South Africa and Australia are all set to clash in the first of the three T20s starting tomorrow at Adelaide. Both squads have a lot of new faces and it’ll be a great opportunity for them to show their capability on the big stage. So let’s take a look at the previews of both the teams:
With Warner, Maxwell and Johnson missing out as they’ll return from the UAE tour on Tuesday, Australia still have a great cover for them for this series. Captain Aaron Finch will open with New South Wales Nic Maddinson, who impressed everyone with his innings of 34 off 16 balls against India in his international T20 debut. The return of fit Shane Watson will provide stability to both batting and bowling department. Cameron White will also be itching to do well to push his case for the World Cup squad. Ben Dunk, the Queensland wicket-keeper will make his debut tomorrow and will look to continue his good form he showed in the Matador One-Day Cup. Dunk’s performances in these T20s will make him a strong contender to take the wicket-keeping gloves in the ODIs after the World Cup.
Their Bowling department look pretty settled. Doug Bollinger will be the spearhead followed by Kane Richardson and Pat Cummins. With Johnson, Starc and Coulter-Nile sure for the World Cup, Bollinger, Richardson and Cummins will have a great chance to get into the World Cup squad if they perform well here. Faulkner and Cutting will be responsible for finishing, be it be with the bowl or the bat. All in All, their squad looks pretty settled and competitive in all departments.
Probable Playing XI:
Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Cameron White, Ben Dunk, Nathan Reardon, James Faulkner, Ben Cutting, Pat Cummins, Kane Richardson, Cameron Boyce, Doug Bollinger
In terms of exciting talent, South Africa also isn’t far behind. Quinton de Kock will have the right-handed batsman Reeza Hendricks as an opening partner this time. Hendricks has been one of the consistent scorers in the South Africa domestic circuit and will look to take full-advantage of this opportunity. As du Plessis and de Villiers are rested, JP Duminy will lead South Africa for the first time in international circuit. He’ll have an important role to play at number 3 as well as in setting the fields. With Miller and Rossouw at 4 and 5, their middle-order looks well set to chase or set any target.
In the absence of Dale Steyn, the bowling department will be lead by Kyle Abbott and well accompanied by de Lange, Parnell and McLaren. This will be a great chance for de Lange to push his case for the World Cup. Imran Tahir will lead the spin attack and his wrist-spin will come in handy on Australia’s big grounds.
Probable Playing XI:
Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, JP Duminy, David Miller, Rilee Rossouw, Farhaan Behardien, Ryan McLaren, Wayne Parnell, Kyle Abbott, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir.
Time (IST): 02:05 P.M
Prediciton: Overall, I expect a tight battle between the two and with Australia having the home advantage, I expect them to go the distance tomorrow.
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