The Champions Trophy is just around the corner. It is a good chance for both the teams to analyse their current strengths and weaknesses.
South Africa is currently Ranked No. 1 in ODI format. They are in excellent form. They have won last 7 bilateral series.
DeVilliers is very confident for the series as well as Champions Trophy. He feels that SA is a best squad one could have.
Both the teams have exceptionally good squad.
Coming to England, their batting lineup is one of the best in the world. Their bowling is also strengthened by the return of Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes.
Both the teams will work hard to win the series to boost up their confidence for Champions Trophy.
Scoring Pattern :
First inning scores of last 5 ODI played at LEEDS have been (1-2 denotes match won by side batting first or second)
252/2 , 299/2 , 294/1 , 309/1 , 294/2
The average first team total is 290.
England – 1 Jason Roy, 2 Alex Hales, 3 Joe Root, 4 Eoin Morgan (capt), 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Jos Buttler, 7 Moeen Ali/Adil Rashid, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 David Willey, 10 Liam Plunkett, 11 Mark Wood
South Africa – 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Faf du Plessis, 4 AB de Villiers (capt), 5 JP Duminy, 6 David Miller, 7 Andile Phehlukwayo/Wayne Parnell, 8 Chris Morris, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Morne Morkel, 11 Imran Tahir
Watch Out For :
Eon Morgan : Excellent leader who is just 18 runs short to become England’s third highest scorer in ODI. He is a very good hitter of the ball. He is a captain who leads from the front.
AB De Villiers : Mr 360 who is the most loveable player in the world will be the player to watch for in SA squad. He is a versatile player who can do everything. He is known as superman of cricket. His form is vital for the team to win the series against England.
Last 5 Completed Matches –
SA – WLWLW
England – WWWWW
Stats And Trivia
* This will be the first international match at Headingley since the ground’s future was secured by an agreement with Leeds City Council to fund a new Football Stand.
* South Africa have lost all three of their one-day internationals in Leeds.
* Morgan needs 18 runs to overtake Alec Stewart and become England’s third-highest run-scorer in ODIs.
* Amla is 120 runs short of 7000 in ODIs. He has 13 innings in which to get there ahead of Virat Kohli and continue his record of being fastest to 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000 and 6000.