Proteas prepare to host England for ODI series straight off the back of failing to win three of four winter Tests against touring England.
England have won two of their last three One Day International series away from home (either side of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup), and their tour of South Africa continues with a five ODI games against the hosting Proteas.
Having defeated them 2-1 in a four-Test series, travelling England are terrific value at the 13/8 on offer with BetVictor to follow up in the 50 overs format.
Given South Africa’s top order problems, and AB de Villiers’ own personal struggles with the bat since being made South Africa captain across all forms of cricket, their status as odds-on 1/2 ODI series favourites can be bought into question.
De Villiers, who is a top-price 3/1 with Boylesports to be best home side batsman in the first One Day game, does play with a certain alluring abandon in shorter formats, however, and can lead by example with his incredible One Day average of 54.21 runs at the crease.
Kagiso Rabada, whose 13-wicket haul across the two innings of the last Test in Centurion is arguably the Proteas’ most promising recent find, and taking 21 ODI victims in 10 matches to date at an economy of 4.87 is only going to improve should the youngster be selected as expected.
Dale Steyn’s absence was hardly noticed because of a rowdy brand of bowling from Rabada (7/2 to be best South Africa bowler with Boylesports in the first 50 overs fixture), but it is late One Day call-up Stuart Broad, who is statistically Test cricket’s best with the ball.
Like Rabada, England’s ever-reliable Broad has just one ODI five-wicket haul, but among 119 victims, and the tourists have him in contention with Liam Plunkett and Steven Finn sidelined.
If involved, it will be the first time in almost a year since Broad last bowled in limited overs cricket, but is a not so secret weapon at One Day captain Eoin Morgan and coach Trevor Bayliss’ disposal.
Spinner Adil Rashid (4/1 with Ladbrokes to best England bowler) with comes into contention to be in the England attack too, following a string of impressive performances in Australia’s Big Bash League with 16 wickets in nine matches for Adelaide Strikers.
When it comes to batting, punters would expect Joe Root to get in and score heavily throughout this One Day series, yet it is James Taylor who has a slightly better ODI average when batting.
Root’s return is a shade under 42 runs per match, while for Taylor it is just over, and he is thus a terrific top price of 13/2 with Paddy Power to do most damage for England when at the crease.