The match between England and South Africa in the Cricket World Cup on Friday (09:30 BST). is an absolutely huge one for all involved
England have suffered a very tricky start to this tournament and look to be way off their best. A defeat to Afghanistan in their last match was well deserved.
South Africa also suffered a big shock when going down to the Netherlands in their last match. It was the first time since 2015 that an associate nation defeated a test nation in a one day international.
England vs South Africa Betting Tips
England qualification on the ropes
Both countries will have been reeling in camp after their shock defeats in the last week.
South Africa probably would’ve been in more shock than England. The Proteas were looking in pretty decent nick and 100% before they encountered the part-time Netherlands side. They shouldn’t have been complacent as the Dutch beat them in the T20 World Cup, but they had the game taken away from them at key points by some excellent, attacking Dutch cricket.
England have laboured for most of this tournament, and the warm-up matches as well. Their defeat to Afghanistan could have been seen coming, and in a way, that is more concerning. Afghanistan are also, arguably, a better side than the Netherlands though, so there is also context to say that England’s defeat wasn’t as bad as the South Africans, especially in these conditions.
However, South Africa having that shock to their system could play to their advantage here as it will renew their focus on this match and getting a win which would be huge for qualification.
Aiden Markram is a bit of a hit-or-miss batsman, as seen in this tournament, but his price to be top batsman is out of line with the other higher middle-order batsmen in the match and is worth a bet on that basis.
England vs South Africa team news
Both sides have named their 15 man squads for the Cricket World Cup. Here are the details of the players who will line up on Saturday:
England: Jos Buttler (captain), Moeen Ali, Gus Atkinson, Jonny Bairstow, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes.
South Africa:Temba Bavuma (c), Gerald Coetzee, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Lizaad Williams.