South Africa will take on Australia in the first One-day international match to be played at Bloemfontein on 7th September 2023. Both teams announced their playing XI for this encounter. Mitchell Marsh would captain the side in the absence of Pat Cummins. It will be an ideal preparation for both teams before the ICC World Cup 2023.
It promises to be an exciting encounter between the top two quality teams. When Australia last visited for the ODI series on South African soil, it was a 0-3 loss whitewash in the 2019-20 tour of South Africa. Both teams would look to begin the series with a win and gain confidence in the World Cup 2023.
South Africa will see the return of key players and would strengthen the team looking to showcase their skills.
Details– Aus vs SA, 1st ODI
Venue– Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein
Date and Time– 7th September, 4.30 PM IST
The pitch at Mangaung Oval is a brilliant batting paradise. A total of 32 matches have been played at this venue with the team batting first won 14 times while the team batting second won a total of 16 times, 1 match ended in tie, and 1 match no-result.
The previous One-day international played at this venue was a high-scoring affair between England and South Africa this year. England posted a massive 342 for 7 in 50 overs thanks to good contributions by England batters especially Jos Buttler’s 94. In reply, South Africa chased this target with ease as Temba Bavuma scored a brilliant century.
It promises to be another superb batting pitch and the crowd could witness another high-scoring match. The captain that wins the toss would likely field first and then chase down the target.
Australia (Aus) vs South Africa (SA)- Playing XI
Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma (C), Rassie Van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klassen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Gerlad Coetzee, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada.
David Warner, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh (C), Cameron Green, Josh Inglis, Alex Carey, Marcus Stoinis, Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa.
Fantasy Team Selection- SA vs Aus
Team 1– Travis Head, Quinton de Kock (C), Mitchell Marsh (VC), Aiden Markram, Josh Inglis, David Miller, Marcus Stoinis, Keshav Maharaj, Sean Abbott, Kagiso Rabada, Josh Hazlewood.
Team 2– David Warner, Temba Bavuma (C), Cameron Green (VC), Rassie Van der Dussen, Alex Carey, Heinrich Klassen, Ashton Agar, Marco Jansen, Sean Abbott, Kagiso Rabada, Adam Zampa.