South Africa vs Australia – 1st One-Day International Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is South Africa vs Australia taking place? Saturday 29th February, 2020 – 11:00 (UK)

Where is South Africa vs Australia taking place? Boland Park, Paarl

What is the expected weather for South Africa vs Australia? 35c and sunshine forecast all day

What channel is South Africa vs Australia on? South Africa vs Australia will be televised live on Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream South Africa vs Australia? South Africa vs Australia will be streamed live on Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I get tickets for South Africa vs Australia? Tickets for this match can be purchased here!

LAST MEETING
South Africa beat Australia by 10 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

SOUTH AFRICA

  • South Africa come off a drawn ODI series with England at the start of February and those performances against the world champions will give them some confidence as they come into this clash with Australia in Paarl.
  • Despite his return to the T20 fold, Faf du Plessis has not been named in their ODI squad so Quinton de Kock leads the team that can count on Heinrich Klaasen and while De Kock will keep wicket, Klaasen’s form with the bat in the T20s could well see him come into the middle order ahead of JJ Smuts.
  • The bowling attack is likely to see some changes from the series with England also as Anrich Nortje is recalled after his return to fitness while Kagiso Rabada is also back so the pace duo should come in for Beuran Hendricks and Lutho Sipamla.

AUSTRALIA

  • Australia are coming off a narrow series defeat at the hands of India in January so they will be keen to bounce back in the 50-over format of the game and build on their 2-1 series win in the T20 series over South Africa earlier this week.
  • From the team that played the T20 matches, there will likely be a couple of changes with Marnus Labuschagne coming into the middle order at the expense of Matthew Wade while Josh Hazlewood should come into the bowling attack for Kane Richardson.
  • One criticism from the T20 series was the lack of firepower in the middle order as they continue to miss the injured Glenn Maxwell but Labuschagne will give them more depth and he will be looking to continue his stunning form from 2019.

THE PREDICTION

This one-day series promises to be an entertaining one with Australia tagged as favourites but South Africa having won eight of their last nine meetings, including a 10-run win in the World Cup last summer. The hosts held England to a 1-1 draw earlier this month and that was without Rabada and Nortje who both return here so they should be capable of being more competitive than the bookies suggest. The trio of Warner, Finch and Smith continues to impress for Australia and lay the foundations for their good form. In this longer format and with the inclusion of Labuschagne, their greater depth may just give them the edge in this opening match once again.

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