|South Africa vs. Australia 2014|
||vs|| South Africa
ScheduleFriday, 14 November 2014 at 03:20 GMT / 03:20 UK / 08:50 IST
VenueWestern Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth
Team Australia has their tails up after defeating South Africa in the three T20 series at 2-1 and will anticipate winning the forthcoming five One Day Internationals as well. The power packed Proteas will not take it easy and will be fighting hard to take a clear lead with a fighting spirit. Both teams have taken part in 83 games, the Kangaroos have grabbed 42, lost 38 and three of them ended as tied. The Aussies beat Pakistan 3-0 in their previous ODI away series whereas South Africa clinched three match series against the Kiwis 2-0 that was held in New Zealand.
The regular Australian captain, Michael Clarke, will take over the captaincy from George Bailey who led his side successfully in the limited overs games vs. Pakistan. Steven Smith was their highest run maker with 190 at an excellent average of 63.33 including one century and a fifty while David Warner batted reasonably well. Michael Clarke, George Bailey, Aaron Finch, David Warner and Shane Watson will form a strong batting unit. Glenn Maxwell has established himself as a fine all-rounder while their bowling department will revolve around Mitchell Johnson, Kane Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Josh Hazlewood.
Jean- Paul Duminy has been ruled out of the ODI series because of the knee injury. Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock scored most of the runs against New Zealand while Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Farhaan Behardien and Rilee Rossouw are solid batsmen. The Proteas have a lethal bowling unit comprising Dale Steyn, Morns Morkel, Vernon Philander, Kyle Abbott, Wayne Parnell and Imran Tahir.
Friday, November 14, 2014 @ 03:20 GMT, 11:20 local at Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth. The venue was established in 1890, has a capacity of 22,000 which can be extended to 24,500 if required and has a facility of night cricket. It has hosted 70 ODIs, the home side has won most of them while the team batting first has grabbed 36, the one batting last was successful on 33 occasions and one game ended without any result.
A bright and sunny day with the temperatures around 13-25ᵒC.
Michael Clarke will opt to bat while AB de Villiers possibly will go the opposite way after winning the toss.
The green top wicket will assist the pacers initially but it has sufficient runs for the batsmen.
Australia – Michael Clarke (C), George Bailey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Shane Watson.
South Africa – AB de Villiers (C), Hashim Amla, Kyle Abbott, Quinton de Kock, Farhaan Behardien, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn, Marchant de Lange.
Australia will be the favourite to win the opener.