Date & Time: Saturday, July 06, 18:00 IST
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester, England
Chance for Australia to fine tune things
In what was expected to be a match which might determine the fate of the semifinals before the start of the tournament, now turns out to be dead rubber. South Africa had one of the toughest World Cup journeys ever. Meanwhile, Australia, as usual, turned up at their best for World Cup 2019 thanks to their consistent performances from top order and the Mitchell Starc phenomenon.
Glenn Maxwell had an injury scare ahead of the match and if he’s not available, then Peter Handscomb, who replaced Shaun Marsh in the squad, could play a part. South Africa is not expected to change their team today.
There is a slight chance for drizzle in the morning but since the match is scheduled to start in the afternoon, there might not be any delays. Old Trafford has been high scoring so far, with both spin and pace playing an equally important role.
He has definitely upped his game by adding a cautious approach early in the innings. He was not the Warner we used to see from the past, but his new approach has brought more consistency to his game. He is the third leading run scorer in the tournament with 516 runs from eight matches. Also, he has a phenomenal record against South African bowlers in ODI cricket recently.
The Aussie speed star is in immaculate form in the tournament by leading the wickets charts. There seems to be no one stopping him with the way he is bowling which makes him a must have bowler in the Dream11 cricket team for today’s match. Adding to his present form, he also has a decent record against Kiwi batsmen in the last few encounters.
Rassie van der Dussen
He has been a very consistent run-scorer for South Africa in the tournament irrespective of the way the team has performed. He once again holds the key with his uncanny ability to play smart cricket in the middle overs, especially against Australia, who are not being at their best in the middle overs since Pat Cummins has not been amongst the wickets in the recent games.