Australia v South Africa, Tri-series, Harare September 1, 2014

Australia seek to qualify on their own terms

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Match facts

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Start time 0930 local (0730GMT)

Big Picture

This was supposed to be a dress rehearsal for the final but it has become an almost must-win match for an Australian side that has been pushed off its No.1 ODI perch. Australia's defeat to Zimbabwe saw on Sunday them tumble dramatically from first to fourth on the rankings. More pressingly for them it meant that unless they beat South Africa in the fifth match of the triangular, their fate regarding the final will not be in their hands.

Should Australia triumph on Tuesday, they will book their place alongside South Africa in Saturday's showdown. If they lose, they have to hope Zimbabwe are not up for another upset against South Africa on Thursday because if that happens, Australia will go home a couple of days earlier than planned. Even if Australia lose and South Africa beat Zimbabwe, it would be far from ideal for Australia to go into the title decider with two defeats against their opponents.

To avoid that, Australia need to play spin far better than they did on Sunday and show more discipline with the ball. The latter should be restored somewhat when they bring back their premier pace bowler Mitchell Johnson.

While Australia contemplate how to go about building their innings sans the man who held it together on Sunday, Michael Clarke, South Africa may take some smug satisfaction that what they warned throughout the last three weeks has finally happened. South Africa's song was that Zimbabwe had to be respected because they may surprise someone, especially in their own conditions.

Just like Australia struggled to adapt to the slow pace of the pitch, South Africa will know that will be a challenge for them as well. Equally, they will be aware that three wins this week could see them take over top spot in the ODI rankings as well the trophy and will no doubt be targeting the double return.

Form guide

(last five completed games most recent first)
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In the spotlight

South Africa's batsmen stole the spotlight in their first match against Australia, which may have left the likes of Dale Steynfeeling a little left out. Steyn enjoys performing for the gallery as much as the stroke-makers and will be itching to leave his mark on the tournament, especially after being rested for the three ODIs against Zimbabwe which preceded it. So far, Steyn has claimed four scalps at 22.50 and his economy is 4.86 runs to the over and he will be keen to crank it up the way Mitchell Starc did against Zimbabwe and add to his wicket tally.

In the absence of a leader, teams often turn to their senior-most player for guidance, even if he is not the captain's substitute. In Australia's case, that person is Brad Haddin. He will be consulted when it comes to strategy and expected to do his bit in the bid for success. Luckily for Australia, that is exactly the kind of player Haddin is. Although he does not have a fifty in this tournament yet, he has performed at the top and in the middle of the order for Australia and gives them much-needed security no matter what the situation.

Team news

With Michael Clarke out of the tournament, the captaincy will go back to George Bailey. Mitchell Marsh had success in the No.3 position earlier in the series so will return there with space created lower down for Steve Smith, especially after he received a glowing recommendation from Clarke for his ability to play spin. Mitchell Johnson should make his return to the XI which will leave two spaces for the other two bowling all-rounders.

Australia: (likely) 1 Aaron Finch, 2 Phillip Hughes, 3 Mitchell Marsh, 4 George Bailey (capt), 5 Glenn Maxwell, 6 Steve Smith 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 and 9 James Faulkner/Kane Richardson/Ben Cutting/, 10 Mitchell Johnson, 11 Nathan Lyon

Provided AB de Villiers' cramp was just that and not a hamstring niggle, he will return to captain South Africa. That may not mean Rilee Rossouw's chances of playing again are completely over. JP Duminy is nursing a knee injury which could give Rossouw an opportunity to score his first international run. Morne Morkel is the other walking wounded. He has a sore shoulder and if he hasn't recovered, it will be a tough call to decide whether South Africa need two spinners or an additional seamer. Either way, it is unlikely Wayne Parnell will be able to force Kyle Abbott out of the side.

South Africa: (likely) 1 Hashim Amla, 2 Quinton de Kock (wk), 3 Faf du Plessis, 4 AB de Villiers (capt), 5 JP Duminy, 6 David Miller, 7 Ryan McLaren, 8 Kyle Abbott, 9 Dale Steyn, 10 Morne Morkel/Aaron Phangiso, 11 Imran Tahir

Pitch and conditions

The surface used for the third match between Australia and Zimbabwe on Sunday was the first time Harare groundstaff re-used a strip in the tournament and all the signs of wear were evident. Run-scoring was slow and there was significant turn which suggests totals will become lower and spinners will have more of a role to play as the final looms. A different pitch will be used for this game but it may also be suffering some fatigue.

Stats and trivia

  • South Africa's successful chase of 328 against Australia last week was their 20th win batting second against Australia. They have lost 27 times while chasing against Australia and defended successfully against them 17 out of 33 times.
  • Australia's defeat to Zimbabwe on Sunday means that both Australia and South Africa have now lost to Zimbabwe twice in their ODI histories.

Quotes

"It was a case of making sure we gave everyone enough game time. It shouldn't matter what side we put out against Zimbabwe, but it did, and we didn't play well enough."
Darren Lehmann defends the exclusion of Steven Smith from the team during their defeat against Zimbabwe

"I just want to get game time, which is what most players want. This is the first lengthy run that I have got with the team so I'm focused on doing well in this series."
South Africa' second specialist spinner Aaron Phangiso is not looking at this competition as a World Cup audition

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • ModernUmpiresPlz on September 2, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    @AlexNag I'd have thought NZ, SA, Aus would be a better tournament.

  • AlexNag on September 2, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    Just like we have the Ashes cup, I think this tournament should be an annually thing and be called the BATTLE OF THE SOUTHERNS.

  • on September 2, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    Though sa not getting the expected result in big tourament but the r the best team in the world since 90's.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on September 2, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    SA vs AUS-SA will win SA vs ZIM-ZIM will win SA vs ZIM(final)-ZIM will win and clinch the triangular trophy and more importantly,the trophy that matters the most(WC2015) will be clinched by the mighty Indians.......

  • ChrisMarx on September 2, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    My word... One loss and all of a sudden some folks are calling the Aussies a walkover. How about you guys save your commens for when after you've played them... Mitch is waiting for you :-) One thing about Aus and SA is that EVERY match matters and every loss hurts. These two sides bring out the best in each other and regardless of what the rankings say are the two best sides in the world in both ODI's and tests. They don't alway win, but the always put up a fight and they always bounce back after setbacks. As a Saffa I am looking forward to another good performance by our boys, but it will have to be special to fight of the Aussies who will be coming at them hard and furious. Should be a good game, with my prediction leaning slightly in favour of an Aussie win today.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on September 2, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    SA vs AUS-SA will win SA vs ZIM-ZIM will win SA vs ZIM(final)-ZIM will win and clinch the triangular trophy and more importantly,the trophy that matters the most(WC2015) will be clinched by the mighty Indians.......

  • dunger.bob on September 2, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    Hey, maybe South Africa will take the easy beats too lightly and we'll sneak in a win! Or we might just play better and get one that way. That would be good.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on September 2, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    Australia vs New papua guinea will be an exciting contest..SA vs Australia is going to be an one sided contest in favour of SA.....

  • Sharath274 on September 2, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    Why the likely XI does not feature Starc? Is he dropped for this match or unfit??

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on September 2, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    this will be a one sided match in favour of SA against this average Australian team..may be Australia vs papua new guinea can be a better contest....

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on September 2, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    @AlexNag I'd have thought NZ, SA, Aus would be a better tournament.

  • AlexNag on September 2, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    Just like we have the Ashes cup, I think this tournament should be an annually thing and be called the BATTLE OF THE SOUTHERNS.

  • on September 2, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    Though sa not getting the expected result in big tourament but the r the best team in the world since 90's.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on September 2, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    SA vs AUS-SA will win SA vs ZIM-ZIM will win SA vs ZIM(final)-ZIM will win and clinch the triangular trophy and more importantly,the trophy that matters the most(WC2015) will be clinched by the mighty Indians.......

  • ChrisMarx on September 2, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    My word... One loss and all of a sudden some folks are calling the Aussies a walkover. How about you guys save your commens for when after you've played them... Mitch is waiting for you :-) One thing about Aus and SA is that EVERY match matters and every loss hurts. These two sides bring out the best in each other and regardless of what the rankings say are the two best sides in the world in both ODI's and tests. They don't alway win, but the always put up a fight and they always bounce back after setbacks. As a Saffa I am looking forward to another good performance by our boys, but it will have to be special to fight of the Aussies who will be coming at them hard and furious. Should be a good game, with my prediction leaning slightly in favour of an Aussie win today.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on September 2, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    SA vs AUS-SA will win SA vs ZIM-ZIM will win SA vs ZIM(final)-ZIM will win and clinch the triangular trophy and more importantly,the trophy that matters the most(WC2015) will be clinched by the mighty Indians.......

  • dunger.bob on September 2, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    Hey, maybe South Africa will take the easy beats too lightly and we'll sneak in a win! Or we might just play better and get one that way. That would be good.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on September 2, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    Australia vs New papua guinea will be an exciting contest..SA vs Australia is going to be an one sided contest in favour of SA.....

  • Sharath274 on September 2, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    Why the likely XI does not feature Starc? Is he dropped for this match or unfit??

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on September 2, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    this will be a one sided match in favour of SA against this average Australian team..may be Australia vs papua new guinea can be a better contest....

  • anver777 on September 2, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    I wonder AUS team will bounce back strongly against Proteas, after their humiliating & unexpected defeat to ZIM !!!!! like to see a close game today !!!

  • Amar4 on September 2, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    I think Mitch marsh should left out. my XI against sa for todays match 1) finch 2)Hughes 3)maxi 4) smith 5) Bailey 6) haddin 7) faulkner 8)johnson 9) cutting 10)stark 11)Lyon. Maxwell should bat at no.3, so he can big and big hundreads.

  • on September 2, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    Why is such a fuss being raised by the Aussies and everyone else about the loss to Zimbabwe? For God's sake Zimbabwe has been playing international cricket for over 30 years now. Why should be a loss to them considered an upset?? If they are such a weak team even now, are the other top cricketing nations to be blamed??? While agreeing to the fact that the country has its own problems- political turmoil, players exodus, etc- we should all be happy that they are winning. This will mean one more competitive team in international cricket. In fact, it is only when more teams win that the real meaning of the word "international" can be justified. Otherwise cricket will remain a niche sport played by a few countries and the Maria Sharapovas of this world will continue to be ignorant that such a sport exists.

  • hmmmmm... on September 2, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    I think that's a bit dramatic - yes they had a shocker but for australia not too qualify zimbawe would have to beat south africa...I don't think that will happen.

    It is a lesson however in not resting on your laurels, with 3 top players out you can't afford to fiddle too much with the formula. The selectors have made a right mess of the side so far - who picks 4 number 7/8 hitteres to fill the middle order - faulkner, marsh, maxwell, smith? I'll give Smith the cred that at least he is a proven fighter and can actually bowl a bit, and faulkner has teh potential to be a bowling all rounder. Maxwell (who was terrible bowling his darts) or marsh, would never be picked on their bowling or batting alone. There are several actual batsmen to step in for warner, watson, clarke - look at Cam White or Khawajia who were blazing up the ryobi cup last year but completely out of consideration.

  • on September 2, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    australia have taken there foot of the peddle in the last couple of matches scoring 327 against south africa there bowlers thought that the job was done and were not ruefull enough against Zimbabwe it was the batting that let Australia down Australia were ranked number 1 in odi a week ago and with there backs to the wall will beat south Africa today good things in my opinion

  • Swan_Draught on September 2, 2014, 4:29 GMT

    1. Hughes 2. Finch 3. Marsh 4. Smith 5. Bailey 6. Maxwell 7. Haddin+ 8. Johnson 9. Starc 10. Richardson 11. Lyon

    Pick bowlers for their bowling and not for their batting- so no more Faulkner. Smith is not suited for the lower odder slogger role so give him an opportunity at 4.

    Marsh bats at 3. It's a good experience for him and it makes for an easy switch when Watto returns to the ODI team.

    In regards to the world cup I'm not that concerned about Hughes' inability to play spin on turners because we won't get any turners in Australia or Auckland where we play all our games. Warner and Shaun Marsh will be available for selection anyway.

    We can't blame any of the death bowling for the defeat against Zimbabwe. Starc bowled well and with Johnson and McKay is in our best ODI XI. Though I hope the selectors are considering Ryan Harris for the world cup.

  • xtrafalgarx on September 2, 2014, 4:00 GMT

    Starc hasn't been that bad. I'm confident he will be top class performer in the limited overs forms of the game soon. He is still expensive sometimes, but if you think back to where he was a few years ago, he has improved a lot.

  • fazald on September 2, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    It's going to be a tough task for Australia to beat South Africa with this depleted side due to injuries to several of their good players who couldn't make it on this tour. Unlike South Africa having not played any cricket since the T20 World Cup in April it's going to take the aussies sometime before they settle down to their strokeplay and conditions in Zimbabwe. Their inability to adjust to the slow wickets and with this makeshift bowling attack it is going to be very difficuilt to beat the Proteas and win this 50 overs triangular. Their confidence too would have been severely dented after the loss to minnows Zimbabwe two days ago. With captain Michael Clarke having to return home due to injury the task is even more difficuilt now.If they are to win this tournament as in the previous game their batsmen will have to make a big total and their bowlers especially Johnson and Lyon will have to make a big impression.

  • Gurudumu on September 2, 2014, 3:55 GMT

    I believe Boof is 'looking at' different players before settling on a batting line-up for World Cup. Australia has a formidable ODI team with the caveat that they select the right team.

  • DragonCricketer on September 2, 2014, 1:07 GMT

    Cant Australia bring back Hussey or something? Maybe Katich? Greg Chappell?

  • Greatest_Game on September 2, 2014, 0:08 GMT

    Joel Garner's 18.84 is the record for the Best ODI Bowling Average, & stood for 27 years since his retirement in 1987. In 2012, Ryan Harris almost broke it: his ave dropped to 18.90, just 0.06 behind Garner's.

    Qualification for the record is 1000 balls bowled. In the last Zimbabwe vs South Africa ODI, a bowler ended his spell having bowled exactly 1000 ODI balls, & thus qualified for the record's list. He went straight to the top with a stunning ave of 17.82, a FULL RUN better than the great Joel Garner!

    Who could this be? Mr. Smoking-Six Hat-Trick Prosper Utseya? Dale Steyn? Morne Morkel? No. The Best ODI Bowling Ave is, for now, that of the enigmatic & much underestimated Mohammad Imran Tahir.

    This is not Tahir's only record. In the relentless global pursuit of his cricketing goals, Imran set the unique record of representing the most 1st class, List A & Twenty20 teams - a staggering 28 at last count!

    I guess he got a lot of practice and experience, playing in all those teams?

  • on September 2, 2014, 0:00 GMT

    if Zimbabwe would have won against SA this would have been a cracker of a contest since that didn't hpn. . SA go on field as fav. .AUS may lose this as they have no Clarke who would have tackled tahir if its a same track then Tahir will b a big threat along wit phangiso and duminy .

  • Flemo_Gilly on September 1, 2014, 23:51 GMT

    The selectors and the coach are not just trying to win games here regardless of what they say. They are taking a look at certain players for the future, that's why a more experienced head like Haddin wasn't put up the line-up in place of Marsh. I have faith in boof in making the right calls and can we please replace Hughes after this series as he handles spin worse then a club cricketer.

  • on September 1, 2014, 23:40 GMT

    @BellCurve - Agree with you - South Africa always have the strongest side on paper but they are not a champion side - They will always be the team that builds expectations while India or Australia will always run away with the trophy.

  • on September 1, 2014, 23:14 GMT

    Hughes weakness against spinners means he's not looking likely for WC selection with Warner to return. Smith needs to bat 3 in this game to add stability to the top order. I'd leave out starc based on inaccuracy when defending a total and Richardson.

  • VivGilchrist on September 1, 2014, 21:51 GMT

    I've been really disappointed with both Starc and Faulkner of late, mainly because I thought they were going to be stars, but have seriously underperformed since there return from injuries. Aussies need to find a death bowler and quick, because we are proving that we have trouble defending totals.

  • gimme-a-greentop on September 1, 2014, 20:45 GMT

    The Australians really struggled to score against Williams, who is a left-armer like Phangiso. It doesn't automatically follow that Phangiso will do the same, but I'd definitely play 2 front-line spinners, with JP as the third. Let Morne rest, even though he's one who can extract something from even the most lifeless wicket (like Johnson). The Aussies grew up clouting pace.

  • on September 1, 2014, 20:18 GMT

    Aussie will lose again tomorrow,SA are a better side though their perennial problem has been "choking",as such if they avercome that,then they are the favourites to win WC,but of course indians,WI and ENG are formidable sides.Zim needs such matches to improve and with more funancial support they will soon become a cricket powerhouse!

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on September 1, 2014, 20:11 GMT

    I'm not close enough to SA to know what they have in reserve but that looks pretty much their full strength side. By the time the World Cup comes around Australia will add Warner, Watson , Smith, Johnson , Harris (averages under 19 in ODI's) & Coulter-Nile to the team that were deservedly beaten by Zimbabwe. A few that underachieved yesterday will hopefully be well aware that they are making a mess of their chances and bounce back here. Just need a bit of support from the selectors in picking a better balanced team.

  • on September 1, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    Faulkner has made some extraordinary game-saving efforts for Australia.

    Phillip Hughes deserves further chances but he, along with most others in the team, needs to improve against spin.

  • BellCurve on September 1, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    SA has the best Top6 in the world. The combination of accumulation/attack, left/right and youth/experience is just about pitch perfect. The bowling lineup is also coming together nicely. This team will go to next year's world cup as favourites. I don't believing in choking so my money will be on the Proteas.

  • PRAMOD_2012 on September 1, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    Clarke will be missed by Australia. All other batsmen looks dynamic & attacking but stability gives you assurance. I am huge fan of M Marsh and very happy to see him getting more opportunities.

  • on September 1, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    Surely, Australia can bounce back and get win over south Africa, My all money be at Australia tomorrow?- u all shud keep in urs mind, I was never in empty pocket in my life

  • and1son on September 1, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    I'm a Zim fan but will be neutral for this game. But if SA win and rest players in the last, thus allowing Zim to qualify, Aussies will cry foul (as I would if I was from Aus). But I expect Aus to bounce back. I think the chasing team will win because I think the team setting the score will have demons of maybe not being a good batting pitch and putting up something under par.

    Also the thing is, even though Tahir is a better spinner overrall, Zim's part-time spinners are better than SA and Aus from necessity of the pace bowlers not being up to par. I remember when Utseya and Price started the spin trend when they opened the bowling both ends just a few yrs back. For me only Mpofu (injured) and Chatara are consistent with Vitori and Panyangara the best of the rest

  • on September 1, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    We're not going to win too many with that top 3. If Marsh bats up there again we'll get what we deserve. Not really sure why people are bagging Faulkner, he's won us several matches both with bat and ball, he has had a quiet series so far but he has far better variations with the ball than Marsh and Cutting and has proven he can take us home with the bat quite spectacularly. He is clearly our best allrounder in ODI cricket. A few slow matches doesn't change that.

  • on September 1, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    Faulkner is yet to prove himself with the ball. with Mitch marsh being a stronger batting prospect and adequate bowler, along with Ben cutting (a far superior Bowler) and his late order hitting, that should be a much more balanced team.

  • yorkaus on September 1, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    Australia has to stick with Starc in place of Richardson and Faulkner. Johnson, Starc, Cutting & Lyon the 4 main bowlers with Marsh, Smith and Maxwell to share all-rounder duties. Toss of a coin between Cutting and Faulkner but would like to see Cutting get another game to see what he has got.

  • xtrafalgarx on September 1, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    A new day, a new hope. There is no reason why we can't overcome out hiccup and comeback stronger and not only win this match, but the series. Go Australia.

  • AlexNag on September 1, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    Being a Zimbabwean generally I would want SA to beat the Aussies. But I feel for them. With all the resources and expectation on their shoulders it must be very tough. Should it be a Zim v SA final surely many questions will be asked about the depth of this Aussie side. For Zimbabwe I sincerely hope the players will be paid so that they go to Bangladesh focused and eventually the WC as well. Brandon Taylor initially seemed to be shaken by removal of his captaincy but has come to his own and hope he performs big against SA. For now go SA go but later on Go ZIM go

  • D-Train on September 1, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    Faulkner has gotta go. His bowling is ordinary. The only wickets he gets are cheapies. His batting is wasted at no. 8. If you're going to have an all-rounder at 8 i'd rather have Ben Cutting. He's going to give you just as much value with the bat in the last 10 as what Faulkner would.

  • on September 1, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    Come on SA dont choke now when we need you the most! Win this match and give zimbabwe another day to fight for something worthwhile....

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  • on September 1, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    Come on SA dont choke now when we need you the most! Win this match and give zimbabwe another day to fight for something worthwhile....

  • D-Train on September 1, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    Faulkner has gotta go. His bowling is ordinary. The only wickets he gets are cheapies. His batting is wasted at no. 8. If you're going to have an all-rounder at 8 i'd rather have Ben Cutting. He's going to give you just as much value with the bat in the last 10 as what Faulkner would.

  • AlexNag on September 1, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    Being a Zimbabwean generally I would want SA to beat the Aussies. But I feel for them. With all the resources and expectation on their shoulders it must be very tough. Should it be a Zim v SA final surely many questions will be asked about the depth of this Aussie side. For Zimbabwe I sincerely hope the players will be paid so that they go to Bangladesh focused and eventually the WC as well. Brandon Taylor initially seemed to be shaken by removal of his captaincy but has come to his own and hope he performs big against SA. For now go SA go but later on Go ZIM go

  • xtrafalgarx on September 1, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    A new day, a new hope. There is no reason why we can't overcome out hiccup and comeback stronger and not only win this match, but the series. Go Australia.

  • yorkaus on September 1, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    Australia has to stick with Starc in place of Richardson and Faulkner. Johnson, Starc, Cutting & Lyon the 4 main bowlers with Marsh, Smith and Maxwell to share all-rounder duties. Toss of a coin between Cutting and Faulkner but would like to see Cutting get another game to see what he has got.

  • on September 1, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    Faulkner is yet to prove himself with the ball. with Mitch marsh being a stronger batting prospect and adequate bowler, along with Ben cutting (a far superior Bowler) and his late order hitting, that should be a much more balanced team.

  • on September 1, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    We're not going to win too many with that top 3. If Marsh bats up there again we'll get what we deserve. Not really sure why people are bagging Faulkner, he's won us several matches both with bat and ball, he has had a quiet series so far but he has far better variations with the ball than Marsh and Cutting and has proven he can take us home with the bat quite spectacularly. He is clearly our best allrounder in ODI cricket. A few slow matches doesn't change that.

  • and1son on September 1, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    I'm a Zim fan but will be neutral for this game. But if SA win and rest players in the last, thus allowing Zim to qualify, Aussies will cry foul (as I would if I was from Aus). But I expect Aus to bounce back. I think the chasing team will win because I think the team setting the score will have demons of maybe not being a good batting pitch and putting up something under par.

    Also the thing is, even though Tahir is a better spinner overrall, Zim's part-time spinners are better than SA and Aus from necessity of the pace bowlers not being up to par. I remember when Utseya and Price started the spin trend when they opened the bowling both ends just a few yrs back. For me only Mpofu (injured) and Chatara are consistent with Vitori and Panyangara the best of the rest

  • on September 1, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    Surely, Australia can bounce back and get win over south Africa, My all money be at Australia tomorrow?- u all shud keep in urs mind, I was never in empty pocket in my life

  • PRAMOD_2012 on September 1, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    Clarke will be missed by Australia. All other batsmen looks dynamic & attacking but stability gives you assurance. I am huge fan of M Marsh and very happy to see him getting more opportunities.