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SA v AUS 1st ODI Preview: Dented Proteas try to leave T20 pasting behind in Paarl ODI

Australia's Mitchell Starc appeals unsuccessfully for the wicket of South Africa's Faf du Plessis
Australia's Mitchell Starc appeals unsuccessfully for the wicket of South Africa's Faf du Plessis

It has been a year since South Africa won a series in any format. Despite showing some goods signs over the last couple of months, this is a sorry state and captain de Kock would like to overturn it in this three-match rubber.


Venue - Boland Park, Paarl

Start time - 11:00 AM GMT | 01:00 PM LOCAL

Head to Head record in ODIs -  South Africa: 48 Australia: 48  Tied: 3

Weather - Sunny, 36°C, Precipitation: 0%, Humidity: 26%, Wind: 18 km/h

Debut for Janneman Malan likely


South Africa have brought in uncapped players Kyle Verreyenne and Janneman Malan into the squad, rewarding them for their domestic performances. Faf du Plessis continues to be "rested" in the ODIs. He is yet to play a 50-over game since the 2019 ODI World Cup in July.

Rassie van der Dussen has been rested for the three-match rubber as well. Dwaine Pretorius also misses out. Lutho Sipamla, who made his ODI debut against England recently, keeps his place.

Keshav Maharaj, who is the team's leading spinner in Test cricket, has been called up based on his couple of eye-catching performances in the Momentum One-day Cup. 

With Reeza Hendricks dropped from the ODIs, it is almost certain that Janneman Malan will pair with skipper de Kock to open the innings. 


One of Starc or Cummins to be rested?

Jhye Richardson, after not getting a game through the T20Is, will stay back in South Africa with the ODI squad. Richardson, who is coming back from a shoulder injury that did not allow him a crack at the ODI World Cup, hasn't played international cricket for Australia for 11 months. The 23-year-old had an impressive Big Bash League, where he bagged 15 wickets from 14 games at an economy of 7.07.

"Jhye is performing exceptionally well, as we saw throughout the Big Bash. He has slotted back into the T20 squad in South Africa and is pushing for a place in that side," Trevor Hohns said. "We are very fortunate to have such a deep pool of fast bowlers. Jhye has earnt his place after the hard work he has done to get back into his best form after serious injury. Keeping him in South Africa with the one-day squad gives us another exceptional fast bowler who is ready to go."

The presence of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Kane Richardson and Josh Hazlewood makes it difficult for the youngster to make the XI, but since the CA has asked him to stay back, it is likely that one of the quicks is rested. With Starc and Cummins having had some serious workload in recent times, one of them can make way for the young quick, who will get to don the Australian jersey for the first time since March, 2019.

Matthew Wade, who failed to impress in the T20Is, is expected to warm the benches. Mitchell Marsh, who was no better, is likely to be in the all-rounder's role, with him and Ashton Agar, who had a mighty fine T20I series, assigned to compete the quota of the fifth bowler.

T20Is would have dented the hosts

An 89 all-out implosion in Johannesburg. A 96 all-out fiasco in Cape Town. A 107-run defeat in the 1st T20I. A 97-run defeat in the final match of the series. The lowest-ever T20I total for South Africa in Johannesburg - 89. The second lowest in Cape Town - 96.

Biggest defeat in Johannesburg. Second biggest in Cape Town. Sandwiched by the come-from-behind win at Port Elizabeth. All this would have dented the home side's confidence and it would take some doing for them to bounce back. But, this is what they did after being blown away in the opening T20I against Australia. You never know.

Here's a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:

South Africa - Quinton de Kock (c & wk), Janneman Malan, Kyle Verreyenne, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, JJ Smuts, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi

Australia - Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey (wk), Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Agar, Jhye Richardson/Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa

This is where you can catch all the live action across the globe:

 Australia: Fox Sports

South Africa: SuperSport

India & Subcontinent: Sony Network

Canada: ATN Cricket Plus (Asian Television Network), CBN

USA: Willow TV, Hotstar

Malaysia: Astro Cricket HD

Middle East and North Africa (MENA): OSN Sports Cricket HD

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