AUSTRALIA V SOUTH AFRICA: T20 MATCH PREVIEW

November 17th, 7:40pm AEDT, Metricon Stadium

Match Overview

After going down 2-1 in a hard-fought ODI series, Australia will be hoping to gain revenge on South Africa with victory in the one-off T20I at Metricon Stadium on Saturday night.

After impressing in a tri-series against England and New Zealand last summer, Australia’s T20 outfit has seen their from trail off with only four wins from their last ten matches and three of those were against relative minnows Zimbabwe and UAE. The hosts have of course lost opener David Warner, who skippered the Aussies to the tri-series trophy, to suspension, leaving the likes of Aaron Finch, Darcy Short and new vice-captain Alex Carey to pick up the slack. Their bowling attack has been boosted by the inclusion of fit-again swing bowler Jason Behrendorff, however Australia have chosen to rest premium quicks Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.

South Africa’s recent results in the shortest format of the game can be best described as mixed, with narrow series losses to India and Sri Lanka followed by a comprehensive victory over Zimbabwe. The visitors have retained the same squad that played in the ODIs, although veteran all-rounder Chris Morris and deceptive spinner Tabraiz Shamsi are much more likely to get a start in the XI, given their proficiency in 20-over cricket. With momentum gained from the ODI series win and the poor form of their opponents, the Proteas look an attractive price in this one.

Key Stats

*Australia have won only one of their past five T20Is.

*South Africa have won four of their last five T20Is when batting first.

*Across all formats, Australia have won only two of their past ten matches.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – South Africa at $2.04 or better for 1 unit.


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