South Africa vs England
South Africa will kick start their tour to England with a three-match one day series to be played at the end of May just before the Champions Trophy. The visitors will be determined to start well on a long tour as the first game of the series will be played at Headingley, Leeds. The games will be played at Leeds, Southampton and London. England will be favorites for the series as they have won their last series at home against Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Morne Morkel is set to return for South Africa while Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris have done well for South Africa over a period of one year.
Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers have done well with the bat but Quinton de Kock has been splendid as opener. JP Duminy and Faf du Plessis have been fairly consistent for South Africa.
South Africa and England will take the series as preparation for the forthcoming ICC Champions Trophy. England will feel having home advantage will boost their chances of winning the contest while South Africa have won not won a bilateral one day series since 1998.
Player to watch
Quinton de Kock is a special batsman in the game of cricket at the moment. De Kock did not play in the tenth edition of Indian Premier League as he was recovering from a finger injury. He has done well behind the stumps for South Africa for the past one year.
Jason Roy is a destructive player at the top of the order in the limited overs cricket. Surrey player is one of those players who can certainly decimate bowling attacks in the one day format.
Head to Head record: 56 games have been played between South Africa and England up till now in limited overs format. South Africa has been victorious 28 games while England have won 24 games with 3 ended in no result. In England. England has a better record with 13 wins in 22 games played
1st ODI, 24 May, Leeds
2nd ODI, 27 May, Southampton
3rd ODI, 29 May, Lord’s
England: Eoin Morgan(c), Moeen Ali, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.
South Africa: AB de Villiers (c), Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Farhaan Behardien, Morné Morkel