England ready to continue One-Day momentum against South Africa - Series Preview

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With the One-Day leg of England's tour of South Africa about to begin, all eyes will be geared towards how these two powerhouses are shaping up, leading up to the World T20 in March.

For England, it is a series where they will look to fully establish their burgeoning reputation as a One-Day side, after series victories over New Zealand and Pakistan in the last year, with another high-profile scalp in South Africa.

Meanwhile, it will be a chance at redemption for South Africa, after their humbling in the Test series, as they look to show they are still the superior side in the shorter formats of the game.


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The key men

Stuart Broad is returning to the England One-Day side for the first time in almost a year after he was one of the casualties of England's calamitous World Cup.

While Broad is unparalleled as a bowler in the Test Match form of the game, it will be interesting to see how he performs on his return to the shorter format arena and whether he can make a late push for inclusion at the World T20.

Despite the vast array of players South Africa used in the Test Series leg spinner Imran Tahir was not one of them. His wide array of variations will be crucial to containing England's powerful middle order, while his own personal contest with his English counterpart, Adil Rashid, should be intriguing viewing.

Possible Teams

England: Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, James Taylor, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Chris Jordan, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad

With the pitches in South Africa unlikely to be conducive to spin, it seems that England will go in with just the one spin option in Adil Rashid over Moeen Ali, meaning there could be more overs for Joe Root during the series. Chris Jordan is also set to play ahead of Reece Topley with his superior batting and incredible fielding key factors.

South Africa: Quinton De Kock, Hashim Amla, Faf Du Plessis, AB De Villiers, David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, JP Duminy/Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Kyle Abbott, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir

South Africa face a tough call between going for the extra bowling in Chris Morris or the extra batting in JP Duminy.

Morris' performances with the bat in the Test Series could swing it his way though, as South Africa look to find the right balance in their line-up.

Form Guide

(Last five matches, latest first)

England: W,W,W,L,L

South Africa: W,L,W,L,W

Series Prediction: England to win 3-2

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