In the upcoming month of February and March 2023, West Indies will stay in South Africa in order to play 2 test match series. The South Africa vs West Indies test series 2023 will be the concluded series of the ICC World Test Championship. The SA vs WI test series 2023 will commence with the first test match which will be conducted between the two nations at SuperSport Park in Centurion on 28 February 2023 and then both the teams will move to Johannesburg’s DP World Wanderers Stadium to play the last test match of the series on 8th of March.
Dean Elgar, who is currently ranked at the 18th position in the ICC player ranking, will lead the Proteas whereas Kraigg Brathwaite will serve as a captain for the Windies side. Presently, Kraigg Brathwaite, a valuable all-round player of West Indies, is standing in the 28th position in the ICC listing. Currently, South Africa is listed at the number 3rd position, on the other hand, West Indies holds the 8th position in the ICC Men’s Test team ranking. South African pitches are not easy for the batters because South Africa’s pitches are bouncy and support pace bowlers.
The last time in 2014, West Indies visited South Africa to play 3 test matches and lost the series by 2-0. Moreover, the last test series between both nations was held in 2021 in the West Indies. South Africa came out as a winner by beating West Indies by 2-0. West Indies and South Africa have fought 9 test bilateral series and the Windies could achieve victory only once in 1991-92. Since 1992, West Indies has never been able to achieve a triumph over South Africa.
In terms of head-to-head in test cricket, South Africa and West Indies have faced each other on 30 occasions where West Indies could win only 3 matches and lost 20 matches. Overall, as of October 2022, West Indies has fought 565 test matches and they successfully achieved victory in 181 matches while losing 204 matches. On the other hand, South Africa has appeared in 455 test matches where they got victory in 175 matches and faced defeat in 156 matches. This year 2022, West Indies has appeared in 5 test matches where they defeated their opposition in 3 matches without losing any game. On the other hand, South Africa has played 9 tests where they achieved victory in 6 matches and lost 3 matches. So, it would be interesting to watch how West Indies will perform in order to break the chain of losing series against the Proteas.