England v South Africa, 5th NatWest ODI, Trent Bridge

England look to extend winning home run

The Preview by Alex Winter

September 4, 2012

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Match Facts

Trent Bridge, September 5
Start time: 2.00pm (1300 GMT)


James Tredwell lured JP Duminy out of his ground, England v South Africa, 4th ODI, Lord's, September 2, 2012
England can be comfortable with their back-up spinner © PA Photos
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The Big Picture

England's victory at Lord's ensured their unbeaten run at home continues - they have not lost an ODI series at home since 2009 when Australia won by a country mile. But that was After the Lord Mayor's Show since the Ashes were already won and South Africa will cast this series off as just the same, particularly if they lose the final rubber.

With the No. 1 ranking secure until the new year, England have at least a major achievement to take away from this summer and are building well. The test of their progress will come in India but for the time being they can be content with several plus points that bode well for their long term vision towards the 2015 World Cup. One of those is the offspinner James Tredwell who was superb at Lord's. He has proved a more than capable replacement for Graeme Swann and England should be confident that should Swann need to be rested, Tredwell is the wings.

South Africa will need to play Tredwell, and Samit Patel far better if they are to put a good total on the board - their downfall in the two games they have lost. Their middle order is beginning to look as fragile as Australia's earlier in the summer, although the quality of personnel in the South Africa line-up is far better on paper; but they haven't delivered as AB de Villiers conceded.

Their bowling also lacked punch at Lord's and Morne Morkel is needed back in the attack if South Africa are to maintain pressure and get below Eoin Morgan sooner in the innings. They will be pleased that Jonathan Trott isn't available for England, who will most likely bring in Jonny Bairstow and either promote Ravi Bopara or Craig Kieswetter to No. 3.

But that will be a call for Alastair Cook and Richard Halsall, the England fielding coach, to consider, as Andy Flower is taking a week off. The ECB denied Flower would use the time to conduct more meetings with Kevin Pietersen.

Form guide

(Most recent first, completed matches)

England WWLWW
South Africa LLWWW

Watch out for

Ravi Bopara has been on a downward spiral with the bat since his self-inflicted exile from the second Test. With Trott out of the side, Bopara should be looking forward to more time at the crease but his current form may see England opt to keep Bopara at No. 4 and reduce the risk of losing two early wickets. Fortunately for Bopara his bowling is keeping him in the side but he needs runs.

AB de Villiers has not made the big runs he produced against Sri Lanka and New Zealand earlier this year and by his own admission has been guilty of not continuing his starts - 39, 28 and 28 in the last three games - into scores that could put England under pressure chasing. With several players around him out of form, de Villiers needs a captain's knock at Trent Bridge.

Team news

England's replacement for Trott is likely to be Bairstow, the spare batsman in the squad. England could move Craig Kieswetter up the order to save the out-of-form Bopara going in at No. 3 under pressure.

England (possible) 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Ian Bell, 3 Craig Kieswetter (wkt), 4 Ravi Bopara, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Jonny Bairstow, 7 Samit Patel, 8 James Tredwell, 9 James Anderson, 10 Steven Finn, 11 Jade Dernbach

South Africa lacked bite to their bowling attack and will want to get Morne Morkel back into their XI, possibly in place of Lonwabo Tsotsobe. Justin Ontong is also an option to replace one of the middle-order batsmen.

South Africa (possible) 1 Graeme Smith, 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Dean Elgar, 4 AB de Villiers (capt & wk), 5 JP Duminy, 6 Faf du Plessis, 7 Ryan McLaren, 8 Wayne Parnell, 9 Robin Peterson, 10 Dale Steyn, 11 Morne Morkel

Pitch and conditions

The Trent Bridge wickets have got better as the season has progressed and with the weather forecast set for warm and sunny, batting first will be the desired option given the September dew may come into play under the floodlights.

Stats and trivia

  • If England win they will have reeled off eight series victories in a row at home, stretching back to 2009. Of the previous 11 series, England won just three.
  • Since returning to the England ODI side at the start of this year, Ian Bell averages 59.88 with 539 runs.
  • Morne Morkel needs three wickets to reach 100 in ODIs

Quotes

"It'd be nice to see him back in England colours. He's a great player; we know he's a class player. I hope for him things turn out well."
Despite his side's success in one-day cricket Ravi Bopara would like to see Kevin Pietersen back for England

"I've seen them win matches for their teams back home on the big stage in finals and stuff like that. But they are inexperienced and when you have inexperience in your team you need the senior players to take control, including myself."
AB de Villiers identifies how his batting order can improve.

Alex Winter is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by SuperSharky on (September 5, 2012, 13:19 GMT)

@ pom_don on (September 05 2012, 10:07 AM GMT) LOL, good one. I reckon it's got more fantasy moments than "Alice in Wonderland".

Posted by Snick_To_Backward_Point on (September 5, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

Cricfan_99 "A world cup win has and will be the most sought achievement in world cricket" Not really. Unless, of course, you're from a country whos test team is fast sinking to rock bottom and it's your only potential chance to shine. Maybe. But if that was the case you wouldn't be a cricfan IMO.

Posted by Snick_To_Backward_Point on (September 5, 2012, 13:10 GMT)

C'mon England! Although ODIs and T20 are like a cheap take away meal compared to the fine dining of test cricket this series is good as a confidence booster for battles to come over the next 6 months. Since we've had so much success with opening our doors to naturalised Saffers I was hoping we could do the same for Aussie & Indian talent trouble is, there isn't any.

Posted by kc69 on (September 5, 2012, 13:02 GMT)

Yeah,i believe England is going to win this match also because this may be their last ODI win for a very long time to come.

Posted by dsnagre on (September 5, 2012, 12:33 GMT)

Todays match prediction.. Toss: SA win the toss and ball first(england bat first even SA loose toss as england without trott) first inning score if England bat 240-265 and If SA bat 245-280 . 2nd inn. SA chase the target whatever is.and if england bat 2nd would nt chdse the target.MATCH RESULT:SA WIN THE MATCH EITHER BY 5 WICKET OR BY 40 or more runs...MOM :AB DEVILIARS..... Man of the series:H AMLA...

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 11:14 GMT)

I think England have this one. No dramas.

Posted by pom_don on (September 5, 2012, 11:07 GMT)

@RandyOZ what's it like in 'Randy World' then?

Posted by Chandrutenneti on (September 5, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

South Africa inconsistency in the ONE-DAYS is because of their poor short selection against the spin, And if you take out the top two(Hashim and Smith) within 50 runs, they are not going to score more than 225 with their fragile middle order. They can bring in du-plesis to open with smith and let Amla, de-villiers play in the middle order. Their bowling is always good and discipline. But the only difference with both sides is the middle order batting, where england has EOIN MORGAN who is having an excellent tournament. So it s the matter of middle order stability which determines this series, where bowling is on par for both the teams......If SA bats first they must score more than 260 to back their bowlers.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (September 5, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

Lets hope the best team wins

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