About the Match
Winning the T20 series 2-1 against South Africa, Australia has received a shot in the arm and they now go forward with greater confidence as they gear up for the 5-match ODI series with the first one scheduled to be held on 14th Nov at Perth. The visitors had started out well but the Aussies got the better of them, winning two consecutive matches; South Africa will now be eager to start the ODI series on a positive note whereas Australia looks determined to maintain the upper hand.
Although the team received criticism for their continuous defeats sometime back, they managed to come back stronger against the proteans and look good to stabilize their unit for the upcoming ODIs as well as the World Cup starting next year. George Bailey, who has been performing well on the domestic front as well as the international circuit, is a great asset along with experienced batsmen like Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell, David Warner, Shane Watson and Michael Clarke, who makes a comeback after a long gap. With fast bowlers Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Josh Hazlewood, the team packs a punch and can be ruthless against the opponents especially on home turf; Steven Smith, Mitchell Marsh, Kane Richardson and Maxwell can get the regular breaks with the wickets and their all-rounder skills are an added advantage. The players are looking positive and with the psychological advantage of playing at home, defeating Australia will be a daunting task for the opponents.
With JP Duminy’s injury woes coming back to haunt him, the team will miss his services and is slightly at a disadvantage but AB de Villiers, who has been consistent with his batting performance, will lead the side with more conviction to succeed against the odds. Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, David Miller and the young all-rounder Rilee Rossouw, who has excelled in the T20 series, bring their skills and experience to the table and can definitely pit up a good fight against the Aussie bowling attack. On the bowling front, they have Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander, Wayne Parnell, Imran Tahir, Robin Peterson, Kyle Abbott and the deadly sting of Dale Steyn, who can demolish the opposing batting line-up with ease. This unit will definitely bring many a sleepless nights to the hosts and they just need to stay focused on executing their strategy in the first match of the series. They must put the T20 series defeat behind them and start afresh with more determination to work as a well-oiled machine.
The ODI series will definitely be a tough challenge for both sides as they bring out their experience and skills to the forefront; we expect a good fight as the two teams go up against each other with all their fire-power. However, while Australia clearly has the home advantage and good performers, South Africa which has the perfect mix of established batsmen and bowlers, looks well placed to emerge victorious here.
South Africa, 2.37 @ Bet365