South Africa is all set to take on Australia in a three-match one-day series that will begin from 4th November. Hosts Australia will be keen to make amends after torrid tour against Pakistan in the UAE earlier this month. The side failed to win a single against Pakistan and will be keen to get back to winning ways.
Tim Paine has been replaced by Aaron Finch as the captain of Australia cricket team. Finch has been rewarded with this honor due to consistently good performances for the side over past couple of years. He certainly has been a consistent performer for Australia in the absence of David Warner and Steven Smith.
Shaun Marsh and Travis Head have been decent in the limited-overs cricket for Australia so far this year. Marsh had a decent outing with the bat and scored two centuries against England in the five-match one-day series played earlier this year.
Chris Lynn has been included in Australia’s ODI squad for the three-match one-day series. All-rounder Mitchell Marsh has been dropped from the side. Glenn Maxwell also has managed to retain his place in the squad despite not doing much with the bat in recent times.
Marcus Stoinis has done exceedingly well with the bat and is averaging well over 40 from 18 games played for Australia. He endured a tough time in England and failed to score any sorts in the one-day series. Stoinis will be keen to get back to form in the upcoming one-day series against South Africa.
Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins make their return to the limited-overs squad for this series. The duo will strengthen the bowling attack and will reduce the burden carried by Mitchell Starc over past couple of months. Starc has topped the bowling charts for Australia since May 2015. The left-arm quick has picked up 58 wickets in 31 matches at an average of 24.68.
Adam Zampa and Ashton Agar are two spin options for the side in the three-match one-day series against South Africa.
On the other hand, South Africa comfortably brushed aside Zimbabwe in the one-day series played at home. It will certainly be the biggest test for Faf du Plessis and co. as they take on Australia in this short series. Hashim Amla and JP Duminy have been ruled out of the one-day series due to injuries.
The young players like Aiden Markram and Reeza Hendricks will be keen to fill the void left behind by such experienced players. Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller are dangerous players in the middle order and can certainly score quick runs at the back end of the innings. Miller will need to raise his game with the bat after not scoring too many runs against Zimbabwe.
Heinrich Klaasen certainly has the potential and ability to play a long innings for South Africa. He has shown glimpses that he can deliver in a pressure situation for the side.
Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris and Dwaine Pretorius are three genuine all-rounders included in the squad for this one-day series. The trio will fight it out for a place in final XI.
Imran Tahir produced phenomenal performances against Zimbabwe in the one-day series played in South Africa. Tahir is certainly the first-choice spinner for the side. Left-arm Chinaman Tabraiz Shamsi is included as a second spin option.
Dale Steyn made an immediate impact with the ball during the series against Zimbabwe. He will certainly be keen to go from strength to strength and produce his best against Australia in this series.
Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada have been excellent for South Africa as a new-ball pair in limited-overs cricket. Rabada has topped the bowling charts for South Africa and picked up 86 wickets in 54 games at an average of 26.79 since May 2015. He is certainly number one strike bowler for South Africa in limited-overs cricket.
Australia vs South Africa 2018-19 Schedule
1st ODI– Australia vs South Africa
Sunday, November 4, 2018, at 03:20 GMT
2nd ODI– Australia vs South Africa
Friday, November 9, 2018, at 03:20 GMT
3rd ODI –Australia vs South Africa
Sunday, November 11, 2018, at 02:50 GMT
One-off T20I – Australia vs South Africa
Saturday, November 17, 2018, at 08:20 GMT