Australia vs South Africa, 1st ODI | AUS vs SA WHO WILL WIN
After that infamous ball-tampering saga that proceeded to have major implications on the Australian cricket set-up, the cricket takes centre stage once again as the Proteas lock horns with the Aussies in the first of three ODIs on Sunday.
18 years ago, when both sides squared off in a 3-match ODI series, the setting was seemingly the same but in the different camp. Following the King Commissions report and the subsequent Hansie Cronje admission of his ‘unfortunate’ love for money, Lance Klusner replicated his 1999 World Cup form to script an enthralling win to help restore some pride for the beleaguered fans.
Australia in ODIs (Last 10 Matches)
Fast forward to 2018, Aaron Finch’s Australia has the same task on hand. The Word Champions fortunes in ODI cricket have been on a freefall in the past two years which started two years with a 0-5 drubbing at the hands of the same opposition they’ll face tomorrow.
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Even with Smith and Warner in the side, they proceeded to lose 1-4 to India (away) and 1-4 against the poms (home, both wins came in a dead rubber) highlighting their middle-order malice. Shaun Marsh, who had a decent outing during their 0-5 drubbing in England and the 34-year-old remains key to their batting unit.
Australia vs South Africa (Head-to-Head)
Won by Australia:- 0
Won by South Africa:- 5
But the one thing that counts in Australia’s favour that is grappling with just as many flaws as them. Following de Villiers shock retirement, the dependence of the batting unit on Hashim Amla and JP Duminy will be more aptly felt.
With Amla and Duminy set to miss the series due to niggles, the onus of the batting unit falls on the likes of Markram, Faf du Plessis Quinton de Kock and David Miller.
With both sides boasting of a formidable bowling unit, it is their batting that will define the course of not only this series but the road ahead of the 2019 World Cup.
Venue:- Perth International Stadium, Perth
Match Timing:- Sunday, November 04, 2018, 08:00 AM IST
So, who will win AUS vs SA? Let us delve into the betting odds, as part of our AUS vs SA Today Match Prediction.
AUS vs SA WHO WILL WIN| AUS vs SA Betting Odds
Bet365- AUS (4/7) SA (11/8)
Betfair- AUS (5/8) SA (6/4)