Event: Australia tour of South Africa 2020
Match: 1st ODI
Venue: Boland Park, Paarl, South Africa
Date & Time: Sat 29 February, 13:00 Local and 11: am GMT
Australia tour of South Africa 2020 is continuing and now ODI series has been started from Saturday 29 February. AUS vs SA will go live from Boland Park, Paarl, South Africa at 1:00 pm local and 11:00 am GMT.
After winning the T20I series with two massive wins, the Australian visiting team will be confident of joining the ODIs, the first of which will be played in Paarl on Saturday.
"Teams used to think that they could just squeeze him, but to develop all the shots that he's got now, he's a super-important player to us, and bloody impressive to watch.”— ICC (@ICC) February 27, 2020
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South Africa has held the advantage in the recent ODI duels between teams, winning seven of their last eight games against Australia in two series, including a 5-0 home win at the end of 2016.
But these statistics won’t matter much if the teams compete against each other in Boland Park in the first game of this series. Australia has been on the rise since March 2019 when they defeated India in their back yard and has shown little sign of stopping since Steve Smith and David Warner’s return to setup.
Australia’s eyelash looks particularly impressive with the presence of these two, Aaron Finch and Marnus Labuschagne. Your bowling unit, led by Mitchell Starc, is just as threatening but tends to have a day off every now and then.
Australia has struggled for balance at times, and this is where all-rounder Mitchell Marsh can come into play to give stability to the middle order while at the same time becoming a reliable sixth bowling option.
Young South Africa, led by Quinton de Kock, will do its job and the captain must set a good example for the inexperienced striker. The bowling attack with Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, and Tabraiz Shamsi is more likely to cause serious problems for Australia.
What Happened Last Time?
Australia stumbled in an apparently straightforward chase in the second game to miss the chance of a clean win, but made no such mistake in the first and third T20I and won those games with 107 and 97 runs respectively.
The teams last met in an ODI at the World Cup when South Africa, driven by a century of Faf du Plessis, scored 325/6, which Australia missed by 10 runs despite Warner’s outstanding 122. Kagiso Rabada took three gates into play.
Weather Conditions For AUS vs SA | SA vs AUS | 1st ODI Live
The playing field in Boland Park usually has a lot to offer for the Seam Bowler and will delight the fast men on both sides. The weather in Paarl is expected to be cool and clear.
Australia Team Squad
- Aaron Finch (Captain)
- Ashton Agar
- Alex Carey (Keeper)
- Pat Cummins
- Josh Hazlewood
- Marnus Labuschagne
- Mitchell Marsh
- Kane Richardson
- D’Arcy Short
- Steve Smith
- Mitchell Starc
- Matthew Wade
- David Warner
- Adam Zampa
South Africa Team Squad
- Quinton de Kock (Captain & Keeper)
- Temba Bavuma
- Beuran Hendricks
- Heinrich Klaasen
- Keshav Maharaj
- Janneman Malan
- David Miller
- Lungi Ngidi
- Anrich Nortje
- Andile Phehlukwayo
- Kagiso Rabada
- Tabraiz Shamsi
- Lutho Sipamla
- Jon-Jon Smuts
- Kyle Verreynne