Injured AB de Villiers out of first three ODIs

Phase 1 involves experimentation and South Africa plan to use this ODI series and the next one against Sri Lanka in July to trial players, new and old, both in their familiar position and out of them, in order to distill the pool into the best candidates for the World Cup.

A testimony to the competition between them in One-Day International cricket will be the six-match series beginning February 1. Though India have fond memories of winning against England here in the 2003 World Cup and of course, for registering the famous Test win in 2010-11.

Many people felt it was curry favoring with the home team, perhaps a reflexive relic of the perverse, yet still extant, vestige of apartheid.

India lost the Test Series 1-2, but their performance overall was laudable.

0 - Number of ODI matches India won at the Port Elizabeth's St. George Park out of the five they played.

Faf du Plessis (c), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Jean-Paul Duminy, Imran Tahir, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Lungisani Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Khaya Zondo. Rahane is better than Rohit Sharma overseas, and this presents a selection dilemma for Kohli. If Rahane, should Sharma play at all?

'Super blue blood moon' coming January 31
Humans saw blue moons nearly every night when the Krakatoa volcano exploded in 1883 with the force of a 100-megaton nuclear bomb. January's second full moon occurs on Jan. 31 - which also happens to be the day of the first lunar eclipse of the year.

On the same treacherous pitch Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, importantly Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami, took lethal body blows and still showed courage to defy the all-pace attack.

"He (Rahane) has definitely grabbed his opportunities as the third opener". His experience will be useful, especially in the middle order which could use some stability. A lot of India's batting prowess depends on Kohli's batting form. Of course, he adds, the team's job is to do whatever is required of them.

Virat Kohl, the India captain, led his side on the field and in the run-scoring in the Test series. Either of Chahal or Yadav are expected to play.

"Jasprit Bumrah was a surprise selection because India had more experienced bowlers in the squad, but he was very impressive".

That can be as good as it can be bad‚ but the South Africans already have enough to think about - in the now as well as in the future.

Even though the Indian squad is good, it is by no means flawless. The batsman picked in the middle order are all similar in the way they play their cricket and Jadhav and Pandya are the only ones who are known to hit the long ball down the order. All six will be played in the space of 16 days, with only two days' break in-between matches. "They created history by taking all 60 wickets in the Test series", he said. He should be the one to feature for the Proteas come Thursday. Although there are enough fresh faces to the squad to dissipate any residual feelings of disappointment from a "mentally draining" Test series, the win in Johannesburg will ensure that what comes from hereon is not defined by what has now been settled.