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Cricket: South Africa v Australia – Third ODI preview

Australia will be out to wrap up the One Day International series against South Africa when the two sides clash in the third match on Tuesday.

Fresh from wrapping up the T20 International series, Australia are now on course to do the same in the 50-over format.

Australia have won the opening two One Day Internationals with ease, and can now be backed at 1.05 to win the series.

The way they are playing, there is a good chance that will happen on Tuesday, unless South Africa can somehow turn the tide.

WhatSouth Africa v Australia - 3rd ODI
WhereSenwes Park, Potchefstroom
When21:00 (AEST) Tuesday 12th September, 2023
How to watchFoxtel, Kayo
OddsSouth Africa 2.30, Australia 1.61

Warner and Labuschagne shine

David Warner looks well on the way to cementing his place as one of Australia’s opening batsmen ahead of the World Cup after smashing 106 in the second ODI.

The Aussies wrapped up an impressive 123-run win and Warner was one of the stars of the show with his knock that came off 93 deliveries.

Warner became just the second Australian to notch 20 ODI centuries and will look to continue his fine form into the third match.

He was upstaged however by the performance of Marnus Labuschagne, who scored 124 runs off 99 deliveries.

It added to the 80 not-out he produced in the second match of the series after being called into the side to replace the injured Cameron Green.

Labuschagne can be backed at 4.75 to be the Team – Top Batter in the third match.

The batting line up is looking in good touch as Travis Head also chipped in with 64 runs, while Josh Inglis made 50.

Marsh salutes Aussie intent

Captain Mitch Marsh was delighted with the way the Australian batsmen went after the South African bowlers from the off.

And with the World Cup on the horizon, that approach does not look like changing. Neither does the top-order that sees Warner and Head opening the batting.

Marsh is currently batting at three with Labuschagne at four.

Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell are currently out of the side through injury, but so far Australia are doing just fine without them.

Tim David did disappoint with just one run, and will be hoping to get another chance to shine on Tuesday.

Neser added to ODI squad

Michael Neser has been added to the Australian squad for the remainder of the series following an injury to Spencer Johnson.

Johnson has picked up a hamstring injury, so the addition of Neser will fill the void and give them options with the pace attack.

Neser has two ODI caps to his name, but has plenty of experience in all formats of the game and is a strong addition to the squad.

Cameron Green also remains on the sidelines with concussion and will not feature in the third match.

It remains to be seen if Australia will make any changes to a bowling attack that impressed in the second ODI win.

Sean Abbott, Nathan Ellis and Aaron Hardie all took two wickets each, but it was spin bowler Adam Zampa who stole the limelight with four wickets.

Zampa can be backed at 3.75 to be the Team – Top Bowler in the third match.

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