After an unlucky T20 World Cup campaign that saw them fail to reach the semi-finals despite winning four of their five games, South Africa return to international cricket with a simple home assignment against the Netherlands.
The Proteas will be without a number of their regulars – most of them are being rested after a taxing T20 season.
Temba Bavuma, Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen, Kagiso Rabada, and Anrich Nortje were already left out, and then Lizard Williams and Lungi Ngidi were ruled out due to injuries, leaving Keshav Maharaj a very young group to lead.
He will, however, have the services of Wayne Parnell at his disposal, with the left-arm seamer having returned to the national fold following a Kolpak stint.
The Netherlands were thrashed in each of their three T20 World Cup matches, which was hard to take considering two of those teams – Ireland and Namibia – were pretty much the same size.
But this series against South Africa is a different format. It’s longer, which means in theory it should spell more trouble for the Dutch, which like most minnows, do better in fewer overs.
The Netherlands’ ODI record for the year has been mixed. They’ve played five and won three, with their defeats sandwiched among victories.
After a long time, the Dutch won’t have Ryan ten Doeschate in their playing eleven although he will still be in the dugout as a team mentor. The 41-year-old hung up his gloves after the World Cup.