The Australian Cricket Team is all set to take on South Africa in a much-anticipated clash of the ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 2023 on Thursday, October 12 at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow. South Africa made a remarkable comeback to win the recent bilateral ODI series played between the two teams at home.
South Africa was trailing 2-0 after the first two ODI matches in the five-match series. They made a great comeback winning the remaining three to clinch the series 3-2. Overall as well, South Africa has an upper hand over Australia in ODI matches. They have won 54 out of the 108 matches played against each other, while Australia has won 50. Given the competitive rivalry between the two teams, the upcoming match promises to be an exciting contest.
Let’s take a look at three player battles for the Australia vs South Africa, ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 2023 Match:
ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: Key Player Battles for AUS vs SA
Quinton de Kock vs Josh Hazlewood
Quinton de Kock has a dismal record against Josh Hazlewood in One-Day Internationals. He has struggled against the Australian pacer on most occasions. In 13 innings, Quinton de Kock has smashed 98 runs off Josh Hazlewood’s bowling, including fifteen boundaries and a six at a strike rate of 67.6. He has been dismissed seven times in those 13 innings in ODI cricket by Hazlewood. The pacer will be beaming with confidence as he will be up against Quinton de Kock in the upcoming match.
Mitchell Marsh vs Kagiso Rabada
Mitchell Marsh had a dismal outing in Australia’s opening match of the ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 2023. He was dismissed for a duck by Jasprit Bumrah. Ahead of the second game, he will be hoping to put the failure behind him and make a fresh start. However, he will be up against Kagiso Rabada, who has troubled him in the past. Rabada has dismissed Marsh twice in four ODI matches, and six times overall in International cricket.
David Warner vs Lungi Ngidi
David Warner got a good start against India in their first match of the ICC ODI Cricket World Cup. He looked good at the crease scoring 41 runs off 52 deliveries, slamming six boundaries. However, he failed to convert the score into a big one. This year, Warner has slammed four fifties and a century. He will be hopeful of getting a big one against South Africa. But, he will have to put his best foot forward against Lungi Ngidi. The pacer has dismissed Warner thrice in four ODI matches, so far.