Palmerbet Sports Team dishes out the cricket tips ahead of Australia’s must-win ODI showdown with South Africa.
14:20 (AEDT), Fri 9th Nov @ Adelaide Oval
History: Played 97: Australia 47 V South Africa 46 (3 Ties, 1 No Result)
Last meeting: November 4, 2018: South Africa d Australia by 6 wickets at Perth Stadium
Final Thoughts: Australian cricket is at one of its lowest ebbs – and the ODI side has a tough task on its hands turning the nation’s struggles in all three formats around with in-form South Africa on tour.
The Proteas romped to a six-wicket win with 20 overs to spare in Perth on Sunday. Australia’s top order crumbled as they were bowled out for 152. Wicket-keeper Alex Carey (33) and No.9 Nathan Coulter-Nile (34) were the only batsmen to offer any resistance.
A breezy start from South African openers Quinton de Kock (47) and Reeza Hendricks (44) made chasing down the meagre target a fait accompli. Marcus Stonis’ efforts with the ball (3/16) were a rare highlight for the Aussies.
The series-opening thrashing comes on the back of Australia’s disastrous Test and T20I efforts against Pakistan in the UAE.
Meanwhile, Australia have won just two of their last 19 completed ODIs. India and England took them to the cleaners last summer, before England swept a home series 5-0 in June. It’s a disturbing trend ahead of a World Cup year.
South Africa have won seven of their last nine one-dayers, beating Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in recent series.
South Africa are on a six-match ODI winning streak against Australia, having swept a home series in late-2016. Australia won the last series on their home soil – back in late-2014 – by a 4-1 margin.
It’s no secret Australia are missing the world-class consistency and game-turning ability of Steve Smith and David Warner. It has to be up to the experienced likes of Aaron Finch and Glenn Mawwell to step up, allowing relative newcomers D’Arcy Short, Chris Lynn, Travis Head and Stoinis to flourish.
Finch and de Kock are the best options in the Top Batsman markets, but South Africa are stronger value in the head-to-head stakes as slight outsiders.