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South Africa v West Indies, Test Series Preview in Numbers

A look at the big names and numbers before South Africa takes on the West Indies in the first Test Match at Centurion on Wednesday

South Africa v West Indies, Test Series Preview in Numbers - Cricket News
Chanderpaul averages 95.85 in his last 14 Tests with five centuries.
25 - South Africa and the West Indies have met 25 times in Tests with South Africa leading the tally with 16 wins. The biggest of those wins – by an innings and 100 runs – came at Kingsmead in Durban in January 2008. The West Indies has won thrice and six matches have ended in draw. 

10 -  In South Africa, it is far more one-sided with the home side leading 10-1 and one match drawn. The sole victory for the West Indies in South Africa came at Port Elizabeth in 2007, where it won by 128 runs inside four days to take 1-0 lead. But South Africa eventually won that series 2-1. The West Indies is currently ranked in eighth place on the ICC Test rankings, while South Africa is No. 1.

14 -  The two sides have met twice at Centurion with South Africa winning by 351 runs in 1999 and by ten wickets in 2004. The Centurion has been South Africa’s happy hunting ground - it has won 14, lost two and drawn three of its 19 Tests at the venue. But the team lost to Australia by 281 runs in February this year. 13 of the 19 captains to win the toss at the ground have chosen to field first. 

 1st - This is South Africa’s first home Test since the retirement of Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis.

 2 - AB de Villiers is ranked second in the World in the Reliance ICC Rankings for Test Batsmen. He averages 79.76 in ten Tests against the West Indies. 

52.58 - Hashim Amla is in sixth place with Faf du Plessis in 15th place. Du Plessis averages 52.58 in his 17 Tests so far. 

383 - Dale Steyn is the world’s top-ranked bowler, well-ahead of second-placed Rangana Herath. Steyn has 383 wickets - the same as Ian Botham but in 27 fewer Tests - at 22.56. In his six Tests against the West Indies, Steyn has picked 35 wickets, including two match hauls of eight wickets. 

95.85 - Shivnarine Chanderpaul is ranked third in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen. He averages 95.85 in his last 14 Tests with five centuries. 

2,983 - Samuels needs 17 more runs to reach 3000 in Tests. Since scoring 260 against Bangladesh at Khulna in November 2012, Marlon Samuels averages just 20.92 in eight Tests.  He failed to score in both the innings against New Zealand in Kingston in June.

8 - Kemar Roach is at a career-best eighth place on the ICC Test rankings for bowlers. He has 68 wickets at 21.77 in his last 14 matches. 

1 -  Irrespective of how the Australia-India series pans out, if South Africa wins the series, it will be guaranteed top spot in the ICC Rankings.

Team News
JP Duminy has a knee injury which has probably ruled him out of the entire series.  Stiaan van Zyl  is expected to make his Test debut in place of Duminy at No. 7. 

Robin Peterson has been recalled to the South African squad as Dane Piedt is recovering from a shoulder injury.  Lions duo Temba Bavuma, a top-order batsman, and Kagiso Rabada, a 19-year-old seamer, are in the South Africa squad for the first time.

Darren Bravo has opted out of the tour for personal reasons and Chris Gayle is missing due to a lower back injury. The West Indies will therefore rely on Marlon Samuels, who hit a double-century in a warm-up match last week, and the World’s Number 3 ranked batsman, Shivnarine Chanderpaul. 

Devon Smith could play his first Test since May 2011. He averages 24.71 with just one century from 33 Tests. Left-arm fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell - a private in the Jamaican Defence Force - has been added to a seam department that includes Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel and Jason Holder. Cottrell took five wickets in the tour match and could make his Test Match debut.

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