South Africa bat in first one-day international against England
27 January 2023, 07:27 pm | Updated: 07 December 2023, 12:56 pm
South Africa won the toss and decided to bat in the first one-day international against England at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein on Friday, reports AFP.
Batsman Harry Brook was named in the England team, adding a first ODI cap to those he has already earned in Tests and T20 internationals.
Fast bowler Jofra Archer returned from a long injury-enforced absence for his first one-day international since September 2020.
The three-match series is part of the International Cricket Council's World Cup Super League, from which the top eight teams will qualify for the World Cup in India in October and November.
With South Africa still not assured of qualification, captain Temba Bavuma said: "It's a big World Cup year and we want to collect as many points as we can."
England captain Jos Buttler said he probably would have chosen to bowl if he had won the toss. "We fancy a chase," he said.
Although defending champions England are guaranteed a place in the World Cup in India in October and November, Buttler said the series was important. "We don't have many games before the World Cup so these are crucial games for us."
South Africa: Temba Bavuma (capt), Quinton de Kock (wkt), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Sisanda Magala, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi.
England: Jos Buttler (capt, wkt), Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Ben Duckett, Harry Brook, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Olly Stone.
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