New-look South Africa face an uphill task against formidable England!
England to register a thumping win over South Africa!
South Africa will be looking to start on a positive note when they take on World Champions England in the opening game of the one-day series at Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town on Tuesday. Wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock has been named captain for limited-overs side. Uncapped players like Lutho Sipamla, Bjorn Fortuin, Janneman Malan, JJ Smuts, and Sisanda Magala have been included in the squad for England series.
On the other hand, England captain Eoin Morgan will be pleased with the side’s performance in the warm-up games. The limited-overs side will be looking to field their strongest XI for this opening fixture. This is England's first limited-over series since winning their maiden World Cup on home soil last year.
The selection committee has certainly picked new players in order to adequately prepare for the next four years. Wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock richly deserves his nomination as captain of the one-day side. He will need to lead from the front and deliver big runs at the top of the innings for South Africa in this three-match one-day series.
In the batting department, the side will be relying heavily on the likes of Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller to deliver the bulk of the runs. Since Jan 2019, Quinton de Kock done has exceedingly well for the side in limited-overs cricket. Left-hander has accumulated 774 runs in 17 matches at an average of 48.37, which includes one century and seven half-centuries.
Besides De Kock, Middle-order batsman Rassie van der Dussen has shown tremendous consistency with the bat for South Africa in white-ball cricket. In 18 matches, van der Dussen has scored 664 runs at an average of 73.77 with seven half-centuries to his name. Reeza Hendricks, David Miller and Temba Bavuma will need to make crucial scores for the sid in this opening game of the one-day series.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Lungi Ngidi, Lutho Sipamla and Andile Phehlukwayo to make crucial breakthroughs. Left-arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi is expected to play this game.
Quinton de Kock (captain &wk), Janneman Malan, Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, JJ Smuts, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi, Lutho Sipamla.
|Q de Kock||76||116||11||0||65.52|
Rassie van der Dussen, Quinton de Kock, Tabraiz Shamsi, Reeza Hendricks, Lutho Sipamla, B Hendricks, Temba Bavuma, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, JJ Smuts, Lungi Ngidi
The visitors produced decent results in the two warm-up games played against South African Invitational XI at Boland Park. England Skipper Eoin Morgan will be hoping that the side can put in clinical performance with the bat and ball against South Africa at Newlands. The opening pair of Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy smashed splendid centuries for England in the warm-up matches. The duo will be looking to continue their excellent form with the bat in this three-match one-day series.
Since Jan 2019, Joe Root has been a standout performer for the side with the bat. England’s premier batsman has topped the batting charts in white-ball cricket with 910 runs at an average of 50.55. He has smashed three centuries and four half-centuries during this period. Eoin Morgan, Tom Banton and Dawid Malan will make up the middle-order for the side in this opening game. Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid will certainly play this game as England might field two spinners at Newlands.
In the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of Chris Woakes, Tom Curran and Chris Jordan to make crucial breakthroughs in this contest. Since Jan 2019, medium-pacer Chris Woakes has topped the bowling charts for the side in limited-overs cricket. In 19 matches, Woakes has claimed 29 wickets at an average of 29.79.
Eoin Morgan (captain), Tom Banton (wk), Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid.
Chris Jordan, Matt Parkinson, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, CR Woakes, Jason Roy, Eoin Morgan, Tom Curran, Sam Curran, Tom Banton, Joe Denly
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||20||0 mm.||3.72 k/h||From: S||13%|
|03h||20||0 mm.||2.96 k/h||From: S||23%|
|06h||21||0 mm.||0.67 k/h||From: WSW||28%|
|09h||27||0 mm.||2 k/h||From: WNW||1%|
|12h||29||0 mm.||2.17 k/h||From: WNW||2%|
|15h||28||0 mm.||3.32 k/h||From: S||4%|
|18h||23||0 mm.||4.84 k/h||From: S||14%|
|21h||22||0 mm.||3.16 k/h||From: S||95%|
Traditionally, the pitch will be expected to be a belter with plenty of runs for both the teams. The weather conditions for the game to be played on Tuesday is going to be bright with light breeze
Newlands Cricket Stadium in Cape Town is going to host the opening game between South Africa and England. Home side will take heart from the fact that they won all their one-day matches against England at this venue. England last win at Newlands came against Pakistan in 2003 Cricket World Cup played in South Africa.
The side that wins the toss would be keen to win the toss and bowl first. The quick bowlers might get some lateral movement in the second half of the game.
England has a strong batting line-up and this will make them favorites to win the game against South Africa. World Champions will be looking to dominate the proceedings against a new-look South African side. With the likes of Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, and Jason Roy, expect England to pile on the runs in this game.
England to register a thumping win over South Africa!