England will play South Africa in their first ODI cricket match on Tuesday, July 19, at the Riverside Ground in County Durham. The English are coming off of a 2-1 loss to India in a three-match series. England lost by five wickets to the Indians and now go into the first ODI match with South Africa following the series defeat. England’s loss to India followed on from a T20I series defeat to India.
South Africa is aiming for a big series win versus England, who limp into the three-match set. The last time these teams met in ODI cricket, the series finished tied 1-1 after the second match finished without a result due to rain. Subsequent matches scheduled in ODI between England and South Africa were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
South Africa fell 2-1 in their three-match series with Bangladesh in ODI cricket. The South Africans will be looking at players capable of making the team for the World Cup in a year’s time. Both teams are coming off of disappointing results last time out. This is a huge series for England and South Africa, and a win could give one of these sides much-needed momentum in ODI cricket.
England vs South Africa 1st ODI Betting Odds
Bookies believe England will take the spoils in the first match of their three-match ODI series with South Africa. England are at the best betting odds of 8/15 to win against South Africa in the first match. The English were good against India in the third match of their series on Sunday. However, a poor end to their batting allowed India to remain in touching distance.
South Africa are the bookies’ underdog heading into the match. The South Africans are at the best betting odds of 6/4 to pick up a win against England in the first match. The visitors are coming off of an ODI series 2-1 loss to Bangladesh and then a 2-2 draw with India in T20I cricket.
England’s Jonny Bairstow is in excellent form heading into the first match of the ODI series. He is at the best betting odds of 11/4 to be England’s best batter.
On the opposite side, David Miller is 5/1 to be South Africa’s best batter. Miller plays IPL cricket for Gujarat Titans and has really picked up his batting in recent months. He could be a good value bet to be South Africa’s best batter.
South Africa are resting Kagiso Rabada for the ODI series. Even without Rabada, South Africa have an excellent chance of beating the English. England are limping into this match and after a high-profile loss to India, they may struggle to recover.
England vs South Africa 1st ODI When is the match?
The England versus South Africa first ODI cricket match is on Tuesday, July 19. The match will be played in County Durham at the Riverside Ground. The match will begin at 13:00 UK time.
What is the England vs South Africa ODI Cricket fixture list?
England and South Africa three ODI cricket fixtures in July. Here is the fixture list for the two rivals:
England vs. South Africa – Tuesday, July 19 at Seat Unique Riverside
England vs. South Africa – Friday, July 22 at Emirates Old Trafford
England vs. South Africa – Sunday, July 24 at Headingley Stadium
England vs South Africa H2H
England and South Africa have played 63 times previously. South Africa have just edged the series with 30 wins while the England team have picked up 28 victories. One match ended in a tie and four matches finished with no result.
While England cricket played ODI matches for decades, South Africa did not enter the ODI format until 1992. England were South Africa’s first-ever opponent in ODI cricket as the teams met that same year. South Africa lost their opening four ODI matches before finally gaining a win.
England and South Africa last played in February 2020. The series finished 1-1 with both teams picking up a win and the second match of the ODI series finishing without a result. South Africa won match No. 1 by seven wickets. England claimed a matchday No. 3 victory by two wickets.
England vs South Africa Key Players
Bairstow is playing well for England, but he had a poor day with the bat against India. Hopes will be high that Bairstow can rebound versus South Africa on Tuesday. England have made a couple of changes to the team. Adil Rashid is back in the team. He should go into the starting XI.
England bowler Reece Topley could be rested for the first match of the series. He looked unfit by the end of Sunday’s final match with India. Meanwhile, Matty Potts has earned his first ODI call-up and will likely play in place of Craig Overton.
Dwaine Pretorius could have a place in the South Africa team. Kagiso Rabada will be rested for the match and Keshav Maharaj will take his place to lead the team out at the Riverside Ground.
England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (c&wk), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Brydon Carse, Matty Potts
Janneman Malan, Quinton de Kock (wk), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj (c), Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi
England vs South Africa 1st ODI Betting Tips
It is going to be hot in County Durham for this match. There is a weather advisor in England for Monday and Tuesday. By the time the match starts at 13:00, England will be experiencing its hottest day of the year. The weather could play a part in the outcome of this match.
The pitch should be in good shape with plenty of bounce to it. The ground could be hard due to a lack of rain in England over the last few weeks.
England are the favourite to win the match and are coming off of a disappointing loss to India on Sunda in ODI. England played well but couldn’t get the wickets needed to see off India. The English should claim a win against South Africa in the first match of the three-match series with South Africa.