Lucknow pitch relaid
Australia v South Africa
Thursday 12 October, 09:30
TV: Live on Sky Sports
Australia v South Africa World Cup team news
Australia could find room for Marcus Stoinis if he has recovered from a hamstring problem. Cameron Green's place is the one under threat. Alex Carey's form is also in focus but it would be a surprise if the Aussies panicked about their keeper at such an early stage. Josh Inglis stands by.
Probable XI: Warner, M Marsh, Smith, Labuschagne, Maxwell, Carey, Stoinis/Green, Cummins, Starc, Zampa, Hazlewood
South Africa will eye the Lucknow surface carefully. If they think it is a turner then Tabraiz Shamsi may come in for a pace bowler. Lungi Ngidi may have to sit this one out with Gerald Coetzee in fine form with the ball and his batting superior.
Their batting power was highlighted posting 428 against Sri Lanka but so too their lack of bowling economy. They have a worse rate than any side in the tournament in the last two years.
Possible XI: Bavuma, De Kock, van der Dussen, Markram, Klaasen, Miller, Jansen, Coetzee, Maharaj, Rabada, Shamsi
Australia v South Africa World Cup pitch report
The Lucknow pitch has been re-laid after slow, stedy surfaces made batting tricky. Who knows what we're going to get? Presumably a surface which offers a better contest between bat and ball. We have to wait and see but South Africa's pricey bowling will keep us interested in an overs play on the Aussie par line.
Australia v South Africa World Cup match odds
These two met in an ODI series just before the World Cup with South Africa coming from 2-0 down to win. Australia are rated as 1.728/11 favourites with South Africa 2.3811/8. Those prices are consistent with the ODI series.
We suspect South Africa have been underrated but would much prefer if they were to bat first. If so they can flip the odds. Don't rule out Australia chasing a big total, though because of wayward Saffer bowling.
Australia v South Africa World Cup player bets
Heinrich Klaasen wins at a rate of 25% so the 11/26.50 that he top scores for South Africa is of interest. We'll side with David Warner for the Aussies at a boosted 10/34.33 with Sportsbook. Warner is winning 34% of the time.
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