Bracken - England v South Africa Preview

This game is pretty much a must win for England if they want to qualify from the group stages.

Nathan Bracken
Fri, 18 Mar, 10:21 AM

South Africa v England

South Africa have surprisingly crept into the World Cup without much hype, a team with so many players who have IPL pedigree will always be a danger. The Proteas are very similar to England's last opposition the West Indies, they lack depth but have various match winners who can take the game away.

South Africa's batting order doesn't need a build-up, as everyone is aware the talent they possess with de Villiers, Amla, de Cock, du Plessis and Miller. However, it's their bowling options which limit their chances of winning the tournament. Both Morkel brothers have been left out the squad, leaving Steyn and Tahir with a fairly inexperienced attack.

England were hit by the Gayle force last time out, they looked utterly clueless when bowling at him, which could have huge knock on effects giving their inexperience. England have been playing pretty good T20 cricket coming into the World Cup, however the style of their loss will have them questioning their chances.

With both bowling attacks being a bit light, I expect this to be a battle of the batsman, and not many teams can compare with South Africa. This will be a high scoring affair with the Proteas coming out on top at $1.68 with Palmerbet.

AB de Villiers is one of the only batsman in the world capable of doing what Gayle did to England. With de Villiers shot range he'll tuck into England's spinners, especially if Rashid and Ali bowl like they did in their opening match. The Poms looked shocking when bowling at the death against the West Indies, which will play into AB's hands, coming in a after a couple of wickets. He's my best bet of the day to top score for South Africa at $4.
Oddschecker’s best bet of the day

David Willey and Reece Topley against Dale Steyn and Chris Morris, I know who we’d rather be facing. Not only the South African openers more experienced and all round better players but they’re facing a much easier attack. This is the reason why we’re backing South Africa to have the higher opening partnership at $1.81.

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