First ODI preview: Australia vs. South Africa
First ODI preview: Australia vs. South Africa

Australia and South Africa are ready to clash in the first one-day international of the three-match series in Perth on Sunday.

The contest is of pivotal importance as it marks the beginning of the preparation for the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup, which is less than eight months away.
The home side are on a run of poor results after the ball-tempering scandal earlier this year. In their last assignment in the 50-over format, the Kangaroos suffered a humiliating 5-0 whitewash against England in England.
In the batting department, the team will be relying on captain Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell and Chris Lynn to do bulk of the scoring.

In the bowling department, there is some good news for the Baggy Greens as they will go in with the pace attack comprising of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.
On the other hand, South Africa will be hoping to continue their good form in the 50-over format and register a series win Down Under.

In their last 50-over assignment, Faf du Plessis-led unit registered a comfortable 3-0 whitewash over Zimbabwe.

In the batting department, the team will be relying on skipper Du Plessis, veteran opener Hashim Amla and wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock to score bulk of the runs, whereas in the bowling department, the onus will be on Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir to restrict the opposition.

Both teams have faced each other in 96 matches in the 50-over format, where Australia emerged victorious 47

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Azeem Siddiqui
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