ENG vs. SA 3rd ODI Preview
August 31, 2012 in Uncategorized
South Africa take on England at the Oval today in the 3rd ODI match of the 5 match series, two of South Africa’s ODI batsmen, Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla scored centuries against England at this very ground in the first match of the test series, the latter scoring a South African best of 311 but don’t expect matters to be as breezy as it was then.
Alastair Cook, who was appointed the Test Captain of England after Andrew Strauss announced his retirement is now captain of all forms of cricket for England, something that has rarely been seen in English cricket. Should South Africa win this match it would put them in a position where it would be impossible to lose this series or their number 1 ranking.
Having said that, you would think the majority of the pressure remains on Cook and his team to get back in the series, physiologically South Africa should have the upper hand, and if England’s tormentor Hashim Amla continues on his marry way, we could see England suffer another big loss, This is the time when eyebrows will be raised about Kevin Pietersen not being in the England team, regardless expect this contest to be a much tighter affair.
Under the spotlight:
Cook has now been appointed as Test captain for the England side, which makes him captain in all formats of the game. A heavy 80 run lose to South Africa in the second ODI and a long with it a Duck for Cook at the top of the order has put pressure on him to perform personally and to show English supporters that he is indeed the right man to captain the test team. He will be under major pressure to lead his team to a win.
Has been under pressure for not performing with the bat, looked good in the second ODI until he drove Robin Peterson straight to a cover fielder for 16. with Jonny Bairstow waiting in the wings and having put on excellent performances in the test series, Bopara will need to show his worth and put on a good score, surely the time is now?
Played sensibly in Southampton for his 15, looked solid and confident until a beauty from Swann made its way through to his stumps, no Swann for this match and Elgar will be looking to push hard.
Currently ranked the best ODI bowler on the planet, Tsotsobe only took the one wicket (the big one of Cook) in Southampton and had the second highest strike rate of the quick’s. He’ll be looking to put in a bowling display that most no he can.
England: 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Ian Bell, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Ravi Bopara, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Craig Kieswetter (wk), 7 Samit Patel, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 James Tredwell, 10 James Anderson, 11 Steve Finn.
South Africa: 1 Graeme Smith, 2 Hashim Amla, 3 JP Duminy, 4 Dean Elgar, 5 AB de Villiers (capt, wk), 6 Faf du Plessis, 7 Wayne Parnell, 8 Ryan McLaren, 9 Robin Peterson, 10 Morne Morkel, 11 Lonwabo Tsotsobe.