South Africa vs England

Ross Houston
February 4, 2020

This young Proteas team, led superbly by new captain Quinton de Kock in his first match in charge, certainly held their own against the world champions for the majority of the innings. They were floundering at 131 for six before Denly and Chris Woakes (40) came together in a seventh-wicket stand of 91.

Left-arm wrist-spinner Tabraiz Shamsi has certainly learnt from being Imran Tahir's understudy over the past few years.

Earlier, the Proteas awarded two ODI debuts to Warriors duo Jon-Jon Smuts and Lutho Sipamla. Tuesday's three for 38 are only bettered by the four for 33 he took against Sri Lanka in Dambulla two years ago.

The experienced Joe Root, meanwhile, was the victim of an excellent run-out from point fielder Rassie van der Dussen.

All of that is before you take into account the off-field problems, with Cricket South Africa spiralling out of control towards the latter part of previous year.

Could the appointment of a new interim CEO and Director of Cricket finally put an end to the team's decline? The former have won 29 and the latter 27, with one tie and three no-results.

They will face an uphill task as they take ong Eoin Morgan's No.1-ranked ODI side that lifted its maiden ICC Men's Cricket World Cup trophy in 2019 at home a year ago.

England have never beaten South Africa in an ODI at Newlands.

Kingsmead in Durban and the Wanderers in Johannesburg will host the second and third ODI, respectively.

England: Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Tom Banton, Moeen Ali, Tom Curran, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Matt Parkinson.

South Africa: Quinton de Kock (captain), Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma, Jon-Jon Smuts, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Beuran Hendricks, Lutho Sipamla, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi.

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