South Africa had a terrible Test series against Sri Lanka as they were whitewashed in the Test series. Sri Lanka used the tried and tested formulae of "spin to win" as the Protean batsmen were clueless in front of Herath and co.
Now with the ODI series to be played, JP Duminy, the South African all-rounder said that the youngsters who have joined the side will help them to forget the Test series drubbing.
Speaking ahead of the warm-up match on Thursday, 26 July, he said South Africa had to learn from the Test experience and move forward.
“You want to try and dust it off as quickly as possible and take what will add value to the ODI and T20 series and see how you can improve. There are quite a few guys coming in with fresh energy, that will definitely add to the environment,” he said.
Apart from Duminy, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Wiaan Mulder, Junior Dala and Reeza Hendricks have joined the squad. Duminy is the most experienced in the squad with 184 caps.
“It is an exciting group, very youthful,” he said. “They have been playing well, they have earned their right to be in the team, which puts pressure on us old dogs. They bring a different energy which is good for the environment.”
“I have been here a few times, I have had some really tough tours, but have also had some success here. You want to draw on that success and reflect on what we have done well.
“I feel conditions wont be as challenging as they were in the Test series so batters will get good opportunities in the middle, we will need to grab it with both hands" said Duminy when asked about the conditions he is expecting in the upcoming ODI series.
The five ODI games will be played in Dambulla, Pallakele and Colombo between 29 July and August 14.
(With ICC inputs)