5th ODI Cricket Preview – South Africa v Australia
Wednesday October 12, 10:30pm AEDT – Newlands, Cape Town
The end of the five-match ODI series can’t come quick enough for Australia as they look to avoid an embarrassing 5-0 clean sweep.
It would be a feather in the cap of the South Africans against the top-ranked ODI side and it will give them plenty of confidence when they head to Australia for the upcoming Test series later in the year.
If things weren’t already bad enough for Australia, South Africa loves playing at Newlands, winning 11 of their past 13 ODIs at the the venue, including a five-wicket win over England in February this year.
Australia has lost their last three ODIs against South Africa at Cape Town, dating back to 2002 and have yet to bowl out South Africa once in the series.
All the statistics in the series favour South Africa, with Quinton De Kock (288), Faf Du Plessis (239), Rilee Rossouw (189) and David Miller (154) in the top five for runs scored in the series. David Warner is the only shining light in the batting department for Australia, contributing 213 runs in the series.
The bowling statistics paint a similar picture favouring the South African bowlers, with Andile Phehlukwayo leading the way with 7 wickets for the series at an average of 27.
It’s impossible to see how Australia avoids a 5-0 whitewash after what was dished up in the 4th ODI at Port Elizabeth.
Australia was skittled for 167 against an South African bowling attack that was missing the likes of Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabida and Imran Tahir and it’s hard to imagine that South Africa won’t want to keep their foot on Australia’s throat with a 5-0 victory looming.
The bowlers will definitely have more of an impact in Cape Town, but until Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood return, Australia’s bowling attack would struggle to dismiss a Matador Cup side.
Match Result – South Africa ($1.73)
South Africa Most Runs – Hashim Amla ($3.75)
Australia Most Runs – George Bailey ($6)
South Africa Most Wickets – Kagiso Rabada ($4.33)
Australia Most Wickets – Mitchell Marsh ($5)
Best Bet – South Africa ($1.73)