Australia vs South Africa: Tri Series 2016 Match 4 Preview

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Match Betting & Game Preview

It was the Proteas who triumphed in their last meeting with the Aussies just four days ago, and as has been the template for this series to date another low-scoring affair was endured by all in attendance.

As expected it was the accumulators, rather than the biffers, that did the business with the blade, although few would have predicted that it would be Farhaan Behardien that was the match winner. His knock of 62 set the tone for a South Africa total of 189/9; which ordinarily would be child’s play to chase down but in the unique conditions it proved too much for Australia.

All will be relieved by the move to Warner Park then, which will host its first ODI since August 2014. The last four limited overs matches here have returned generally high-scoring encounters; the Windies vs Bangladesh clash in 2014 returned almost 600 runs, so we feel in safer hands here as punters.

There will be plenty for the quick bowlers to get their teeth into as well though, with Amin Al-Hossain and Ravi Rampaul sharing eight wickets in that last international fixture played here.

The Proteas will be without Rilee Rossouw, who is out of the series with a shoulder injury, and his loss will be a blow. The effectiveness of their spin trio Imran Tahir, Aaron Phangiso and Tabraiz Shamsi will also be diminished.

The surface will surely play into Australia’s hands, with the likes of David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja all at home on fast, bouncy decks, while the returning Mitchell Starc and Hazlewood will surely extract plenty out of it with the new cherry.

Betting Tip: As such, back the Aussies to extract almost immediate revenge on South Africa at an admittedly stingy price of 1.70 with 888sport.

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Top Batsmen Betting Picks

South Africa vs Australia tri series

You would say that only David Warner and Aaron Finch have held their ends up with the bat for the Aussies in this series so far, so it’s about time that the skipper Steve Smith came to the party.

Betting Pick: He was raised on the bumpy pitches of Sydney and New South Wales so will be comfortable with whatever the likes of Rabada, Parnell and Abbott throw at him, and batting at number four should give him ample time to build an innings on a track that should support straight-hitting batsmen. We’re more than happy to recommend Steve Smith in this market at 5.00 with bet365.

South Africa boast the services of the best ODI batsman in the world according to the ICC rankings in Hashim Amla, and you could see from his knock in the last match between the pair that he is bubbling up nicely and ‘due one’.

Betting Pick: He has reached 35 from 46 balls on a tough batting surface before getting himself run out, so the omens are good for the bearded opener. Feel free to get involved with Hashim Amla at 4.00 with bet365.

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Other Bet Tips

Although not backed up by cold, hard statistics, few bowlers have made such an impression on world cricket in the past year as Kagiso Rabada. On that Providence track designed for slow and steady twirlers, Rabada extracted enough pace and bounce to trouble Aussies and claim three wickets last time out. On a St Kitts wicket more suited to his natural game, expect him to prosper once again: the 4.75 on him being the Proteas top bowler with bet365 looks a masterstroke.

In the News

[1] adelaidenow.com, Australia v South Africa: coverage of one-day tri-series match in St Kitts, 2016