3rd ODI: Australia determined to stage a comeback against confident hosts South Africa
Australia will fight it out to keep the contest alive as another win for hosts South Africa would mean that they would seal the series 3-0.
South Africa have taken a 2-0 lead in the series by outplaying Australia in the first two games played at Centurion and Johannesburg. The first game saw opener Quinton de Kock flay Australia’s young bowling attack to see his side win comfortably by six wickets. The second game saw South African skipper Faf du Plessis lead from the front to notch up a splendid ton with key contributions from Rilee Rossouw and JP Duminy.
Du Plessis has been great with his captaincy as it showed in the second game at Johannesburg when he rotated his bowlers well to take breakthroughs at critical times. Andile Phehlukwayo was great with the ball in the first game while Wayne Parnell bowled well in the second game. The South African bowling lineup is in good shape coming into third game of the series.
Visitors Australia’s inexperienced bowling lineup has made matters worse as their absence of frontline seamers was felt in the first two games. The debutants in Chris Tremain, Daniel Worrall and Jon Mennie have found it tough in the first games but hopefully they will get better as they play more in the future for Australia.
Australia’s batting has been a mixed bag as everyone has got a start in their innings but have failed to convert those scores into big ones to put the side in the driving seat in the game. Australia would be desperate while looking towards David Warner, Steven Smith and George Bailey to deliver with big performances.
The visitors have not clicked in the series as a unit but all can come good if big guns in Australia’s dugout produce some match-winning performances.
After losing the first two games, Scot Boland might come into the frame in place of either Tremain or Mennie for the third game at Kingsmead Durban.
Players to Watch Out For
Dale Steyn has looked off color in the series with the ball, coming back into one-day cricket after a long hiatus due to injuries. One thing is for sure that he will improve and get into top form as the series goes on. South Africa will be looking towards him to do something special with the ball.
For Australia, Steven Smith is the one guy the team would be looking for inspiration with the bat as the visitors face an uphill battle to stay alive in the series. He has looked scratchy in the first two games but can turn it around with a big batting performance in a crunch game.
Possible XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Rilee Rossouw, Faf du Plessis (c), JP Duminy, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dale Steyn, Farhaan Behardien, Wayne Parnell, Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada.
Possible XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steve Smith (c), George Bailey, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade (wk), John Hastings, Adam Zampa, Scott Boland, Chris Tremain.