After declaring their supremacy over the hosts in the T20 format, Australia will be coming face to face with South Africa again but this time it will be for the ODI format. The first ODI between the two teams is scheduled to take place on Thursday at Mangaung Oval.
South Africa had a disappointing run in the T20 format but they will be eyeing to do major damage to the visitors in the ODI format and gain some confidence for the upcoming ODI World Cup.
Australia is currently ranked second in the ICC ODI rankings and it is an opportunity for them to improve their rankings ahead of the ODI World Cup. Cricket betting sites have odds for this series with them.
The Proteas squad will be looking forward to the ODI format and regain the winning momentum. They are on a three-match winning streak in the 50-over format and would like to continue the same. Temba Bavuma will be leading the squad with Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen in the opening lineup.
Aiden Markram and Heinrich Klaasen will be responsible for scoring quick runs in the middle order. Anrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi will be leading the pace attack with Tabraiz Shamsi as the spin option.
Marco Jansen is still injured and won’t be playing in the ODI series.
Predicted Lineup: Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma ©, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Dewald Brewis, Sisanda Magala/Kasigo Rabada. Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi
Australia is in good form but they are missing out on Pat Cummins as he is currently recovering from an injury and is expected to be back during the series against India. In his absence, Mitchell Marsh will be the leading man with David Warner and Travis Head as the opening pair.
Cameron Green will be in the spotlight again in the middle order with Marnus Labuschagne. Sean Abbott and Nathan Ellis will be leading the pace attack with Adam Zampa in the spin department.
Australian camp is dealing with injuries of Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins, and Mitchell Starc.
Predicted Lineup: Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh ©, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Marcus Stoinis, Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Adam Zampa, Nathan Ellis
We are in for an absolute thriller as both teams are strong when it comes to the ODI format. South Africa would like to continue their winning streak and Australia, on the other hand, would like to start the ODI series on a positive note.
We predict a win for South Africa on Thursday because Australia’s primary players are injured and the hosts might get the benefit of the same.