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AUSTRALIA VS SOUTH AFRICA: MATCH PREVIEW, T20

AUSTRALIA VS SOUTH AFRICA: MATCH PREVIEW, T20


Match details

Australia vs South Africa, one-off T20| South Africa tour ofAustralia, 2018

November 17, 2018

Carrara Oval, Queensland

Venue

The Carrara Oval on the Gold Coast in Queensland will become the latest international cricket venue in Australia when it hosts its flrst-ever international cricket match on Saturday, as the hosts take on South Africa in a one-off T20|.

Known commercially as the Metricon Stadium, the venue hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2018 Commonwealth Games and is primarily used for Australian rules football and is the home ground of the Gold Coast SUNS.

Preview

South Africa has enjoyed a fruitful tour Down Under with a 2-1 victory in the three-match ODI series followed by a 41-run victory in the T20 practice match against Cricket Australia XI on Wednesday, and they will be hoping to conclude the tour on a high with another win on Saturday.

Dale Steyn, who made a superb comeback during the ODI series, will not be featuring for the one-off T20I as he been released from the squad to play in the Cape Town Blitz's opening round of Mzansi Super League fixtures.

The Proteas do have plenty of options though in the pace department with Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Chris Morris and Lungi Ngidi to choose from.

Australia, on the other hand, head into the T20 contest on the back off a 3-0 whitewash suffered at the hands of Pakistan in UAE last month and will be keen to approach the upcoming T20 series against India with a win under their belt.

The odds are against the hosts though, with the Proteas having all the momentum and a team which is laden with players equipped to the shortest format of the game.



Probable playing XI

Australia

Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, D'Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile

South Africa

Faf du Plessis (c), Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks,Heinrich Klaasen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir


WK

Quinton de Kock might not have had the best of times with the bat in Australia but he has the potential to get some quick runs once he gets going.

As far as Alex Carey is concerned, though he has made a decent start in ODI cricket, his performances thus far in the shortest format of the game has been ordinary to say the least.

BAT

I am going in with two batsmen each from Australia and South Africa. The Man~of-the-Series in the 3match ODI series David Miller is in a rich vein of form and features alongside the destructive Heinrich Klaasen for the Proteas, while skipper Aaron Finch and T20 specialist Chris Lynn features for the hosts.

ALLROUNDER

Marcus Stoinis is an easy choice considering how important a player he has been for Australia recently with both bat and ball.

For my second choice, I have opted for South Africa’s Andile Phehlukwayo the 22-year-old allrounder who has been impressing the national selectors whenever he has been called up to the side.

BOWL

Like the choice of batsmen, I have opted for two players from each side in the bowling department as well. South Africa might be without Dale Steyn’s services for this match but Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi are more than enough to cause some serious damage with the new ball.

As far as Australia are concerned, they will be hoping that the duo of Nathan Coulter-Nile and Billy Stanlake can do the job of containing what looks like a strong batting unit for the visitors.

Captain & Vice captain: Marcus Stoinis and Kagiso Rabada


 Player to watch out for: Marcus Stoinis

Stoinis' performances in the ODI series showed why he has become such an integral component of the Australian side in the 50-over format and though his T20| record thus far is not that impressive, his recent form raises hope that he can fulfil his potential in the shortest format of the game as well.

He has been in good wicket-taking form off late and also showed his skill with the bat as well in the final

ODI against South Africa, which gave the hosts hope of an unlikely win.

He would be hoping that he can play a match-winning role this time around in the one-off T20 against Faf du Plessis' side and there’s no reason why he can’t do it.

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