We preview the fifth game of the Triangular series between South Africa and Australia taking place on Tuesday, 2 September at 9:30am.
Australia come into this match after an unexpected loss to Zimbabwe, their first to that opposition since 1983. Their coach has said that the result was embarrassing for everyone and regular captain Michael Clarke has been forced to return home after aggravating an injury. The Australians are a hurt animal, which makes them dangerous. It’s in their nature to thrive off the underdog tag and they are sure to come out firing with the intention of making a statement against the in-form Proteas.
AB de Villiers’ men are unlikely to take anything for granted after a batting collapse against Zimbabwe in their last match gave the team a reality check. This match provides the South Africans with an opportunity to be ruthless and another commanding victory will surely give them a mental edge over their fierce rivals leading into the World Cup.
The series has shown that it’s easiest to score quickly when the ball is new and coming onto the bat. Phil Hughes knows how to score big and has the knack of cashing in against South Africa. He scored a half-century in the first encounter between the two sides and will look to at least double that effort this time around.
Based on similar logic, the South African opening partnership will once again look to provide a solid platform. Quinton de Kock has been striking the ball sweetly, but has thrown away a few golden opportunities to add to his list of ODI hundreds. He’ll feel that he’s due and will be determined to convert his form into a match-winning performance.
Australia will fight hard, but South Africa have the momentum and their winning habit should continue.
South Africa – AB de Villiers (c), Hashim Amla, Kyle Abbott, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Rilee Rossouw, Mthokozisi Shezi, Dale Steyn.
Australia – George Bailey (c), Ben Cutting, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Phil Hughes, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc.
Preview compiled by Gareth Stevens.
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