RSA vs Aus, 2nd ODI, Port Elizabeth - Preview
Rain did not help, but South Africa were caught very much on the hop by Australia in the first ODI at Centurion. After Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke stood up to some strong early bowling in a manner that allowed Duckworth-Lewis to work heavily in the tourists' favour, Doug Bollinger, Mitchell Johnson, Pat Cummins and Xavier Doherty had their way with the ball against some indifferent batting in greasy conditions.
Having had a six-month break from international cricket, South Africa will be better for the run and will not be making too many changes to the team. However they must win at St George's Park in order to stay in the series, being played over a tightly-squeezed three fixtures much as the Test series was chopped back to two matches by the financial weight of the Champions League Twenty20.
Australia, by contrast, will simply want to keep up the impressive momentum built first in Sri Lanka then added to in Pretoria. Clarke is marshalling a unit that gathers confidence with each match, so much so that the visitors did not seem too badly off without the injured duo of Shaun Marsh and Shane Watson in the first match. Their returns would only strengthen a team that has also been enthused by the rapid progress of the teenagers Pat Cummins and Mitchell Marsh.
South Africa vs Australia,2nd ODI Match – Preview
South Africa (From): Hashim Amla(c), Johan Botha, Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Graeme Smith, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Mark Boucher(w), Jacques Kallis, Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis, Dale Steyn
Australia (From): Michael Clarke(c), Cameron White, Shane Watson, Doug Bollinger, Pat Cummins, Brett Lee, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, James Pattinson, Steven Smith, David Warner, Xavier Doherty, Brad Haddin(w), Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson
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