Losing stars to IPL a 'massive loss' that provides unique opportunity for Proteas

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South African fast bowler Lutho Sipamla (Gallo Images)
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  • Proteas bowling coach Charl Langeveldt said that this is the perfect opportunity to see new faces step up ahead of Wednesday's final ODI.
  • SA are without their five senior players as they left to compete in this year's Indian Premier League.
  • When looking at the bowling depth in South Africa, Langeveldt admits that there is still a need for improvement if the Proteas want to win a World Cup.

Proteas bowling coach Charl Langeveldt views the loss of their star players as an opportunity for new players to step up against Pakistan in the ongoing limited-overs series.

The Proteas will be without five of their senior players for the rest of the Pakistan tour due to their commitments to the Indian Premier League (IPL), which starts on Friday.

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Sunday's victory at the Wanderers saw South Africa level the three-match ODI series 1-1, with the decider scheduled for Centurion on Wednesday.

Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Quinton de Kock, David Miller and Lungi Ngidi have all left South Africa, forcing the Proteas to select a less experienced side at SuperSport Park.

"It's a massive loss, but in saying that, it's an opportunity for the guys that are on the fringes. There's a World Cup in 2023, so in the event of our big names getting injured, we've got to have someone who can step up and perform," said Langeveldt.

With the vaunted trio of quicks gone, the Proteas will experiment with Lutho Sipamla, Beuran Hendricks, Junior Dala, Daryn Dupavillon, Wiaan Mulder or Lizaard Williams.

While some are in form thanks to a competitive domestic summer, they're inexperienced and it's debatable whether their respective skill levels are currently on par with Rabada, Nortje and Ngidi.

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Langeveldt acknowledged there's a lot of talent domestically, though he also cautioned that SA have a lot to do to build the necessary depth to help them win an elusive World Cup title in 2023.

"After watching our T20 competition, the guys did well. The skill level was at a good standard and the bowlers did well with the wickets being bowler-friendly," said Langeveldt.

"The skill level at the back end has been better, but it still needs improvement if we want to win a World Cup. We're still on the up and it's been a good thing that we were on a break so I've been able to work with fringe bowlers and the guys who are now at the IPL.

"At the end of the day, it's about executing under pressure and that comes with playing more cricket, but this is a great opportunity for me to work with them in the off season."

Play on Wednesday starts at 10:00.

Revised Proteas squad for Wednesday's final ODI:

Temba Bavuma (captain, Lions), Beuran Hendricks (Lions), Heinrich Klaasen (Titans), Janneman Malan (Cape Cobras), Keshav Maharaj (Dolphins), Aiden Markram (Titans), Andile Phehlukwayo (Dolphins), Tabraiz Shamsi (Titans), Jon-Jon Smuts (Warriors), Rassie van der Dussen (Lions), Junior Dala (Titans), Lutho Sipamla (Lions), Wiaan Mulder (Lions), Sisanda Magala (Lions), Kyle Verreynne (Cape Cobras), Daryn Dupavillon (Dolphins), Lizaad Williams (Titans).

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