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Australia vs South Africa ODI series: Coach Langer and Captain Finch all set for first ODI series win in 21 months as they face The Proteas

South Africa is all set to face Australia for a three-match ODI series in November. With this series, the busy cricketing season down under starts.

South Africa will be relishing the challenge who last played Zimbabwe in October. They will look to get some wins under the belt before the Cricket World Cup in England next year. Australia, on the other hand, had a humiliating tour of Pakistan where they failed to win a single match. They lost the Test as well as the T20 series last month.

South Africa did not have a promising start to the tour as they were humbled by Prime Ministers XI in a warm-up match. The visitors lost the match by 4 wickets.

Australia hasn’t won a single one-day international series in the last 21 months. You have to go back to the series against Pakistan in Jan 2017 when they won 4-1. Since then on, Australia has been rocked by the ball-tampering scandal and a number of unsuccessful tours.

Australia will be looking to gain some momentum before the Indian cricket team arrives later this month. Aaron Finch will be spearheading the Australian side as he took the captain’s armband from Tim Paine as the latter got sacked by the board.

The return of Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood brings a sigh of relief in the Aussie camp. however, South Africa has a major concern in the form of Hashim Amla & JP Duminy. Both players are carrying knocks and it’s unsure if they will be able to start.

It is what it is. The first ODI match kicks off on 4th November in Perth. Coach Langer and Captain Finch have a huge test on their hands and they have to dig out a series win. South Africa is a force to be reckoned with and it looks like there are tough times ahead for Australia.

SQUADS

Australia

Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (vc), Josh Hazlewood, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, D’Arcy Short, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa

South Africa

Faf du Plessis (c), Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Heinrich Klaasen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn

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Gourav Pilania is the Head of Content at ThinkQuant. He is also a guest writer for India Today and can be followed on twitter @pilania_gourav.

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