Australia romped to a massive 198-run win over Zimbabwe in their opening fixture on Monday and now take on South Africa in their second game.
Venue: Harare Sports Club
Dates: Wednesday, 27 August
Start time: 8:30 a.m. BST (9:30 a.m. local time)
TV and live stream: SuperSport (South Africa and Zimbabwe), PTV Sports (Pakistan), Ten Sports (India and others), Orbit Show Network (Middle East), Willow TV (USA).
Weather: Another stunning day awaits in Harare. AccuWeather.com predicts temperatures of up to 27 degrees Celsius and no chance of rain.
Even without David Warner, Australia are an impressive unit, and they proved as much when they amassed 350 against Zimbabwe on Monday. Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell all contributed, but it was Maxwell who was most impressive.
Maxwell's 93 runs came off just 46 balls and, despite getting out after carelessly hitting out, he had done enough to help Australia to a massive total. Zimbabwe's batsmen had little answer for the Australian bowlers, but South Africa boast a far more talented crop of players.
Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock will be back in action at the top of the order after Amla took a break for the third and final ODI against Zim last week. Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers are astute in their application, and both JP Duminy and David Miller can prop up the lower order with some runs.
After a solid ODI performance in Sri Lanka, this will be a tough test for South Africa. The Harare track is slow and low, so patience will be key. Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn will both return to action after being rested for the three ODIs against Zimbabwe, but the third seam bowler position is up for grabs. Vernon Philander and Beuran Hendricks have both been ruled out through injury, so it is possible that Kyle Abbott could fill the void.
There are few contests in cricket quite like a South African vs. Australian scuffle. The two teams have a long and colourful history and always seem to bring their A-game when pitted against each other. Australia, who had an easy welcome back to competitive cricket after a long layoff, face a much tougher test against South Africa. Prepare for some fireworks.
Ryan McLaren has been one of South Africa's standout players with the ball. He's the top wicket taker in the format over the last 12 months and offers great support for attack leaders Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel.
Mitchell Johnson was most impressive in Australia's opening game with figures of 6-2-7-1. Keeping the pressure on South Africa's batsmen will be key, and Johnson can certainly do that.
AB de Villiers (c), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (w/k), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Rilee Rossouw, Mthokozisi Shezi, Dale Steyn
Aaron Finch, Phillip Hughes, Michael Clarke (c), George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Steven Smith, Brad Haddin (w/k), Mitchell Johnson, James Faulkner, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Ben Cutting, Mitchell Marsh, Kane Richardson
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