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Cricket World Cup: Australia v South Africa preview

Australia take on South Africa on Thursday and after losing their opening game of the World Cup, they desperately need to bounce back.

It is still very early days in the tournament, but after losing the opener against India by six wickets, they cannot afford to start with back-to-back defeats.

They can be backed at 6.50 to win the World Cup, and a win over South Africa would get the ball rolling.

South Africa began their tournament with a win over Sri Lanka and after beating Australia in the last three One Day Internationals, should be in a bullish mood heading into the game.

Not only that, they just set a World Cup record when demolishing Sri Lanka by 102 runs.

It is a massive game for the Aussies, who already face one or two dilemmas. Let’s take a look at the match-up heading into the match.

WhatAustralia v South Africa
WhereEkana Sports City, Lucknow
When18:30 (AEST) Thursday 12th October 2023
How to watch9Now, Kayo Sports
OddsAustralia 1.66, South Africa 2.20

Recent head-to-head meetings

Australia and South Africa have met each other as recently as September when going head-to-head in white-ball cricket.

And it was the Proteas that came out on top on home soil when winning the five-match ODI series 3-2.

Australia got off to a great start and lead the series 2-0, however South Africa came back to win the next three matches by 111, 164 and 122 runs respectively.

The conditions in India will of course be much different, and this is the World Cup, but still the wins should give South Africa plenty of confidence heading into the match.

Team news

It remains to be seen if Australia will tinker with the side that slipped to defeat against India in the opening match.

Question marks have been raised over the spin bowling within the side after Adam Zampa and Glenn Maxwell failed to take a wicket against India.

Zampa in particular was expensive, but the Aussies are not blessed with options heading into the second match.

Ashton Agar remains on the sidelines through injury, and although Tanveer Sangha is with the squad in India, he is unlikely to start against South Africa.

At least the pace attack was strong for Australia, with Josh Hazlewood the star when taking 3-38 against India.

Hazlewood is priced at 4.75 to be Australia’s Team – Top Bowler against South Africa.

David Warner remains in good touch and scored 41 runs against India, but it was Steve Smith who top-scored with 46 runs.

Smith is 4.00 to be Team – Top Batter, with Warner also available at 4.00.

Proteas break World Cup record

South Africa will be sticking with the same side that beat Sri Lanka by 102 runs and set a new World Cup record in the process.

The Proteas made 428-5 off their 50 overs with three batsmen all making centuries.

Opener Quinton de Kock made 100, before Rassie van der Dussen and Aiden Markram made 108 and 106 runs respectively.

Markram’s knock came off just 54 deliveries.

De Kock is priced at 4.33 to be South Africa’s Team – Top Batter, with Van der Dussen 4.75 and Markram 5.00.

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