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SA v ENG 3rd ODI Preview: Morgan & Co out to blot Proteas 'Pink ODI' record

England's Joe Root walks off the pitch as rain delays
England's Joe Root walks off the pitch as rain delays
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While the focus of the day game will be on breast cancer awareness, an ODI series win will also be for South Africa's taking. All of it, if rain permits.

Venue - The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

Start time - 08:00 AM GMT | 10:00 AM LOCAL

Head to Head record in ODIs -  South Africa: 30 England: 27 Tied: 1 No Result: 3

Weather - Thunderstorm, 23°C, Precipitation: 80%, Humidity: 75%, Wind: 14 km/h

Balanced pitch at the Wanderers

The match will be played at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg which is an average scoring ground. Don't let the highest score of 439 made by South Africa at this venue fool you, as there is always some assistance for the bowlers on this surface.

The last time 300 was made here in an ODI, it was way back in 2016. The last ODI played here was in March 2019 when 231 played 232. Before that 164 played 168. So, it would not be that easy a batting surface in Johannesburg.

Wins for teams batting first and batting second are pretty even stevens here with the side batting first winning 22 of the total 48 ODIs matches played at this venue. The team batting second has won 26. However, with the trend in modern-day cricket to back yourself to chase whatever is put on the board, the team winning the toss is likely to chase.

The last time England and South Africa met at the venue in an ODI, it was a close game back in February 2016. Chasing England's 262, South Africa managed to win by just one wicket.

8 years since the maiden ‘Pink ODI’

Cricket South Africa hosted the first ‘Pink ODI’ at the Wanderers in 2013. The first time the team had a taste of it was when Glenn McGrath, through the foundation set up to remember his deceased wife Jane, first planted the seed for ‘Pink Day’ with South Africa in 2009.

The idea stuck with Cricket SA, who themselves were looking for an awareness campaign around breast cancer. Three years later, when Australia faced the Proteas at the Wanderers, the third day of the second Test was declared as the ‘Pink Day'.

Over the years, the campaign has really gained momentum, with it having not only become a great medium for awareness and charity, but also creating a buzz around cricket.

Great record for Proteas in 'Pink ODIs'

The most remembered 'Pink ODI' was played in January 2015, when West Indies had to bear the brunt of an AB de Villiers on full flight. The Windies got schooled with a record opening stand between Hashim Amla (153*) and Rossouw (128). The crowd then witnessed one of the greatest limited-overs innings that the world has ever seen. ABD smashed a world record 31-ball 100 and ended up his innings with 149 from 44 ball, including 16 mammoth sixes.

The South African cricket team first donned the Pink jersey in March 2013 in an ODI match against Pakistan and posted a mammoth target of 344 to win the game comfortably. The second encounter was against India in December 2013, where Quinton De Kock scored a magnificent 135 off 121 balls and De Villiers supported with a quick fire 77 off 47 balls, which lead them to 358, while India was bowled out for 217.

It was Pakistan who ended the Proteas’ seven-game Pink Day ODI unbeaten streak with an emphatic eight-wicket win at this very venue in January last year.

How do you judge based on 11.2 overs?

South Africa brought in Bjorn Fortuin in place of Lungi Ngidi in the last match. Quinton de Kock set at the toss that he wanted Fortuin to "show us what he's got". With the bowler not getting a chance to do that whatsoever on debut, the team is expected to stick with him.

The slow left-arm orthodox bowler has a decent T20 record with 76 wickets from 64 matches at an average of 18.82 and an economy of 6.40. He can also hold his own with the bat and has the best of 51 in List A cricket.

England decided to play the same XI at Durban and nothing different is expected from them. The team does not have too many alternatives to fall back on in the squad. They do know what they get from Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali, but the management wants to have a look at Tom Banton and Matthew Parkinson with the upcoming T20 World Cup in mind.

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

South Africa - Quinton de Kock (c & wk), Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, JJ Smuts, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Beuran Hendricks, Lutho Sipamla, Tabraiz Shamsi, Bjorn Fortuin

England - Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Joe Denly, Tom Banton, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Matthew Parkinson


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


UK: Sky Sports Cricket

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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