AUSTRALIA has its first chance at restoring pride with a series win in today’s final ODI against South Africa.
The home side kicked off the Aussie summer in the worst way possible after succumbing to a horrendous batting collapse in the first ODI, but a magnificent fightback in Adelaide saw the series tied heading into the thrilling decider in Tasmania.
If the Aussies can pull off a win, it will be their first ODI series win since January 2017.
Play begins at 1.50pm (AEDT).
Aussies win the toss
Aaron Finch won the toss and elected to bowl under the sharp Tasmanian sun to kick off the game. Aussie fast bowling coach David Saker confirmed Australia will take the field with the same side as Adelaide.
Ugly record on the line, Agar considered for decider
Skipper Aaron Finch is out to end a huge drought.Source:Getty Images
Australia might turn to Ashton Agar in Sunday’s one-day series decider against South Africa in Hobart.
A win, will see the home side claim its first ODI series win since January 2017 when Australia’s limited overs ranking began to slide.
The 25-year-old Agar will come under selection discussion in an Australian camp buoyed by a breakthrough win in Adelaide.
With the series squared, Australia will again field a spinner although leggie Adam Zampa is feeling the squeeze after 0-57 from nine overs in Adelaide. ButZampa did score an invaluable late 22 in Australia’s innings which proved vital in the victory.
Paceman Josh Hazlewood expects the Hobart pitch to produce plenty of runs in the decider, believing a specialist spin option is wise.
“Having him (a spinner) in the team just creates that different dynamic in the bowling group,” Hazlewood said.
“We’ll have to have a look at the wicket but I always like the variability of a spinner.
“There’s sometimes a little bit in that Hobart wicket in longer-form games but it’s usually a pretty good track for limited-overs cricket – probably high scores as per usual.” South Africa fell seven runs short in chasing 232 runs to win game two on Friday night, David Miller topscoring with 51.
“Australia were 9-204, and dragged that last partnership out which, if you want to be critical, that is probably where we did the losegame,” Miller said. “We’re obviously very disappointed.
“They’re high-class bowlers and they did bowl really well, great areas, didn’t give us much.
“Obviously, it didn’t work out well for us. We have got a lot to learn from that.”
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