Published: 17.01.2017

Australia v South Africa 1st T20 Betting Tips

On Wednesday 5th November, Australia will host the first of eight straight meetings with South Africa. Game One of the T20 International Series will take place at the Adelaide Oval, in Adelaide, and the hosts are the pre-match favourites.

Australia can be backed at a price of 1.80 with BetVictor, while South Africa are available at 2.30 with BetEasy. There isn’t much in the prices, but momentum is key. Momentum is something South Africa certainly do not have going in to this game.

The hope was that the tour would provide some momentum and build confidence, but the visitors started their tour with a disappointing loss in their warm up outing, as CA XI beat them in a T20 warm-up game.

South Africa fell 22 runs short of victory after being bowled out for 167, failing to match the 189/5 return set by the host side.

South Africa will play three T20 matches and a five match one-day series in Australia. It’s all part of their preparation ahead of next years World Cup, which will take place here (and New Zealand) during February and March.

Momentum is key to take in to the series games following the T20, and of course a good set of results against their tough to beat at home hosts would set the Proteas in good stead before the World Cup.

Although momentum may be important, it’s also a good chance for both sides to evaluate their squad depth ahead of the tournament, as South Africa have a number of untested fringe players who could feature in the coming weeks, such as Ryan McLaren.

The T20 squad in particular is full of young and unfamiliar faces, and JP Duminy has challenged them in the press this week to steak a claim for their spot. Although South Africa’s test team seems fairly obvious at this point, it’s a golden opportunity for the youngsters.

Whilst the aim for South Africa is to test the depth of an already talented squad, Australia will be keen to find a way to tighten up their extremely soft bowling attack.

Australia have been torn apart once again this week in UAE, and although the T20 doesn’t offer a perfect scenario to hone their bowling skills, Australia need to think of something and fast.

Australia’s batting was also particularly poor in this series, so it is slightly harder to determine just how bad the Aussie slow bowlers were no match for Pakistan, who’s spinners dominated.

A better score from those batting (and not just Warner) would relieve a lot of the pressure on the bowlers, but their performance can only be defended to a certain degree.

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