Before the ODI World Cup begins, two of the strongest squads in the ODI format, South Africa vs Australia will be coming face to face to play a 5-match ODI series hosted by South Africa. The rivalry between South Africa and Australia in international cricket is a storied and intense one that has captivated cricket fans around the world for decades.
This rivalry has been characterized by fierce competition, outstanding talent, and moments of sheer brilliance on the cricket field. The top bookmakers in India have odds with them.
Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, South Africa and Australia were two of the dominant forces in world cricket. Memorable battles ensued, with iconic players like Shane Warne, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis, and Shaun Pollock showcasing their skills.
The fierce competitiveness and close matches between the two teams made for captivating cricket, leaving fans on the edge of their seats. Here is a list of 5 players who will be in the spotlight during the series between the two teams.
1) Josh Hazlewood – Australia
A player who is a treat to watch from the Australian side is Josh Hazlewood. The ferocious pacer is currently ranked number 1 bowler in the ODI format and would like to continue his momentum against South Africa as well. In 69 ODIs since 2010, Hazlewood has picked up 108 wickets at an average of 25.6 and an economy of 4.57.
The beginning of his career was not as good as expected with Australia but it is after a decade, at the age of 32, Hazlewood has finally become a pacer who can win matches for the team.
2) Dewald Brevis – South Africa
Known as Junior Ab de Villers, Dewald Brevis is a young player with a lot of potential. He is still learning the ropes in ODI cricket, but he has the talent to be a star in the future. Brevis has not yet made his debut in the ODI format for South Africa but he is expected to be the next best thing for South Africa in the limited-overs format.
He is a powerful striker of the ball, and he has the ability to score runs quickly. He will be looking to build on his early performances and establish himself as a regular member of the South Africa ODI team.
3) Adam Zampa – Australia
Adam Zampa has been in and out of the team since his debut in 2016. However, in recent times, Zampa has become a crucial player for Australia in the ODI format. His variations are killer and can completely decimate the middle order of the opposition.
Overall in 73 ODIs for Australia, Zampa has picked up 82 wickets at an average of 22.2 and an economy of 6.98. It will be interesting to see Adam Zampa delivering his finest spin bowling against the Proteas on their own pitches.
4) Gerald Coetzee – South Africa
Gerald Coetzee made headlines while playing for South Africa in U-19 cricket. He recently made his debut in the ODI format and has become an important pace bowler for the Proteas. In 2 ODIs Coetzee has picked up 5 wickets at an average of 22 and an economy of 5.5.
It will be a challenging affair to bowl against the Australian batting order but the series will be a test for Coetzee’s talent and will prepare him for the upcoming ODI World Cup.
5) Cameron Green – Australia
Since 2020, Cameron Green has always been in the news because of his consecutive performance in all the formats of cricket for Australia. Green is the most talented all-rounder Australia has in the current climate of cricket.
In 15 ODIs since 2021, he has picked up 11 wickets at an average of 34.3 and an economy of 5.02. He is also responsible for scoring 302 runs at an average of 50.3 and a strike rate of 88.8.