The Standard Bank Proteas’ recent success against Sri Lanka will count for nothing in their opening ICC Champions Trophy match at The Oval in London on Saturday. The Proteas stamped their authority on the sub-continent team with a 5-0 whitewash at home earlier this year, but remain aware of the threat of their opposition heading into a big event. All-rounder, JP Duminy, says the high-stakes nature of the tournament puts both teams on even keel regardless of their past performances. Duminy says the series against England allowed the players to assess and to acclimatise to the early-summer conditions, and they head into Saturday’s match with the best possible preparation. The Proteas play their group matches at two contrasting venues in terms of pitch conditions; The Oval in London which is comparatively high-scoring, and Edgbaston in Birmingham which is the highest wicket-taking venue for spinners in the UK.

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