SA v Australia 2020: ODI Series Preview

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The T20I series that preceded these three ODIs was a tightly-contested affair. South Africa and Australia now move onto the intermediate format of the international game, which will also serve as good preparation for their participation in the T20 World Cup later this year.

Their has been some movement in the squad news for both sides, while their schedule is lined with fixtures at some of South Africa‘s smaller cricket stadiums. Our South Africa vs Australia ODI series preview has all the information you require.


South Africa vs Australia ODI Schedule

The last time Australia were in South Africa for bilateral ODI series was in 2017, when the hosts won five-nil. Not one of the venues used then will be used for this series three years later.

1st ODI: Saturday, 29 February 2020

Venue: Boland Park, Paarl

Start time: 16:30 (IST) and 11:00 (GMT)

2nd ODI: Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Venue: Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein

Start time: 16:30 (IST) and 11:00 (GMT)

3rd ODI: Saturday, 7 March 2020

Venue: Senwes Park, Potchefstroom

Start time: 13:30 (IST) and 8:00 (GMT)

February 29, 2020
Boland Park, Paarl
Match over
South Africa


South Africa vs Australia 2020 – ODI Squads

South Africa have named Test spinner Keshav Maharaj in the squad. They have retained the uncapped Kyle Verreynne and Janneman Malan, who were in the squad for the recent ODI series against England but did not play. All-rounder Jon-Jon Smuts has also been kept in the squad. Batsman Temba Bavuma has been selected despite a hamstring injury. Wicketkeeper-batsman Heinrich Klaasen has recovered from a hip injury to be named in the squad. Batsman Rassie van der Dussen, all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius and former captain Faf du Plessis have been rested. The squad also features left-arm seamer Beuran Hendricks.

Pat Cummins Australia vs West Indies 2019

Australia are still without all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, who has been sidelined by elbow surgery. Batsman Marcus Stoinis is not in the squad despite being named Player of the Tournament after the recently-concluded 2019-20 Big Bash League in Australia. Seamer Jhye Richardson has belatedly been added to the squad. Fast bowler Josh Hazlewood will offer good support to fellow seamers Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins. The South African-born Marnus Labuschagne should get the opportunity to impress against his country of birth.

South Africa vs Australia ODI Squads

South Africa Australia
Quinton de Kock (captain) Aaron Finch (captain)
Temba Bavuma Pat Cummins
Beuran Hendricks Ashton Agar
Heinrich Klaasen Alex Carey
Keshav Maharaj Josh Hazlewood
Janneman Malan Marnus Labuschagne
David Miller Mitchell Marsh
Lungi Ngidi Kane Richardson
Anrich Nortje D’Arcy Short
Andile Phehlukwayo Steven Smith
Kagiso Rabada Mitchell Starc
Tabraiz Shamsi Matthew Wade
Lutho Sipamla David Warner
Jon-Jon Smuts Adam Zampa
Kyle Verreynne Jhye Richardson

South Africa vs Australia 2020  – ODI Series Preview, Latest Odds and Predictions

South Africa and Australia are priced at 3.20 and 1.33, respectively, by bet365 to win this three-match series. The teams sized each other up nicely during the recent T20Is – and will look to capitalise on what they learnt during these three ODIs. An Australian three-nil whitewash over South Africa is priced at 3.00, while the chances of South Africa sweeping the Aussies by the same margin is at 13.00.

For the Proteas, Quinton de Kock is a good pick to be the Player of the Series. The hard-hitting left-hander is evidently flourishing with the addition of the captaincy. Some schools of thought suggested the extra responsibility would limit him. This isn’t really proving the case. He boasts two ODI tons against the Aussies – and a third isn’t necessarily unlikely this series.

On a bowling front, opportunity really knocks for Tabraiz Shamsi. The wrist-spinner has emerged from the shadow of Imran Tahir, who has retired from ODI cricket. Shamsi is a popular choice to be South Africa’s top bowler in cricket predictions. He’ll possibly play all three matches on pitches that take a bit more turn than at, say, Newlands, Kingsmead or the Wanderers.

For Australia, David Warner and Steven Smith are on somewhat of a redemption mission. Last time they were in South Africa, in 2018, they were both had for ball-tampering. During the 2016 ODI series, Warner and Smith were Australia’s leading run-scorers despite the five-nil series whitewash. Warner scored more than double the number of runs than Smith at the time. This time, they’re in position for more of the same.

The tourists’ decision to added Jhye Richardson to the squad is a good one. The bowling resources will be well challenged against determined home opposition. Jhye and his surname-sake Kane Richardson are popular in free cricket betting tips to be Australia’s top bowlers.


South Africa vs Australia 2020 - FAQs

🥇 Have Australia ever played an ODI at Boland Park?

No. Australia have played ODI cricket at several other South African grounds, but late February 2020’s series opener will be their first at Boland Park in Paarl.

⚡ How can I bet on South Africa vs Australia in cricket?

There are many options, the best of which are online. Register an account with one of the best cricket bookmakers via their website – and search for their South Africa vs Australia ODI markets.

🥇 Will South Africa and Australia play each other at the T20 World Cup

South Africa and Australia are not in the same group for the 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia. They might play each other in the semi-finals or final, though.

⚡ Is it a good idea to bet on South Africa?

South Africa are a team in transition, with new head coach Mark Boucher and new captain Quinton de Kock. They have big match temperament often, but are also prone to choking on occasion, especially at major ICC tournaments. This can make them quite volatile among popular cricket betting markets.

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