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Australia looks to rebound against familiar foes. The Republic of South Africa

Australia looks to rebound against familiar foes. The Republic of South Africa

The match between old rivals Australia and South Africa looms as a pivotal clash, with the race for a semi-final berth at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup already looking like it will go down to the wire.

Date and location: Thursday, October 12, BRSABVE Cricket Stadium, Lucknow

Summary
In their tournament debut, Australia were defeated by India by six wickets. The five-time champions will be looking to make amends against a South Africa side that broke a slew of records on their way to a 102-run victory over Sri Lanka in their first appearance at the tournament.

The opponents recently completed a five-match One-Day International (ODI) series in South Africa. The series was won by the Proteas 3-2.

The match will be decided by the battle between Australia’s fast bowlers and South Africa’s top order. Both teams will be hoping to gain an advantage in this area of the game by performing well.

Squad

Australia: Pat Cummins (c), Steve Smith, Alex Carey, Josh Inglis, Sean Abbott, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitch Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc.

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.

Australia’s Key Players: Mitchell Starc
During Australia’s first match of the tournament, the experienced left-armer took just one wicket. In the first over of the match, he dismissed India opener Ishan Kishan.

Given South Africa’s strong batting lineup, early breakthroughs will be critical for Australia in this match, and Starc will be hoping to get some swing from the wicket and make inroads.

Aiden Markram from South Africa
The right-hander looked in excellent form when he smashed the fastest century in Men’s Cricket World Cup history against Sri Lanka, and he will undoubtedly be the prized wicket that the Australians will be chasing.

Markram reached his century with a huge six off Dilshan Madushanka, reaching the milestone in 49 deliveries, one delivery faster than Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien against England in 2011.

The South African No.4 is more than capable of adapting his playing style to the various conditions he encounters. He’ll be looking for another big score.

 

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