After three gruelling battles at Perth and Canberra, the Australia vs South Africa ODI series bandwagon moves to Melbourne for the fourth ODI tomorrow. The hosts have an edge over the Proteas after the 73 run victory in the third ODI at Canberra after the series was levelled 1-1 after the first two ODIs at Perth.
Australia will look to put the final nail on the coffin and take the series 3-1 with a match still to go on Sunday. The Aussies are hungry for success ahead of long summer that includes the 4 match Test series against India followed by the 2015 ICC World Cup and the Ashes in England. Having rested their pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson for the last three ODIs, Australia have drafted in Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc. Starc shone with the ball in the last ODI along with Josh Hazlewood, who is having a remarkable series till now. It is likely that Cummins will replace Kane Richardson in the playing XI with Mitchell Marsh paving way for Glenn Maxwell.
South Africa on the other hand will look to bounce back and strike hard at the Aussies, like how they did in the second ODI at Perth. Their go-to players are not in their best of forms and they need to rediscover themselves ahead of the clash at MCG. Opener Quinton de Kock and batsman Faf du Plessis hardly contributed to the team and the same can be said of the pace man Dale Steyn. Skipper AB de Villiers has been in fine form and led the team from the front. Hashim Amla looked in great touch in the third ODI where he scored a century. He will look to continue his good form in the reminder of the series. Imran Tahir is all set to miss the fourth ODI due to a knee injury. Robin Peterson is all set to replace him.
Australia Playing XI:
David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, George Bailey, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Xavier Doherty.
South Africa Playing XI:
Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers, Farhaan Behardian, David Miller, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, and Kyle Abbott.