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England Vs South Africa

Written: 3rd February 2020

England Vs South Africa has turned into one of the most anticipated contests in Cricket Betting. Here at 21.co.uk, you can find all of our fantastic cricket betting tips across all formats for all of England's opponents across the year. This page is specified for England's matches against South Africa starting from the tour in 2020 up until the present day. The first series was incredible with England picking up a fantastic victory in test cricket and a thrilling draw in the ODI format. These two sides will face off in the Twenty20 World Cup so be sure to check out out our online betting markets and see what tips we're giving out ahead of the big event.

After a fantastic Test Match series, England look to take their form into the ODI format in their first match since winning the World Cup in 2019. This match was the first game of that tournament and England got off to a great start beating South Africa by 104 runs after superb performances from Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer. However, neither player is available for selection here. England have made 7 changes to their World Cup 15 man squad while South Africa have made 9 changes, it will be interesting to see which players stake their claim for a permanent spot in the squad.

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England South Africa
Dawid Malan David Miller
Eoin Morgan (C) Janneman Malan
Jason Roy Rassie Van Der Dussen
Joe Denly Reeza Hendricks
Joe Root Temba Bavuma
Matt Parkinson Bjorn Fortuin
Moeen Ali JJ Smuts
Sam Curran Kyle Verreynne
Tom Curran Quinton De Kock © (W)
Jonny Bairstow (W) Andile Pheylukwayo
Tom Banton Beuran Hendricks
Adil Rashid Lungi Ngidi
Chris Jordan Lutho Sipamla
Chris Woakes Sisanda Magala
Saqib Mahmood Tabraiz Shamsi

Changes from WC squad are in bold

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Head to Head since 2011

Ten years ago England faced off against South Africa at the ICC Cricket World Cup in one of the most dramatic ODI matches in history. England recovered from 3-15 to put 171 on the board and bowl, South Africa, out for just 165 as Stuart Broad put in an inspired performance. Since that date, England vs South Africa has always had a bit extra behind it as a contest.

England Vs South Africa 2012 series (2-1-2)

Due to rain, the 2012 series was awful for England as the first match contained just five overs and 37 runs for the homeside. The second match belonged to Hasim Amla as the South African batsman scored 150 off 124 balls to give England a target of 288 to win. Unfortunately, no England player managed a half-century as six South African bowlers managed to take a wicket. Matches 3 and 4 were Englands as they successfully chased down targets of 211 and 220 with Jonathan Trott and Eoin Morgan taking control on home turf. Going into the final day, it looked like England had control over the series until a fine performance by Dale Steyn and Robin Peterson left England with just 182 runs, they replied fantastically leaving SA 3-14 before captain AB de Villiers stepped up alongside day one hero Amla to ensure the visitors met their target with 15 overs to spare.

TIP: Hundred not be scored: 21/20

These sides also met in 2013 for the Semi-Final of the ICC Champions Trophy, and after dispatching openers Colin Ingram and Amla for just 1 run between them England were in control.This continued until South Africa were 8-80 and David Miller and Rory Kleinveldt who were the last line of defence managed 99 runs between the before Kleinveldt and the following Lonwabo Tsotsobe were bowled by Broad and caught by Buttler. England then stepped into bat and looked nervous to begin with, but Trott and a young Joe Root eased any worries and sent England into the final.

TIP: Man of the Match: Joe Root: 8/1

South Africa Vs England 2016 Series (3-0-2)

England kicked off their 2016 ODI series in fine fashion as a century from Jos Buttler and half-centuries from Alex Hales, Joe Root and Ben Stokes set SA a target of 400 to win. Rain caused delays meaning that South Africa needed 290 from 33.3 overs in order to avoid defeat. Quinton De Kock put in an inspired performance scoring 138 from 96 balls, but it wasn’t enough as England led. In the second match, South Africa set England a score of 263 to win after their bowlers put in a fine batting performance. However, an Alex Hales 99 and Jos Buttler putting on 48 from 28 ensured that England had no troubles reaching their target.

TIP: Fall of First Wicket: Under 30.5: 10/11

South Africa then fantastically came back starting with the third ODI, after England set the hosts 318 to win following a brilliant Joe Root performance, with Quinton De Kock and Hashim Amla both hit centuries to give South Africa hope. The 4th ODI saw Root hit another century, but his teammates hit a combined total of 153/9 which meant that South Africa had a good opportunity to come back, and they did so with only four players getting a score less than 20. England had collapsed and the same happened in the 5th ODI when Hales grabbed a century, the rest of the team took only 124/9, and South Africa were able to seal the unlikely series victory with ease.

TIP: 1st ODI Winner: South Africa: 6/5

England Vs South Africa 2017 Series (2-0-1)

A superb batting performance from England gave them a big win in the first ODI of the 2017 series, Morgan, Hales and Moeen Ali all hit over half-centuries with a strike rate of over 100. South Africa fought back strong and were 1-145 with 26 overs remaining, but England’s bowlers picked up 6 wickets for just 85 runs to ensure victory. The second ODI was a similar story as Stokes, Buttler and Ali all batted superbly to set SA 331 to win. South Africa got amazingly close but finished on 328 as England secured the series with a game to go. With the pressure off, South Africa decimated England in the final ODI leaving them 153/10 before finishing England off in less than 29 overs.

TIP: SA Top Batsman: Q de Kock: 2/1

ODI Record since 2015

Opponent England (W-D-L) South Africa (W-D-L)
Afghanistan 1-0-0 1-0-0
Australia 10-0-3 9-1-2
Bangladesh 3-0-1 4-0-0
India 4-0-3 2-0-6
Ireland 3-0-0 1-0-0
New Zealand 4-1-2 3-0-3
Pakistan 8-1-2 3-0-4
Scotland 0-0-1 0-0-0
Sri-Lanka 6-3-2 14-0-2
West Indies 6-1-2 1-1-2
Zimbabwe 0-0-0 3-0-0

When you look at results since 2015, it is perhaps clear to see why England are such massive favourites in the ODI format. They have a positive record against everyone except Scotland when they suffered an unusual defeat to their neighbours. Meanwhile, South Africa have a negative record against India which is to be expected, but they also have a negative record against West Indies and Pakistan despite the West Indies being ranked lower than Sri Lanka who South Africa have beaten 14 times in their last 16 matches.

TIP: 1st ODI Winner: England 20/33

Our Verdict

South Africa tend to do a little better against England than most nations which may come as a surprise to some. However, high off their World Cup victory and their test victory over their opponents, we think that England will repeat the 2017 series by winning the first two matches as South Africa win the third. For the first ODI, we think England will win, Jason Roy will be England’s top Batsman and Sam Curran will be top Bowler with Jason Roy picking up the Man of the Match award.

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