If you didn’t know SA were starting a T20 series against Sri Lanka at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on Tuesday‚ you might not have been any the wiser after Ottis Gibson’s media conference on Monday. That’s no fault of Gibson‚ who spoke two days after SA completed a 5-0 whitewash of the Lankans in the one-day international series. And‚ more importantly‚ 10 weeks and three days — or 73 days‚ or even 1,752 hours — before Faf du Plessis’s team take on England at the Oval in the opening match of the World Cup. “The one-day series gave us a good look at some players‚” Gibson told reporters in Cape Town. “Obviously the result is quite pleasing in terms of confidence and momentum and all that sort of stuff.” Gibson saw 16 players bat and 10 bowl. He watched Quinton de Kock and Du Plessis score centuries — and more than half of SA’s runs in the series — a reassuring half-century for Aiden Markram and a fourth 50 in eight career innings for Rassie van der Dussen. Imran Tahir took nine wickets...

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