SA v ENG 1st ODI Preview: Chance for de Kock to stamp his authority as England dish out opportunities
In the absence of Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer and Mark Wood, England will be testing their bench strength. This presents a chance for Quinton de Kock to begin his journey as regular skipper on a winning note.
Venue - Newlands, Cape Town
Start time - 11:00 AM GMT | 01:00 PM LOCAL
Head to Head record in T20Is - South Africa: 29 England: 27 Tied: 1 No Result: 3
Weather - Partly Cloudy, 24°C, Precipitation: 10%, Humidity: 79%, Wind: 23 km/h
Not a high-scoring venue
The opening match of the ODI series will be played at the Newlands in Cape Town, which is not a very high-scoring ground and the average score batting first in the ODIs here is 235. Out of the total 42 ODIs played at this venue, the team batting first has won 28 while the one batting second has won 14.
The two teams have already played 5 ODIs at this venue, with the home side coming out victorious in each of those encounters.
The last ODI played here was between Sri Lanka and South Africa in March 2019 when Sri Lanka was bowled out for just 225 and South Africa won the game easily.
The in-form players
England would be confident going into the ODI series after their impressive performances in both the practice one-day games against the South African invitation XI. While opener Jason Roy struck a century in the first match, his opening partner Jonny Bairstow came good in the second match with an unbeaten century.
Although the England batting did not do quite well in the first match, Joe Root and Joe Denly, apart from Bairstow, came to the party in the second one, both falling just short of their centuries.
Their bowling in the first game was well-rounded with Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Tom Curran and Matthew Parkinson chipping in with two wickets each. In the second game, Joe Denly and Matthew Parkinson shared five wickets between them.
For South Africa, some of the players took part in the ongoing 50-over Momentum Cup. Rassie van der Dussen, playing for Lions, struck a decent 65 in the opening encounter of the tournament. Lungi Ngidi, upon return from injury, looked good and picked up a 3-wicket haul while conceding just 40 runs from his 9 overs.
Denly ahead of Banton, Tom ahead of Sam
In the absence of Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer and Mark Wood, England will step into the ODI series in order to audition some players for the upcoming T20 World Cup. While they will open with the tried and tested combination of Jason Roy and Johnny Bairstow, the two centurions of the practice games, Joe Denly is expected to play ahead of Tom Banton on the basis of his performances in the warm-up games.
Tom Curran has had a good Big Bash League and is expected to make the XI alongside Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan. There will be spin on offer at Cape Town and there is a possibility of England going in with all of the three spin options, including all-rounder Moeen Ali.
Three debuts on the cards for the Proteas
A South African side without Kagiso Rabada and Faf du Plessis can hand debuts to as many as three players - Lutho Sipamla, Bjorn Fortuin and Kyle Verreynne.
Quinton de Kock is likely to pick the young Janneman Malan as his opening partner over Reeza Hendricks. Lungi Ngidi, Bjorn Fortuin and Tabraiz Shamsi will be their leading bowlers.
South Africa and England have played a total of 60 ODIs against each other out of which South Africa have won 29 and England have won 27. One has been tied and three have ended without a result.
The last time England and South Africa came up against each other in an ODI was in the opening encounter of the 2019 ODI World Cup, when England beat South Africa by a massive margin of 104 runs.
Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes were the main contributors for England with the bat while Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada were among the wickets for South Africa. Only Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen could score half-centuries for the Proteas as they failed to make an impact in front of some fiery bumpers from Jofra Archer and measured bowling from Ben Stokes.
Here's a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:South Africa - Janneman Malan, Quinton de Kock (c & wk), Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, David Miller, Kyle Verreynne, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lungi Ngidi, Lutho Sipamla/Beuran Hendricks, Tabraiz Shamsi, Bjorn Fortuin
England - Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Joe Denly, Moeen Ali, Tom Curran, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Matt Parkinson
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Malaysia: Astro Cricket HD
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