Australia v South Africa t20 Betting Predictions, Odds and Bonus
November 13, 2018
Australia will be looking to turn around its summer when it takes on South Africa in a one-off T20 fixture on the Gold Coast on Saturday, followed by a 3-match T20 series against India in Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne.
The Aussies went down 2-1 to South Africa in the 3-match one-day international series that ended Sunday. Their T20 form has been poor, to say the least. They went down 3-0 to Pakistan in the UAE in October and lost to England in a one-off T20 match in June.
However, the Aussies are still ranked third in the ICC Twenty20 rankings, thanks to a strong start to the year which saw them win the Trans-Tasman Twenty20 Trophy with a perfect 4-0 record over England and New Zealand. South Africa, second in the ICC test rankings, are poorer at the shortest form of the game and rank sixth in the world T20 standings.
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Several Test Players out of Aussie T20 Squad
With an all-important Test series against India to start in late November, Justin Langer and the selectors decided to leave bowlers Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, and Mitchell Marsh out of the T20 squad.
“While I know all four have a desire to be playing cricket for Australia in every format, with a really tough Test series against India coming up, we believe their best preparation is to go back and get some really good cricket under their belts in the Sheffield Shield,” Langer told media.
Marcus Stoinis and Jason Behrendorff come into the squad for Marsh and Lyon, while medium-pacer Ben McDermott – step-son of former Australian fast bowler Craig McDermott – also comes into the squad.
Aaron Finch will lead the T20 side in the upcoming four games, with Alex Carey to serve as his vice-captain. Rounding out the 13-man squad are: Behrendorff, McDermott, Stoinis, Ashton Agar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Andrew Tye, and Adam Zampa.
South Africa has yet to name a squad for this match, but they will have less reason to rest players given their next fixture is more than a month away – against Pakistan in a home test on December 26. The Proteas may shuffle around a few players after their ODI series win in order to get game time into some of the less-used members of the squad that came to Australia for this summer series.
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Australia will go in a slight favourite with the bookies for what will be the first ever international cricket match at Metricon Stadium, home of the AFL’s Gold Coast Suns. Cricket Australia, Queensland Cricket, and Metricon Stadium came together to install the first ever drop-in wickets at a Queensland venue.
Will the Aussies win on this historic occasion for Queensland cricket? Betstar, Madbookie, and TopBetta are all quoting head-to-head odds of 1.80 for Australia and 2.00 for South Africa. Online bookmakers will offer additional betting options closer to game time, once full squads are known.