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South Africa will be looking to exact revenge for their Twenty20 loss against West Indies in December when the two sides meet at the Wanderers on Friday.

The rain-shortened Twenty20 opener saw the home side suffer a five-wicket loss at the hands of the tourists in the opening match of the Windies' tour.

Since then the Proteas have bounced back with a Test series victory and will be wanting success in the shortest form of the game before the five-match one-day series gets under way in Centurion on Sunday.

But Proteas captain Graeme Smith has warned that his players will have to be on their guard, with the tourists hungry for more Twenty20 success.

"We know they're going to have renewed energy going into a different form of the game, so it's important we start off well," he said.

"Just think back to their tour of England when they lost the Test series and came back and won the one-day series.

"In this form of the game there can be a lot of excitement. They like to play this form of the game and they've proved to us many times just one player can take the game away or put you on the back foot.

"So, we'll give them the respect they deserve and hope we can perform well enough to put them on the back foot again."

Smith also welcomed the return of Justin Ontong to the side on his home ground.

"It's great to see Justin get rewards for his good performances and come back," he said.

"It's a great opportunity for him and it would be nice for him to put both hands out and take it."

Meanwhile, the West Indies believe they can bounce back from their Test series defeat and claim a Twenty20 whitewash against the Proteas.

"We'd like to take the momentum of that win and of our away series wins against England and Zimbabwe into the series against South Africa," West Indies coach John Dyson said.

"We were disappointed that we didn't do better in the Test series but the Tests are behind us and we are now looking ahead. It's a matter of getting on with the job.

"It's just a matter of adjusting to a Twenty20 match. There's a bit of a different approach to a T20 game, and we'll work on those adjustments in the net session."

Dyson indicated that Chris Gayle, the Windies captain, would probably not play on Friday.

"We'll have a look tomorrow morning, but at the time he broke his left thumb the doctors said he should not play until January 19."
 
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