South Africa and Australia contests are always a spectacle in any format. So, the ODIs are going to generate the same level of interest . That means the first of the three ODIs to be played at Boland Park in Paarl promises to be a humdinger.
Most of the Australian squad members have played the T20Is and so have the South Africans. There are so many options to pick from both sides making this a wonderful match.
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The Proteas have been completely dependent on Quinton de Kock for their runs this season. The South African captain will once again be the key component of their batting. With Faf du Plessis not around still, players like Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller will be required to put in their best efforts.
As Kagiso Rabada is ruled out, the onus falls upon Lungi Ngidi to keep the charge up. Beuran Hendricks has shown against England that he can be trusted, which makes him an interesting back-up choice.
It has been an absolutely thorough and professional performance from Australia to win 2-1 in the T20Is. The top-three of Aaron Finch, David Warner and Steve Smith will once again look to do the job. Have them in your side, already!
There should be a place in your team for Mitchell Marsh, who can be a good all-round choice. Alex Carey is another good option, considering the value he can give with his batting. The Australian bowlers add even better value and should be shoo-ins for your side. The likes of Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa and Mitchell Starc should make your team easily.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Quinton de Kock has been brilliant all through the summer for South Africa. He is set to continue the same path and score big for his side.
David Warner enjoys a battle and should be up for it. His recent form in the ODIs has been really good and the opener should relish a big score.
Andile Phehlukwayo is not your traditional all-rounder in that he doesn’t get in your side as a pure batsman or a pure bowler. As a package, though, he is very good.
South Africa: 1 Quinton de Kock (C & WK) 2 Temba Bavuma 3 Rassie van der Dussen 4 Heinrich Klaasen 5 David Miller 6 Jon-Jon Smuts 7 Andile Phehlukwayo 8 Lutho Sipamla 9 Anrich Nortje 10 Tabraiz Shamsi 11 Lungi Ngidi
Australia: 1 Aaron Finch (C) 2 David Warner 3 Steve Smith 4 Marnus Labuschagne 5 Mitchell Marsh 6 Alex Carey (WK) 7 Ashton Agar 8 Josh Hazlewood 9 Pat Cummins 10 Mitchell Starc 11 Adam Zampa
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