By News Team
3rd February 2020
There’s no time to rest for England as following their 3-1 Test series win against South Africa, attention now turns to the three-match ODI series with the Proteas, which gets under way on Tuesday. Ahead of the first clash at Newlands, we preview some of the key bets to keep an eye on.
World champions back to business
July 14, 2019 is a date that will live forever in the memories of England cricket fans. Ben Stokes’ heroics; the most dramatic of super overs; Jos Buttler’s removing of the bails to make history and crown England as world champions.
Nearly seven months on and England’s ODI team are set to play their first official match since that triumphant afternoon at Lord’s as they come up against South Africa on Tuesday.
After reaching the zenith of the ODI game, will England let their standards slip when they step out at Newlands? Or will they pick up where they left off?
While Chris Silverwood’s side will be without the rested Stokes and Buttler, as well as the injured Jofra Archer, who was due to be given a break anyway, they should have enough talent at their disposal to ensure it will be a first successful ODI match as world champions and so should be backed to win at 8/15. South Africa, meanwhile, are 6/4 for the victory.
With a number of England’s Test squad featuring here, confidence will be high following last month’s series win, while South Africa come into this following a miserable World Cup showing last summer, which saw them finish seventh out of 10 and fail to make the knockout stages.
Roy of the rovers
One of England’s main weapons in this series will be Jason Roy who, when at his best in the white ball game, can be near to unstoppable. This will be Roy’s first official match in an England shirt since his failed audition as a Test starter in the Ashes last year and the 29-year-old will be eager to put that disappointment behind him with a star ODI turn in South Africa.
Roy should come into this one full of confidence, having hit 104 runs off 99 balls in England’s warm-up victory over a South Africa Invitation XI, and so backing him to finish up as England’s best batsman of the match at 10/3 looks like it could be a smart move. Roy is also 5/6 to hit more than 32.5 runs.
Lining up alongside Roy at the top of the England order should be Jonny Bairstow, who also comes into this clash off the back of a century, having hit 100 runs off 83 balls in Sunday’s defeat to a second South Africa Invitation XI. Those two have an immense record opening for England together so back the tourists to also have the highest opening partnership on Tuesday at 8/11.