After losing the T20I series 3-0, South Africa would eye revenge against England in the three-match ODI series, with the first match beginning on Friday. South Africa was completely outplayed in the T20I series, as they struggled to match up to England's aggression, and superior all-round game.
South Africa would start afresh in the ODI series, hoping the 50-overs format would turn lucky for them. However, they have been dealt a blow as their former skipper Faf du Plessis has been released from the ODI squad to give rest to the veteran player.
South Africa faces a huge challenge to combat England's growing superiority in limited-overs cricket. The Proteas are also facing a transition phase under new captain Quinton de Kock, who has a lot of responsibility on his shoulders of leading the team, keeping wickets, and opening the batting. His form will be the key to South Africa's chances in the ODI series.
England would take the winning momentum from the T20I series into the ODI series and would target another whitewash. However, they will be without their T20I star Dawid Malan who is not part of the ODI squad. England will also be without their star all-rounder Ben Stokes and few other players in Sam Curran and Jofra Archer.
But still, England has enough firepower in their squad to thrash South Africa again. They have another star all-rounder Chris Woakes in the ODI squad, and it would be a great boost to England's chances in the ODI series.
Match Toss Time: 12:30 Local (16:00 IST)
Match Start Time:13:00 Local (16:30 IST)
Match Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
The weather is expected to be cloudy, but no rain is expected. The temperature is set to hover around 15 degrees Celsius to 25 degrees Celsius.
Newlands, Cape Town is a high-scoring ground, with six scores of 300 and more, with four of them scored by South Africa themselves. South Africa enjoys an almost invincible record at this ground, winning 31 out of 37 matches. The pitch will be good to bat throughout. Hence, bat first and put up a tall score would be the key.
South Africa have to move on quickly from the 3-0 thrashing in the T20I series and begin the ODI series afresh. But that is easier said than done. Plus, they are hampered by the absence of du Plessis who has been rested from the ODI series.
South Africa is in the transition phase and looks lesser equipped to thwart the challenges from a strong England limited-overs team. Captain de Kock is struggling with his form and needs to lead from the front to pose a challenge to England.
The English team, under Eoin Morgan, start favorites despite missing key players in Stokes, Malan, Archer, and Sam Curran. They have enough firepower in the squad to make up for the absence of Stokes and Co. All-rounder Woakes is in the ODI squad and would make up for Stokes.
It's the hallmark of a great ODI side that starts favorites despite missing their 3 to 4 first XI players. A lot rests on the likes of Morgan, Jos Buttler, and Jonny Bairstow, and Joe Root to carry the team in the ODI series.
Probable playing XI:
South Africa (SA): Quinton de Kock (captain, keeper), David Miller, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, Janneman Malan, Jon-Jon Smuts, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Beuran Hendricks
England (Eng): Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (captain), Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Billings, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Olly Stone.
SA vs Eng Fantasy Team
Eoin Morgan (Eng), David Miller (SA), Rassie van der Dussen (SA), Joe Root (Eng), Quinton de Kock (SA), Jos Buttler (Eng), Chris Woakes( Eng), Moeen Ali (Eng), Lungi Ngidi (SA), Anrich Nortje (SA), Mark Wood (Eng)
Captain picks: Jos Buttler (Eng), Chris Woakes (Eng)
Vice captain picks: Quinton de Kock (SA), Rassie van der Dussen (SA)
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