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South Africa v Australia 4th ODI preview: Australia must respond to first loss

Australia suffered the first defeat of the tour of South Africa when losing the third One-Day International on Tuesday and will be targeting an immediate response.

The Aussies dominated the T20I series and the two opening ODIs, but came crashing back down to earth at Senwes Park as South Africa romped to a 111-run victory.

Australia are treating it as a ‘slip-up’ and will not be reaching for the panic button, however, they will be very keen to bounce back.

South Africa could level the series at 2-2 with a victory and set up a winner-takes-all fifth ODI on Sunday and their confidence should have been given a boost.

However, Australia are still priced at 1.22 to win the series, with South Africa available at 4.33.

WhatSouth Africa v Australia, 4th ODI
WhereCenturion Park, Gauteng
When21:00 (AEST), Friday 15th September 2023
How to watchFoxtel , Kayo
OddsSouth Africa 2.20, Australia 1.66

Aussies left in a spin

Australia looked on course to chase down the 339 needed to win the third One Day International before suffering a dramatic middle-order collapse.

With David Warner and Mitch Marsh at the crease, the Baggy Greens were looking good at 140-1, before losing nine wickets for just 87 runs in less than 20 overs.

They were eventually all-out for 227 runs and the biggest concern will be the way the batting order struggled to cope with the South African spinners.

Of course, being able to play spin will be crucial to Australia’s chances of winning the World Cup in India and they will need to improve on Tuesday’s showing.

Marsh, Marnus Labuschagne and Marcus Stoinis were among the players to be dismissed by spin, with Tabraiz Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj taking a couple of wickets each.

Skipper Marsh was not too concerned when quizzed by the media, but says Australia will look to put it right in the fourth ODI.

David Warner top scored with 78 runs before he was bizarrely run-out, and he is priced at 4.50 to be the Team - Top Batter on Thursday.

Injury list a growing concern

Australia’s injury list continues to grow as Ashton Agar was forced to sit out the third ODI with soreness.

The spin bowler has been struggling with a calf injury and was not risked, and it now remains to be seen if he will figure in the next match.

Agar is also set to return to Australia for the birth of his first child, so his game-time is going to be limited heading into the World Cup.

Cameron Green has been missing through concussion and looks set to sit out the fourth ODI as well, although Marsh has hinted he could be back for the last match.

Glenn Maxwell (ankle), Pat Cummins (shoulder), Steve Smith (wrist) and Mitchell Starc (groin) all remain in the treatment room.

Spencer Johnson is nursing a hamstring complaint, but Australia are hopeful he will be fit enough to play in one of the remaining two matches.

Leggie Zampa set to return

Adam Zampa was rested for the last game but there is a good chance he will return.

Marsh revealed with so much cricket on the horizon, it was a good chance to give Zampa a rest and hand Tanveer Sangha his ODI debut.

Sangha took one wicket for 64 runs off his eight overs and is likely to make way for Zampa, who took four wickets in the second ODI.

Zampa can be backed at 4.33 to be Team - Top Bowler.

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