England vs South Africa, 2nd ODI Preview


Lets not beat around the bush, the first ODI was hard to watch. Yes we lost the first test match and look what happened. Yes we're starting a new cycle and yes we're missing some key players, but still, that was tough.


On a sunny Tuesday afternoon at Newlands in Cape Town, the world champions were comprehensively beaten by 7 wickets with 14 balls to spare. In all honestly, it shouldn't have even been that close, South Africa surfed to victory on the clinical bats of Bavuma and de Kock.


England will be looking to even the series when they take the field at 11am (GMT) tomorrow in the 2nd ODI at Kingsmead in Durban. Will England stick or will they twist? You can see the players at captain Eoin Morgan's disposal by heading to our ODI team page.


Without World Cup winners Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Joffra Archer, England looked a little bit at sea in cape town, not reacting to the conditions and lacking a very obvious bite in their bowling attack.


The lineup of Roy, Bairstow, Root, Morgan, Denly, Banton, S Curran, Woakes, T Curran, Jordan and Parkinson failed to deliver and I fully expect there to be changes to the starting XI when England take the field tomorrow.


Dawid Malan has excelled in T20 cricket (57.25 Avg for England), and he's played well in domestic one day cricket as well (41.41 Avg) and now's the time perfect opportunity to give him a chance against a South African attack that didn't look all that threatening, despite England being 5 wickets down with only 108 runs on the board.


Parkinson is still young and learning his craft, but don't be surprised to see Moeen Ali or Adil Rashid recalled to the squad to add a little experience to the spin department.


The weather report doesn't look great for Durban, with thunderstorms and rain predicted to interrupt throughout, and with Durban being a fast track at the best of times, the rain may encourage Morgan to introduce the extra pace of Saqib Mahmood.


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