Chris Gayle Darren Sammy West Indies
Chris Gayle and Darren Sammy will look to play vital roles for the West Indies in the 1st ODI against South AfricaReuters

After all that rather pointless T20 fun, it will be back to the serious cricket of ODIs as South Africa and West Indies kick their World Cup preparations into overdrive starting with the first one-day international in Durban on Friday.

West Indies walloped South Africa in the first two matches of the T20 series, before the Proteas came back to pick up a consolation win, and now the home team will look for more positive results, especially with the return of their heavyweight players, including AB De Villiers, Hashim Amla, Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn.

South Africa will head into the World Cup, starting on 14 February, in Australia and New Zealand as one of the favourites to go all the way and lift the title, and stopping the immensely talented, yet unpredictable, West Indies will be a good beginning and preparation for the big one next month.

For the West Indies, there will be plenty to prove and iron out as well. They have a new captain in the young fast bowler Jason Holder, while the selectors will be praying the team put out on the field will be good enough, to not only beat South Africa at home -- something that hasn't happened since 2004 -- but also to go far in the World Cup, after they controversially left out Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard.

"I would not say it's a hard task. Obviously we know the South African team is a very good team," said new skipper Holder. "They are ranked highly and are above us.

"I see it more as a challenge and I am one to embrace challenges and I think the team sees it the same way and we are going to put up our best fight and we are looking to compete and win the series."

Holder will hope for as much support as possible from his more experienced teammates, and former ODI and current T20 captain Darren Sammy said he will be right there to help if needed, but, at the end of the day, it will be up to Holder to decide what sort of skipper he wants to be.

"It's a tough job he is coming in to...captain of West Indies in the one-day team," Sammy was quoted as saying by WICB's official website. "It's always going to be difficult. I will always give good advice where necessary but I would let him be him be his own man, his own captain.

"It's important that he leads the team the way he wants. Bring his own style into the setup. It's our duty to make his job much easier, because it's a lot on a young man

"I was put into that situations and I got a lot of experience form it so I would pass on my experience as well."

West Indies will take a late call on Chris Gayle, who missed the final T20 with a back problem, and Holder will hope to have the marauding left-hander, who was in ridiculous form in the first two limited-overs matches, in his debut match as captain.

Where to Watch Live

The first ODI match is scheduled for a 1.30 pm local time (5 pm IST, 11.30 am GMT) start with live coverage in India on Ten Cricket and Ten HD. The match can also be watched in India via live streaming on Ten Sports Live.

Watch the first match in South Africa on SuperSport, while viewers can live stream the action on SuperSport Online. Viewers in the Caribbean can catch the match live on SportsMax.

Sky Sports 2 will broadcast the first one-day international live in the UK, while viewers can also watch the one-dayer via live streaming online on Sky Go or Watch Sky Sports. Audience in the US can catch the game live on Willow TV or Willow TV Online.

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