Australia look to salvage pride against South Africa at Port Elizabeth

Preview

Australia will take on South Africa in the fourth game of the series to be played at St. George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on 9th October. South Africa already have an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match bilateral ODI series.

Overview

This season has started on a right note for South Africa as they gone from strength to strength with each game they have played. The last game saw David Miller put up an astounding performance with the bat to chase 372 runs against Australia and seal the first series win for his side since 2009.

Australia did all the right things with the bat as David Warner and Steve Smith scored tons to put up a massive 372 runs on the board, only to see the game drift away from their hands due to an inexperienced bowling lineup with the likes of Chris Tremain and Daniel Worrall. Miller impressed with the bat and scored a superb century in just 69 balls.

He was well supported by Andile Phehlukwayo who scored a crucial 42 runs to see the side win the game by four wickets. Dale Steyn was attacked upfront as the likes of Warner and Finch took the attack to him in the initial overs. Wayne Parnell has been sidelined due to injury with Kyle Abbott coming into the side for the game.

Australia’s batting has not been that bad but a lack of experience in their bowling lineup has let them down in the series. The bowling lineup has found it difficult to contain the flow of runs and gone for plenty in all the previous three games.

Jon Mennie and Scot Boland might play in this game after Chris Tremain and Daniel Worrall’s poor performances in the first three matches.

Players to Watch Out For

Hashim Amla is the cornerstone in South Africa’s batting lineup. He did sit out in the first two games but would definitely want to get amongst the runs in the series.

For Australia, Aaron Finch is an aggressive stroke maker at the top of the order and he has not made a telling contribution in the series so far against South Africa. The opener who was the catalyst for the one-day series win in Srilanka would definitely want to score a big hundred for Australia in the remaining games.

Pitch Conditions

The pitch generally prepared at St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth is not a high-scoring one but given the trend in the series, this surface is surely going to be a placid one with plenty of runs on offer for the batsmen. The weather forecast for the game is set to be ideal.

 

South Africa

Probable XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), David Miller, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis (c), Rilee Rossouw, JP Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Kyle Abbott.

Australia

Probable XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steve Smith (c), George Bailey, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade (wk), John Hastings, Adam Zampa, Scott Boland, Joe Mennie.

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