About the Match
South Africa and England are going to face each other in a 3 match ODI series to be held in England between 24th May and 29th May. This series, though being important in its own, has a wider context as well as it will serve as preparation for both these teams for the ICC Champions Trophy to be held in England in June. The 1st match of the series will be played at Leeds on 24th May and both the teams must be looking forward to begin the series on a winning note.
The current fifth ranked team in the ICC ODI team rankings, England, have had a real turnaround since the 2015 world cup, where they were eliminated during the league stage of the tournament. The current England side is a completely different team to the one which played in the 2015 world cup, and they have made some steady but definitive progress under the leadership of Eoin Morgan in the last eighteen months.
Being the hosts for this series will provide England with the all important home advantage. They know the conditions inside out and the crowds will be on their side as well. This familiarity with conditions also brings added pressure though, and how well England is able to handle this pressure can determine the result of this game.
Most of the players in the English squad are in good form, and the team has also done well against Ireland recently, where they clean swept Ireland in a two match ODI series. Ben Stokes, who was in sensational form with both bat and ball in the IPL, is back for England and will be a crucial player for them. But at the same time, they have other players as well who can be match winners on their day.
England is entering this series with a well balanced squad and has had some good recent success as well. Though how successful they will be against South Africa, depends upon how well they are able to handle the pressure of expectation.
South Africa enters this series as the number one ranked ODI team in the world. They will enter this series with high expectations and with the kind of personnel at their disposal, will be looking forward to win this series and enter the Champions Trophy with some momentum.
South Africa has been in great ODI form of late, and with AB de Villiers being declared fit enough to lead them, will surely provide very tough competition to England. The conditions in England will definitely suit their pace dominant bowling attack as well as their batsmen who like batting on bouncy surfaces.
South Africa has announced a very well balanced squad for this series. AB de Villiers, JP Duminy and Hashim Amla are all in great nick and Imran Tahir has also been bowling very well. Quinton de Kock and Morne Morkel are coming back from injuries, but both did well in the practice games and look set to have some major impact on this series.
South Africa is a well balanced team and are in great form right now and this can be a great chance for them to get a series win in England under their belt. They will just want to focus on playing some good aggressive cricket.
Both England and South Africa are two good ODI sides and both have had success recently. England will have the home advantage, but South Africa is not alien to bouncy conditions either. Both these sides have had success recently, but England appear to be a better balanced side on paper and due to home advantage, and this gives them an upper hand in this contest