The T20 Cricket series see’s team from down-under take on the Proteas in Durban, Jo’burg and Cape Town. The three matches will be in preparation for the ICC World Twenty20 in India later in the month.
Australia has a tough task ahead of them as they face opening batsman, AB De Villiers, whose exceptional talents were proven at South Africa’s most recent T20 in a nine-wicket win against England. Said Australia’s captain, Steven Smith about trying to contain AB De Villiers: “It’s very difficult to do, he’s one of the most destructive – if not the most destructive – batsman in the world and he does hit the ball 360 degrees, so when he is going he’s very tough to stop,” Smith said. “We’re going to have a few plans in place for him that will hopefully work, but he’s a terrific player and very hard to stop.”
South Africa have been on winning streak in limited-overs cricket, winning five matches in a row against England. They have also recently enjoyed triumphs over India by winning the T20 and ODI legs on last year’s tour, and they will be further improved by the return of Dale Steyn from a shoulder injury. Australia hope to see Finch, Watson, James Faulkner and Nathan Coulter-Nile to be available for the first match on Friday after recent injuries.
Current betting odds on the 1st T20 Match: South Africa 15/20 and Australia to win, 11/10
Current betting odds to win the T20 Series: South Africa 7/10 and Australia to win, 11/10