- South Africa v England
- One-Day International Series (Game Three of Three)
- Wednesday February 1, 2023 (11am UK)
- The Oval, Kimberley
Amidst all of the special cricket England’s Test and T20 teams have been playing over the last few weeks, the 50-over side has endured a bit of a nightmare.
They have gone four bilateral series, dating back to July, without a victory. They have lost to India at home and Australia and South Africa away, also drawing against South Africa at home.
Of late, it seems to have been a format which has lacked priority for England compared to Tests and T20s.
Look at Joe Root’s situation as an example. He is not in South Africa, instead allowed to play some T20 domestic cricket with the Dubai Capitals in the UAE before travelling to New Zealand for the upcoming Test series.
In the ODI squad, there are a number of names who you wouldn’t have in a first choice World Cup squad. South Africa have given this series their full attention, meanwhile, and have deservedly won.
Saying that, I can see England winning the final fixture. And they are 3/4 with BetUK.
I can’t deny, these kind of games are hard to predict, not knowing exactly who will be rested and who won’t with the series already decided. South Africa wicketkeeper batter Quinton de Kock took a blow on the thumb whilst keeping yesterday. Even though he was cleared of any break and batted, does he really need to play in this clash?
I expect England to have a bit more skin in the game. They certainly will not want to head home on the back of a 3-0 defeat.
I would also be keen on the 6/5 Bet365 are offering on England to win the match and hit the most sixes in the match.
In the opening two games, in terms of most sixes hit, both teams have won this market once apiece. More often than not, you would have the visitors winning the most sixes market.
Archer and Salt to come in and shine
I suggested some success for Jofra Archer in game two after a rusty performance in the series opener, and he was rested. Surely, with the need for overs and game time following injury, he comes back in for this clash.
Bet365 have the big Bajan quick at 6/5 to over 1.5 wickets in this ODI, a price I would be taking. He was expensive in Friday’s first game before coming back well at the death, and he should be better this time.
I’m going to take a bit of a flyer here and suggest that Phil Salt, despite not playing in the opening two fixtures, will come in and have a good day.
I can see him replacing Dawid Malan at the top of the order, with the left-hander dropping down a place or two to fill a gap for someone being rested. Harry Brook and Ben Duckett are prime candidates with the Test series in New Zealand to come.
Salt is a best price of 4/1 with Paddy Power to top score in this fixture, too good a price on an opener who is used to South African conditions having scored two fifties in five innings in the recent SAT20 competition for Pretoria.
In nine ODI innings, Lancashire’s Salt has only failed to reach double figures once, and he averages 45.11 with scores of 60, 122, 77 and 49 under his belt.
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.
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