the toss South Africa elected to bat vs England
South Africa won the toss and elected to bat in the first of three ODIs against England in Bloemfontein.
Jos Buttler announced a rotating XI full of notable inclusions. Harry Brook is building on a successful 2022 with a 50-over debut, his cap presented to him by former Yorkshire teammate David Willey, who also plays. Ben Duckett made his first appearance in this format since 2016. Dawid Malan will open the batting along with Jason Roy while Phil Salt has been ruled out due to illness.
It is in bowling that England’s biggest boost lies with the return of Jofra Archer after nearly two years out after elbow and lower back injuries. Like many of his teammates, he has been tuning in to the SA20s, with eight wickets in five matches for MI Cape Town and bowling at a decent pace.
Archer appears for the first time since March 2021 as a dual pace threat alongside franchise teammate Ollie Stone to complement Sam Curran, England’s recent T20 World Cup success and Willey’s twin left-arm all-round woes . As always, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid provide the spin.
Meanwhile, Temba Bavuma has picked what has been described as a “stock standard” South African side as they chase World Cup Super League points to earn automatic qualification for the men’s World Cup later this year in India. Huh. Right-arm seamer Sisanda Magala, who came in to rest Lungi Ngidi, has been recalled for his fourth ODI cap.
Otherwise, Janneman missed out on going with Malan Bavuma along with Quinton de Kock in the top order. Then comes an established core of Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller. Anrich Nortje, the standout pacer in the SA20 with 13 dismissals for Pretoria Capitals, leads the bowling attack alongside Kagiso Rabada.
England: 1. Jason Roy, 2. Dawid Malan, 3. Ben Duckett, 4. Harry Brook, 5. Jos Buttler (Captain & Wicketkeeper), 6. Moeen Ali, 7. Sam Curran, 8. Chris Woakes, 9. Jofra Archer, 10. Adil Rashid, 11. Olly Stone
South Africa: 1. Quinton de Kock (wk), 2. Temba Bavuma (c), 3. Rassie van der Dussen, 4. Aiden Markram, 5. Heinrich Klaasen, 6. David Miller, 7. Wayne Parnell, 8. Kagiso Rabada, 9. Sisanda Magla, 10. Tabraiz Shamsi, 11. Enrich Nortje