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South Africa vs West Indies 1st Test Predictions & Tips - Bavuma inspired Proteas set to win

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Last updated: 27 Feb 2023
Ralph Staniforth 27 Feb 2023
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South Africa vs West Indies Predictions


Neither side comes into this series in good form but South Africa are very tough to beat at home. They have also made some changes to the side and coaching staff so there should be some optimism around.
  • South Africa vs West Indies Predictions
  • Head to Head
  • South Africa Form
  • South Africa Injuries & Team News
  • West Indies Form
  • West Indies Injuries & Team News

My best bet is for the hosts to win and new captain, Temba Bavuma to top score.

  • South Africa have won 4 of their last 5 Test matches against the West Indies.
  • South Africa have won their last 2 home Test series’.
  • South Africa’s Temba Bavuma was the teams leading Test run scorer in 2022.
  • West Indies’ Tangerine Chanderpaul averages 69.66 in Test cricket.
  • West Indies’ Tangerine Chanderpaul scored 207 runs in the 1st Test against Zimbabwe.

Head to Head


South Africa have won four of their last five Test matches against West Indies. One of the last five ended in a draw.

They last met in June 2021 where the Proteas won by 158 runs.

South Africa Form


South Africa were challenging in the World Test Championship but lost the chance of making the final with defeat in Australia. Up to that point the team had done reasonably well despite a number of off-field challenges.

The Proteas batting has however been a major problem for more than two years now, and that continued in Australia. They struggled to put big scores together and relied on their bowlers to keep them in the game.

In home conditions and with changes afoot, there is some optimism around the side at the moment. They have a dominant record against the West Indies as well so this is a good opportunity to get some momentum.

South Africa Injuries & Team News


Temba Bavuma has taken over the captaincy from Dean Elgar. The opening batsman however remains in the squad. Wiaan Mulder is also back in the mix as is Keegan Petersen after missing out in Australia through injury.

Lungi Ngidi, Rassie van der Dussen, Theunis de Bruyn and Sarel Erwee have been dropped. Aiden Markram is likely to open the batting.

West Indies Form


The West Indies, much like their opponents, were well beaten at the end of 2022 in Australia. There were however some positives for the side during the series.

They more recently faced off against Zimbabwe where they beat their hosts 1-0 in a two-match series. After dismissing Zimbabwe for 115 in the first innings, the Windies scored 292 runs as Roston Chase top scored with 70 runs.

The hosts were then all out for 173, handing the West Indies victory by an innings and four runs.

West Indies Injuries & Team News


The West Indies have a reasonably settled lineup. They are unlikely to change much from the side that beat Zimbabwe.

Verdict

South Africa are backed to win with Temba Bavuma tipped to top score in the first innings.

In the same market, Tangerine Chanderpaul is backed for the West Indies.

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