Following the conclusion of a demanding schedule against India, England will face South Africa in a three-match ODI series, followed by as many T20Is and Test matches. The Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street, Durham, will host the series opener. Both teams lost their previous ODI match, and it will be interesting to watch who wins the following series.
England lost the one-day international series against India 1-2, while South Africa, who last played an ODI series in March 2022, was defeated 1-2 by Bangladesh. Both sides have a lot of power hitters in their lines, and both have a solid bowling attack that should be watched.
England vs South Africa 1st ODI – Pitch Report
The Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street has a batter-friendly surface, thus hitters will get the most from it. The chasing team has won 11 of the 20 One-Day Internationals played at the venue. The Pacers will also have a say on this field. The average score in the first inning is 245.
England vs South Africa 1st ODI – Probable XI
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (c & wk), Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Craig Overton, Reece Topley
Janneman Malan, Quinton de Kock (wk), Aiden Markram, Kyle Verreynne, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj (c), Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi
England vs South Africa 1st ODI – Player of the match prediction
Quinton de Kock
One of the most experienced players on the team, the former Proteas skipper will be the one to watch out for in the next match. He has been in good form with the bat in the white-ball format, and he will seek to maintain that form in the first game against England.
Reece Topley wreaked havoc in the series against India, finishing with a total of nine wickets. While he was wicketless in the first game, he smashed many records and finished with a six-wicket haul in the second. The speedster will be one to watch on the fast-paced pitch.
England vs South Africa 1st ODI – Match Winner Prediction
We expect to see a high octane showdown and when the dust settles, we predict a win for the England national team.