West Indies and S Africa square up

Updated on Sep 11, 2004 11:24 AM IST

S Africa arrived for the Champions Trophy with a 5-0 defeat in Sri Lanka while Windies are low on confidence after a Test whitewash to England.

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PTI | ByMark Meadows (Reuters), London

South Africa arrived for the ICC Champions Trophy on the back of a 5-0 defeat in Sri Lanka while West Indies are low on confidence after a Test whitewash to England.

They meet on September 18 at The Oval after both playing Bangladesh, who have won just five of their 93 matches since their first official one-day international game in 1986.

South Africa opener Herschelle Gibbs endured a torrid time with the bat in Sri Lanka but his captain Graeme Smith has laid the blame on the whole team.

"The basics let us down. The guys have had a hard look at themselves and are ready to bounce back," he said. "In crunch moments of a game we have got to be more ruthless."

West Indies reached the final of the triangular series with New Zealand and England in July and look a much more cogent side in one-dayers than in Tests.

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