Proteas will face England in first ODI on this Friday. Both teams will try to win this game to take the lead in this three-match series. After English domination, the team from Africa will want to leave their mark on this slightly longer-edition of the game.
Proteas lost all three T20I matches against England. They are still in the transition phase after their few veteran players retired from international cricket. Skipper Quinton de Cock and batsman Temba Bavuma will open for Proteas. Van der Dussen will play in the middle order. Veteran batsman David Miller and Janeman Malan are other options for batsmen in the squad. They have allrounders options like George Linde, JJ Smuts, Andile Phehlukwayo and Dwaine Pretorius in the team. Heinrich Klaasen is backup for the position of the wicket-keeper batsman. Proteas lack experienced batsmen in their line-up.
They have very good pace bowlers like Kagiso Rabada, Junior Dala, Beuran Hendricks, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Norje, Glenton Stuurman and Lutho Sipamla. Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada had good IPL season this year. Proteas would want to defeat the English team in this match to take lead in this ODI series.
England whitewashed Proteas in recent T20I series. They have a star-studded team in ODI format. They are ranked at the top position in the ODI rankings.
Jason Roy and wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow likely to open in the first ODI of this series. Joe Root, Liam Livingstone will play in the middle order. Also Jos Butler, who is regarded as one of the best finishers in limited over formats will play in lower-order for England. All-rounders Moeen Ali and Tom Curran can play in eleven. Also, they have other all-rounders options like Lewis Gregory and Chris Woakes in their squad. Sam Billings is backup wicket-keeper batsman in the squad.
They have speedsters Mark Wood, Olly Stone and Reece Topley in their squad. Leggie Adil Rashid is only specialist spin-bowling options in the squad. England will likely to win this ODI series as they are a stronger team than Proteas. They will aim for a whitewash of the opponent in the next three games.
These two teams played each other 63 times where England won 28 games while Proteas while remaining 30 games, also four matches were abandoned and one game tied.
England are more likely to win this match as they are a very strong team, based on form and the cricket news coming in favours them too.
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Date and Time:
Friday, December 04, 2020, 4.30 PM IST
Newlands, Cape Town
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