SA bat in decisive ODI

2011-10-28 14:10

Durban - Proteas captain Hashim Amla won the toss for the third time in the three-match series against Australia and opted to bat first in their final one-day international (ODI) in Durban on Friday.

The ODI series is level at 1-1 and while Australia will remain in the top spot of the ICC world rankings, South Africa could leap into second place, ahead of Sri Lanka and India, if they win the series.

The Proteas remain unchanged from their last two matches while Australia have made one change to their side.

Shaun Marsh returns from a shoulder injury and replaces Steve Smith, while vice-captain Shane Watson remains in the starting line-up despite leaving the field midway through an over with back spasms in the last game.

The weather is cloudy with a chance of showers in the afternoon and thunderstorms predicted for the evening.


South Africa:

Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla (captain), Jacques Kallis, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Mark Boucher (wk), Johan Botha, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Lonwabo Tsotsobe


David Warner, Shane Watson, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke (captain), Shaun Marsh, Mike Hussey, Brad Haddin (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Xavier Doherty, Doug Bollinger, Pat Cummins


  • rheinhardt.peens - 2011-10-28 14:11

    Cmon the Proteas!!!!!

      Riaan - 2011-10-28 17:09

      Our batting is a joke. To worried about D/L so nobody is scoring runs... JOKE

      Riaan - 2011-10-28 17:15

      Changing the channel NOW!!! Tired of watching losers....

      Anthony - 2011-10-28 17:28

      get rid of banger and mash---even the commentators [who arnt allowed to criticise] said what is smith doing ?????? as an opener bat, to go out for 17 IN THE MANNER HE DID!!!!,is unacceptable --no desipline and wants to be a rock star

  • Mahmood - 2011-10-28 14:18

    Good Luck, Proteas! A decisive win will give impetus to a great Test series.

  • Andre - 2011-10-28 14:26

    Lets go chokers lets go!!

  • granville.paulse - 2011-10-28 15:41

    And another unconvincing innings from Smith.

  • Dhirshan - 2011-10-28 16:00

    world #1 ranked odi batsman : amla world #1 ranked odi bowler : morne world #1 ranked test batsman : kallis world #1 ranked test bowler : dale wow, 4 sa men . . . proud indeed

  • Shirley - 2011-10-28 16:28

    I to am dissapointed in Smith at the moment but lets face it not a lot of the others have showed up to the day. Smith has his flaws and is currently very unpopular amongst fans but in reality he is the scapegoat for the world cup loss.We should as fans of the GAME be more supportive when things are dark,positivity is far more influential then breaking someone down. Go proteas,goodluck Smith,reach deep and find that great ability I know you have. New coach,captain-so lets all get a new attitude!

      Thopa - 2011-10-29 07:36

      Shirley Make if u stopped smoking Tick and actually watch the game u might realise why Smith is not a FAN Favourite, M.S Tick!

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