AB de Villiers has won the toss and has elected to bat first in the Proteas’ Tri-Nation series clash against Australia.
The Proteas beat Australia the last time these sides met in an ODI, winning the final of a triangular series also featuring Zimbabwe back in 2014, but it’s Australia who go into this match as heavy favourites, given the recent fortunes of the sides. SA plummeted to their lowest total against West Indies since 1992 in their defeat to the hosts on Friday, before the Aussies cleaned that same side up by six wickets on Sunday.
The same slow pitch that was used on Sunday will be operated on in humid conditions in Guyana, and it’s another good opportunity for the spinners to show their worth in favourable conditions, which explains the inclusion of no less than three out-and-out spinners for this clash for SA, as Tabraiz Shamsi makes his debut for the green and gold. Kyle Abbott makes way for him, while Wayne Parnell comes in for Chris Morris. Faf du Plessis remains on the sidelines.
There’s one change for Australia meanwhile, as Mitchell Starc is rested, with Nathan Coulter Nile coming in in his place.
Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (capt), Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade, Nathan Coulter Nile, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon
South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Rilee Rossouw, AB de Villiers (capt), JP Duminy, Farhaan Behardien, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Aaron Phangiso, Tabraiz Shamsi, Imran Tahir