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South Africa v Australia 5th ODI preview: Series on the line after hosts' revival

Australia and South Africa face a series decider at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Sunday after the hosts mounted an astonishing comeback to recover from a 2-0 series deficit.

Having swept the T20I series 3-0 and won the first two one-day internationals, the Baggy Greens looked certain to finish their tour in style, only to be stunned by the hosts finding their form, especially with the bat.

South Africa racked up 338-6 as they won the third ODI in Potchefstroom by 11 runs on Tuesday, before they smashed an amazing 416-5 at Centurion on Friday to level the series with a 164-run triumph.

Now Australia have to try and find a response and will have to do so without one of their star batters.

WhatSouth Africa v Australia, 5th ODI
WhereWanderers, Johannesburg
When18:00 (AEST), Sunday 17th September 2023
How to watchFoxtel , Kayo
OddsSouth Africa 2.00, Australia 1.80

Head injury a huge blow for Baggy Greens

Travis Head could face a race to be fit for the World Cup in India after suffering a fracture to a bone in his left hand in the fourth one-dayer, being struck by a short ball from Gerald Coetzee.

The left-hander will obviously be absent for the decider against the Proteas, with skipper Mitch Marsh expected to move up to open the batting, especially as he is unable to bowl due to a sore ankle.

And his selection options are limited by other injury problems, with left-arm quick Spencer Johnson sidelined by a hamstring injury, while all-rounder Ashton Agar has not returned to the fold due to a slight knock.

Some good news arrived with all-rounder Cameron Green being cleared to return after a concussion and he is likely to step back in, with the Aussie bowlers having taken some serious stick over the course of the last two games.

Prime amongst those who have struggled is leg-spinner Adam Zampa, who recorded the joint-worst figures in ODI history on Friday, as he conceded 113 from his ten wicketless overs.

He will surely be given a break on Sunday, with fellow leggie Tanveer Sangha the most likely spin option to take Zampa’s place, while Marnus Labuschagne will want to make the most of another opportunity to secure a World Cup spot.

The right-hander was left out of the initial tour party for South Africa, but was called up due to Steve Smith’s injury and he can be backed at 5.50 to be Team - Top Batter on Sunday.

Proteas also have fitness problems

South Africa’s turnaround in from has been even more impressive due to the fact that express paceman Anrich Nortje has missed the last two matches due to a back problem, while captain Temba Bavuma sat out the fourth ODI due to an adductor strain.

Bavuma hopes to return for the series decider, but should he miss out Aiden Markram will again lead the side, having done so in the massive victory at Centurion.

Markram made a superb unbeaten century in Potchefstroom, but that knock was eclipsed by the efforts of Heinrich Klaasen three days later.

The big right-hander bashed an astonishing 174 from a mere 83 deliveries, hitting 13 fours and 13 sixes and adding 222 for the fifth wicket with David Miller in less than 15 overs. 

Klaasen is available at 5.00 to be Team - Top Batter on Sunday, with Markram priced at 5.00.

Seamer Lungi Ngidi returned to the Proteas side to take 4-51 on Friday and he is 4.00 to be Team - Top Bowler at the Wanderers.

Past Wanderers record suggests Aussie win

These two sides have played seven previous one-day internationals at the Wanderers and the results of those matches seem to show a reliable pattern.

The record for the Aussies reads LWLWLWL, which appears to hint at the Baggy Greens taking the series decide on Sunday, which they are 1.80 to do.

However, having taken such a heavy battering in the last two games, it seems more likely that the hosts will complete their comeback and they are 2.00 to emerge victorious at the Wanderers on Sunday.

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