Cricket World Cup: South Africa vs Australia
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester.
Date: Saturday 6th July 2019
The final game of the World Cup group stages between Australia and South Africa hasn’t turned out to be the must win contest many purists had hoped. Australia have looked imperious throughout their campaign so far, making light work of England and New Zealand with their only defeat coming in a high scoring contest against India. Aaron Finch’s side have booked their passage to the knockout stages and they kill be keen to continue their momentum here. By contrast, South Africa have been eliminated from the competition and their performances have heaped pressure on their captain Faf du Plessis. They have only managed two wins from their 8 games played but the manner of their win over Sri Lanka last time out should fill them with confidence heading into this one and they will want to finish on a high.
South Africa have struggled to impose themselves on the opposition throughout this World Cup and at times, their brand of cricket has looked dated at times in comparison to that of some of the teams at the top of the table. Experienced pairing Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis endured tough starts to their respective World Cup campaigns but they have looked in good nick recently. The bowling department has been surprisingly lacking in potency so far at this World Cup but the introduction of Dwaine Pretorius in the last game against Sri Lanka paid instant dividends. Whilst this is a dead rubber for the Proteas, they will be keen to give their supporters something to cheer about here.
Australia have been arguably the most consistent side on display at the World Cup so far with the likes of Aaron Finch and David Warner consistently piling on the runs at the top of the order. Whilst Mitchell Starc and Jason Behrendorff have bowled with pace and aggression that has unsettled opposition batsmen, giving the team an excellent balance. There is no love lost between Australia and South Africa, particularly in World Cup cricket and the Aussies will be keen to ensure they top the table at the end of the group stages as the semi-finals loom.
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South Africa look to have rectified their batting issues of late whilst Australia are the highest run scoring team in the competition and both sides will enjoy batting at Old Trafford.
South Africa’s captain has been in fine form in his last two matches, backing up his 63 against Pakistan with an unbeaten 96 against Sri Lanka and he’ll be chasing three figures here.
Veteran spinner Imran Tahir has been one of South Africa’s most influential performers in what is almost certain to be his final World Cup and he will want to go out with a bang here.
Whilst Aaron Finch has been racking up the centuries, David Warner has been playing a supporting role and the fiery opener will be keen to get in on the act here and go big against his old foes South Africa.
Mitchell Starc has been in electrifying form for Australia so far at this World Cup and he will be keen to keep his form going as he seeks the honour of leading wicket taker at the Cricket World Cup.
Both sides could well rotate their squads here with Australia sure to have one eye on the unfolding semi-final picture whilst keeping their key men in form. South Africa meanwhile know that this will be their last game at the 2019 Cricket World Cup and they will be eager to put in a good final performance. Australia are the strong favourites at 0.45 to win the match with BetXChange.com and they should pick up two more points at Old Trafford.
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