Australia Vs. South Africa Twenty20 Betting Tips
They have teams in the AFL and the NRL, and they’ve also hosted clubs in the National Basketball League, A-League, and Australian Rugby Championship. On Saturday, the Gold Coast will give another sport a crack when it hosts its first ever international cricket match: Australia v South Africa in a one-off Twenty20 fixture at Metricon Stadium.
The Gold Coast is notorious for being something of a graveyard for sports teams. Officials from Cricket Australia and Queensland Cricket, along with cricket fans from all around Australia, will hope for better fortunes for the Gold Coast and the struggling Australian cricket side this weekend.
Can Australia’s T20 Team Defy Bad Form?
Australia is currently ranked higher (3th) in the ICCs official T20I rankings than in either the Test (5th) or ODI rankings (6th), which is quite incredible given Australia’s traditional dominance of the Test and ODI arenas and its relatively weaker history in Twenty20. The Aussies are currently favourites for the Twenty20 World Cup, to be played in Australia in 2020, with bet365 offering 3.75 for Australia to win the tournament, and South Africa on the fourth line of betting at 7.00.
But if the Aussies (Ladbrokes: 1.80 to win) are to beat South Africa (Ladbrokes: 2.00 to win) on Saturday, they’ll have to turn around a disastrous 2018 season that has seen them lose 11 of 13 ODIs and lose 3-1 in a test series in South Africa. Australia’s Twenty20 results have been mixed this year: they lost 3-0 to Pakistan in October and 1-0 to England in June, but won all 4 matches in a series with England and New Zealand in February.
Aussies Bringing in New Faces
With a Test series to begin against India later in the month, head coach Justin Langer and the selectors have left out bowlers Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, and Mitchell Marsh. Langer said he’d prefer his bowlers to play in the Sheffield Shield over the next couple of weeks and give experience to a few newer faces in the T20.
The 13-man squad for the one-off T20 fixture is as follows: Aaron Finch (captain), Alex Carey (vice captain), Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, and Adam Zampa. Neds is offering odds of 3.50 on Finch top scoring for Australia, 3.75 on Tye taking the most wickets for Australia, and 8.00 on Finch being man of the match.
VIDEO: The #Proteas won a sensational series-clinching victory in Hobart by downing the Aussies to the tune of 40 runs, but both teams delighted the crowds with their six-hitting abilities during the series. #AUSvSA https://t.co/Y7DQArMINi— SA Cricket magazine (@SACricketmag) November 13, 2018
The visiting Proteas are expected to go in with a similar squad to the one that defeated Australia 2-1 in last week’s one-day international series, given this is their last hit-out before a home test against Pakistan in Johannesburg starting Boxing Day. Pointsbet is offering 3.75 odds on star batsman Quinton de Kock being South Africa’s top scorer, and 4.00 each on Imran Tahir or Kagiso Radaba being South Africa’s highest wicket taker.