Kemar Roach, Jerome Taylor, Jason Holder, Shannon Gabriel and Sulieman Benn.
Wednesday, December 17 – Sunday December 21, 2014 @ 08:30 GMT, 10:30 local at SuperSport Park, Centurion.
Mostly sunny during five days with the temperatures around 15-26ᵒC.
The winning skipper will find comfortable while batting first.
The surface is supposed to be one of the fastest one in the country and the batsmen, on the other hand will also enjoy batting since the ball comes to bat on a reasonable height.
South Africa – (From) Hashim Amla (C), AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Alviro Petersen, Dean Elgar, Kyle Abbott, Temba Bavuma, Morne Morkel, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Kasigo Rabada, Dale Steyn, Stiaan van Zyl
West Indies – (From) Denesh Ramdin (C), Sulieman Benn, Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Darren Bravo, Assad Fudadin, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, Leon Johnson, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton, Devon Smith,
Team South Africa will be the favourite to win the opening Test.