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Australia, South Africa Battle on Cricket Pitch to Keep Excitement Up

September 20
14:00 2016

saNew Delhi, Tuesday, September 20 – The joy spread by One Day International matches is unique in a lot of senses and this is the prime reason why viewers are elated most of the time when heavyweights are slated to fight in a sport where victory is logged through excellence of bat or ball or both. Australia tour of South Africa is going to let cricket fans enjoy much in the coming days given that five ODIs are to take place between these two countries.

Australia squad will have George Bailey, Scott Boland, Daniel Worrall, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, David Warner, John Hastings, Aaron Finch, Mitchell Marsh, Joe Mennie, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa and Chris Tremain. Steven Smith will lead the team. Challenges will be massive on Smith. Not to forget that he left Sri Lanka series midway last month. His step did not please many cricketers who questioned whether such decision was necessary to take instead of standing with his squad and making best efforts to let Australia shine in tough situation.

On the whole, the upcoming series is going to be quite exciting due to up and down form of Australian team in different formats. Problems still could be on the end of the host for the reason that Australia logged thumping win of 4-1 in ODI series against Sri Lanka in the captaincy of David Warner. South African team will look forward to doing great thanks to the guidance of AB de Villiers. The home side will eye not to give any room to the rivals to shine. Whoever picked in the Playing XI between Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, Kyle Abbott, Jean-Paul Duminy, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Faf du Plessis, Tabraiz Shamsi and Dale Steyn will focus on delivering some outstanding show that will decide team’s fate in the contest.

1st ODI will take place at SuperSport Park in Centurion on September 30, while New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg will host the second ODI. Besides this, Kingsmead in Durban, St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth and Newlands in Cape Town have been selected as the venues for third, fourth and fifth ODIs. If strength of South African cricket team is taken into consideration then first person who may leave a long-lasting impression will be AB de Villiers. The 32-year-old de Villiers has played 200 ODIs so far pocketing 8, 621 scores with a batting average of 54.56. 24 hundreds and 48 half-centuries are enough to speak about his brilliance. An innings of 162 is the top score by this brilliant player, who has the talent to win the match through astounding and unbelievable innings. He can bowl on some occasions too.

de Villiers is the game changer and the teams played against him are aware of his ability to make the difference all alone. Hashim Amla is a key player of South Africa, rising on more than a few occasions to impart major role in the success of the team. 23 centuries and 29 fifties by him in the ODI matches make his presence in the squad important. The best feature about this player is his way to keep the calm in tough situations, which can test patience of others. 159-run knock is the top score by this right-handed batsman.  Hopes will certainly be up from Quinton de Kock who has played 57 ODIs and scored 2,319 runs. The 23-year-old opening batsman and wicket-keeper of South Africa struck 10 tons and five fifties. 80 catches and three stumpings by him add to expectations.

Proteas will look forward to some classy show by Farhaan Behardien too as he being considered one of the aggressive right-handed batsmen who can contribute significant runs in the team’s total score. The 32-year-old has played 39 ODIs and seen as a useful bowler, who can produce opportunities by dismissing batsmen at a time when South African keenly need wickets. Being an athletic fielder, he is also able to stop the ball from going towards the boundary. Despite the fact that he hasn’t played so many matches till now, imperative knock or stint can improve records.

Kagiso Rabada has also emerged as one of the chief bowlers for Proteas in the recent past. The kind of performances he has put forward after his ODI debut last year against Bangladesh has made South Africa expect a lot in the near future. In 20 ODIs, he took 37 wickets. For one time, he achieved 5-wicket haul in this format. Even though not too many runs are pocketed by the young gun, he is able to stand on the crease as long as possible and let the key player carry on striking. People know very well what kind of performances can be kept by Kyle Abbott, David Miller, Chris Morris, JP Duminy, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Imran Tahir, Andile Phehlukwayo, right-handed batsman Faf du Plessis, Tabraiz Shamsi and Dale Steyn.

Australia will have to perform up to the mark to send Proteas on the back foot. Best part for them was surprising wins against Sri Lanka a few weeks ago. This wasn’t easy but holding the nerves helped them in the ODI matches and they flew back home with something to cheer. Since Aussies are to play in ODIs in opposition to the South African players only in 50-50 over matches, no surprises if they repeat the same old good show against the host. To cut a long story short, excitement is going to be at peak. Less than two-week time remains for both sides to do well. The more they practice in nets, the more skills are honed.

The support for de Villiers – led side is going to be good and no wonder if this works in favour of Proteas for the reason that words of praise and round of applause by the fans are adequate to boost morale and back players to give their input in taking the group on the path of success. Each game is of huge significance for both the hosts and guests. Everyone is familiar with the kind of potential housed by Australian players who can do their bit to turn things back on track. A good and confident play is the need of time. Rather than facing any defeat, both South Africa and Australia would wish to anyhow win the match which will be possible through some splendid contribution.

While on the other hand, focus of the host will be to stop visiting squad from attaining what they have thought while landing on their soil. Proteas will wish to see success in what they thought before coming on the crease and doing things according to plan. They would definitely love to put opponents in pressure as this is the chance to start the tournament with lead and maintaining the same to clinch the series. Change in bowling tactics, which may include line & length and speed, can be decisive. Not every time batsmen shine. Bowlers perfectly know their role and try to collapse batting of the opponents, giving them unpredicted jolt. Losing is not an option for both sides as this will let them fall in troublesome situation. No team would want to be left with the only option of landing in a do or die situation. But would that be the case or now will be an interesting point to observe.

A complete whitewash will be eyed but that is not going to be an easy task for any team. South Africa would like to let Australians feel the real pressure but that will be probable if foothold is gained right from the beginning. Nothing could be said for sure who is going to win the contest in cricket but the team that is desperate not to look back any further from this stage is undoubtedly going to have big chance of winning. The kind of pressure a player may feel can make him learn better and emerge as a strong sportsman. Overcoming unseen challenges can be the key to success. Eyes will be on South Africa and Australia’s approach in ODI series, which is to start soon. Besides them, people wait for action to start.

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