BigMozzyDog Posted March 2, 2016 Share Posted March 2, 2016 4pts South Africa to win at 4/5 with Ladbrokes 2pts South Africa bowler at 10/3 with Paddy Power 2pts Duminy to be top SA batter at 8/1 with Ladbrokes Australia visit South Africa in search of a real test to adequately prepare themselves for the challenging month ahead, taking on one of the tournament favourites in their own back yard. Coming off the back of a tough test series against New Zealand, Smith will now be joined by a raft of short form specialist who have made their name in the ever-growing Big Bash. They will need to perform well after drubbing they received at the hands of India, where they were whitewashed in convincing fashion. The conditions in Durban will be more familiar however, so we should expect a close game. Australia play less T20 cricket than most countries, but South Africa on the on the other hand, play plenty of it. Successfully too. They come into this series after disposing of Eoin Morgan’s England with a two nil series win just a couple of weeks ago. There will be some serious firepower on show, with power hitters a plenty and talent throughout the batting line ups. For the Proteas, AB de Villiers is back to his scintillating best on the back of a 23-ball fifty in the series clinching victory over England. Even more heartening will be the majestic way Hashim Amla played in the same game. It has long been thought that the bearded one’s technique is perfectly suited to India, where his wristy elegance should perfectly match the lower bounce. South Africa also have potentially the biggest rising star on the planet at the moment in the form of Kagiso Rabada. The young pacer seems to have everything to become the best, and he will have the chance to learn from a modern day master. Dale Steyn is set to return to the international scene to partner the youngster with the new ball. There can be fewer more potent pair around. Especially as both can prodigiously reverse swing the white ball. Australia perhaps bat deeper, with players like Hastings, Coulter-Nile and Agar all able to bat properly in this format. They are likely to bat 7,8 and 9. However, as England proved, having capable batters down the order is ok, but not at the expense of picking the best bowlers. A batter at 7 or eight is only likely to face 15 balls on a good day, and therefore has little chance of regularly affecting the game. To my eye, South Africa have a better bat vs ball balance in their side, and will be able to get the key wickets that ultimately set up games. Full preview: https://www.punterslounge.com/betting-tips/south-africa-vs-australia-tips-will-durban-be-a-happy-hunting-ground-for-smith-s-men--2016030204 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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