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Aussies searching for pride in Port Elizabeth

Sat, Oct 8, 8:13am by Head Editor

Preview: South Africa v Australia, Fourth ODI

Date and Time: Sunday, October 9, 7:00 pm AEST

Venue: St Georges Park, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

TV: Fox Sports

The Proteas record-breaking run chase at Durban on Wednesday night handed the home team an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series with a shot at an unprecedented whitewash, coach Darren Lehmann pointed the finger of blame fairly at his bowlers.

The teams now move to Port Elizabeth where Sportsbet has installed South Africa as a $1.67 to pile more pain on the Aussies who are at $2.22.

Lehmann refused to make excuses for the bowling attack that featured three uncapped players and none of whom who had more than 40 ODI wickets to his name. The batsmen certainly did their job earlier in the day when David Warner and Steve Smith both posted centuries to lift the Aussies to a massive total of 371.

The successful run-chase is second only to the landmark pursuit of 434 in the same fixture with the same result back in 2006. The Proteas were seemingly out of the match when they fell to 5-217 in the 32nd over, before David Miller steered the hosts home with a brilliant century.

The Aussies are without much of their first choice pace attack for this series and it is showing. Paceman Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazelwood, James Pattinson, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile and all-rounder James Faulkner are all on the sidelines.

This obviously means the world champions were lacking significantly in fire power but the likes of Chris Tremain, Daniel Worrall and John Hastings must take these opportunities when they arise.

In an amazing stat, the make-shift bowling attack has taken a combined 16-1028 and conceded on average 7.5 runs an over in the three matches in the series so far. There really is nowhere to hide for the bowlers, the score that the batsmen posted on Wednesday in Durban should have been enough.

One man who was at the forefront of that innings and can hold his head up high is Warner. He’s got a great record against South Africa which has continued this series where he’s averaging almost 70. I’m backing him to continue that good run here.

BEST BET: David Warner for most runs for Australia: $4.20


Sportsbet Market:


South Africa $1.67

Australia $2.22

Top South Africa Runscorer:

Quinton de Kock $4.00

Hashim Amla $4.20

Francois du Plessis $5.00

Rilee Rossouw $6.00

JP Duminy $7.50

David Miller $8

Farhaan Behardien $26.00

Dwaine Pretorius $20.00

Andile Phehlukwayo $31.00

Kyle Abbott $67.00

Dale Steyn $71.00

Aaron Phangiso $101.00

Kagiso Rabada $101.00

Imran Tahir $101.00

Tabraiz Shamsi $101.00

Top Australian Runscorer 

David Warner $4.20

Steven Smith $4.50

Usman Khawaja $5

Aaron Finch $4.50

Shaun Marsh $5.00

George Bailey $5.50

Mitchell Marsh $7

Travis Head $9.50

Matthew Wade $19.00

John Hastings $26.00

Joe Mennie $101.00

Adam Zampa $101.00

Chris Tremain $101.00

Scott Boland $101.00

Daniel Worrall $101.00

Top Wicket Taker – South Africa

Kagiso Rabada $5.00

Imran Tahir $3.75

Dale Steyn $4.50

Kyle Abbott $5.00

Andile Phehlukwayo $5.00

Wayne Parnell $5.00

Tabraiz Shamsi $5.50

Dwaine Pretorius $5.50

Aaron Phangiso $6.00

JP Duminy $7.00

Farhaan Behardien $8.00

Top Wicket Taker – Australia

John Hastings $4.00

Adam Zampa $3.75

Scott Boland $5.50

Daniel Worrall $5.00

Chris Tremain $5.00

Joe Mennie $6.00

Mitchell Marsh $6.50

Travis Head $10.00

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