South Africa v Australia 1st One-day International, Boland Park, Paarl, betting preview, tips
South Africa and Australia are virtually straight back into action with the first of three one-day internationals at Boland Park, Paarl, on Saturday.
Australia claimed the three-match T20 International series with a crushing win in the decider at Newlands, and it’s hard to see the home team turning things around in the 50-over series.
The Australians have an in-form top order, with David Warner, Aaron Finch and Steve Smith all looking in great nick, not to mention the dominance of their pace bowlers and spinners.
They play an ODI at Boland Park for the first time, but it is not a ground at which the Proteas have dominated and the South Africans seem there for the taking after a long, tough summer.
The South Africans have shaken up their squad with the inclusion of batsmen Kyle Verreyenne and Janneman Malan, who are both a chance of making their ODI debuts.
Read on for our South Africa v Australia tips and odds update for the first one-day international at Boland Park, Paarl, on Saturday.
South Africa v Australia series schedule, results
Friday, Feb 21: South Africa v Australia, 1st T20I, The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg: Australia 6-196 (20 overs; Steve Smith 45, Aaron Finch 42; Dale Steyne 2-31, Tabraiz Shamsi 2-31) d South Africa 89 (14.3 overs; Faf du Plessis 24; Ashton Agar 5-24) by 107 runs. Player of the match: Ashton Agar.
Sunday, Feb 23: South Africa v Australia, 2nd T20I, St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth: South Africa 4-158 (20 overs; Quinton de Kock 70; Kane Richardson 2-21) d Australia 6-146 (20 overs; David Warner 67no; Lungi Ngidi 3-41) by 12 runs. Player of the match: Quinton de Kock.
Wednesday, Feb 26: South Africa v Australia, 3rd T20I, Newlands, Cape Town: Australia 5-193 (20 overs; David Warner 57, Aaron Finch 55) d South Africa 96 (15.3 overs; Rassie van der Dussen 24; Ashton Agar 3-16, Mitchell Starc 3-23) by 97 runs. Player of the match: Mitchell Starc.
Player of the series: Aaron Finch.
Saturday, Feb 29: South Africa v Australia, 1st ODI, Boland Park, Paarl, 1pm (local time), 10pm AEDT
Wednesday, Mar 04: South Africa v Australia, 2nd ODI, Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein, 1pm (local time), 10pm AEDT
Saturday, Mar 07: South Africa v Australia, 3rd ODI, Senwes Park, Potchefstroom, 10am (local time), 7pm AEDT
Squads for South Africa v Australia ODIs
South Africa squad
Quinton de Kock (captain, wk), Temba Bavuma, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi, Beuran Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Janneman Malan, JJ Smuts, Anrich Nortje, Lutho Sipamla, Keshav Maharaj, Kyle Verreyenne.
Aaron Finch (captain), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (vice-captain), Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Kane Richardson, D’arcy Short, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.
South Africa v Australia 1st ODI odds
Head to head odds: South Africa $2.63, Australia $1.50
Man of the match odds:
$8 David Warner, Quinton de Kock
$9 Aaron Finch
$11 Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc
$13 Temba Bavuma
$15 Kagiso Rabada, D’Arcy Short, Marnus Labuschagne, Pat Cummins,
Top batsman South Africa odds:
$2.75 Quinton de Kock
$4.50 Temba Bavuma
$5.50 Janneman Malan
$8 David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Kyle Verreynne
Top batsman Australia odds:
$3.50 David Warner
$3.75 Aaron Finch
$4.50 Steve Smith
$5 D’Arcy Short
$6 Marnus Labuschagne
$9 Matthew Wade, Alex Carey, Mitchell Marsh
Top bowler South Africa odds:
$4 Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi
$4.50 Anrich Nortje
$5 Keshav Maharaj, Beuran Hendricks, Tabraiz Shamsi
$6 Andile Phehlukwayo, Lutho Sipamla
Top bowler Australia odds:
$3.50 Mitchell Starc
$4 Pat Cummins
$4.50 Adam Zampa
$5 Josh Hazlewood, Jhye Richardson
$5.50 Kane Richardson
$6 Ashton Agar
$7 Mitchell Marsh
For more odds check out Williamhill.com.
South Africa v Aus 1st ODI betting tips
For more info read our guide to betting on cricket. We have looked through the markets to come up with some best bets for the match at Paarl.
Steve Smith top-scorer for Australia at $4.50
So we are back to the 50-over format which should allow the likes of Smith to get more time in the middle. The former Australian skipper looked in great touch in hi short stints in the middle during the T20 series and he will enjoy having time to build an innings. Check out the markets on match day as many of the top bookies will often offer enhanced odds on the top batter markets. If you are wagering from South Africa, check out the top ZA betting sites.
Andile Phehlukwayo top wicket-taker for South Africa
We were disappointed Phehlukwayo was left out of the team for the final T20 as he has a terrific record at Newlands. But we will stick with him at the juicy $6 odds here as he is one of those players who often bobs up with a couple of wickets and also has a good record at this ground. He is also worth a small wager for player of the match as he is a useful batsmen too.
South Africa v Australia predictions – 1st ODI, Feb 29, 2020
South Africa will hopefully regain Temba Bavuma after a hamstring strain and he really adds quality at the top of the order. But unfortunately for the home team they are facing an extremely powerful line-up at the peak of their powers while South Africa have had a shuffle the deck. The only way we can see them giving the Australians a run for their money is if Quinton de Kock once again gets among the runs. He also needs the other batsmen to step up. But it’s Australia comfortable for us. Good punting.
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