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Kallis leaning on IPL insight
SA's stand-in captain Jacques Kallis is hoping lessons gleaned from IPL stints would help his team in the one-day series against India.
The two teams shared a two-match Test series 1-1, India emerging winners in a nerve-racking second Test at Kolkata which helped the home side retain their position at the top of the International Cricket Council's rankings.
India, however, have struggled to translate the superiority they have shown in Tests into the shorter formats of the game and Kallis hopes knowledge gained from association with India's players during the IPL would give his team the edge.
"A lot of teams are adapting to the conditions in the subcontinent a lot better because of spending more time here," said Kallis.
"You end up playing with a lot of Indian players during the IPL, so you see how they do things and how their mentality works.
"All of that does help and players all around the world are learning how to adapt better here now."
Kallis was appointed captain after Graeme Smith was ruled out due to a finger injury and he leads a slightly different team from the one which did duty in the Test series, with the likes of opening batsman Herschelle Gibbs, off-spinner Roelof van der Merwe and fast bowler Albie Morkel - all of whom have IPL contracts - now in the ranks.
South Africa will be bolstered with the return of wicketkeeper Mark Boucher, who had missed the second Test due to a back injury.
"Boucher is on track with his recovery, and we are confident he will play on Sunday," Michael Owen-Smith, South Africa's media manager said.
Hashim Amla, top scorer in the Test series with centuries in both innings at the Eden Gardens and a double century in the first Test in Nagpur, was originally not part of the one-day squad, but is now in for Smith.
The home side, still euphoric over the victory in Kolkata, will field a team considerably weakened due to injuries.
One-drop batsman Gautam Gambhir, prolific hitter Yuvraj Singh and strike bowler Zaheer Khan have all been ruled out, while off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has been granted leave to attend his sister's wedding.
Their absence offers several fringe players such as Yusuf Pathan, Dinesh Karthik and Praveen Kumar a chance to shine.
The series presents another battle for position in the ICC rankings as South Africa can dislodge India from second place should they secure a series victory.
Australia have already secured the top spot in the rankings.
 
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