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South Africa v England third ODI preview: World champions out to avoid 3-0 series defeat

South Africa have won the first two ODIs against 50-over world champions England and they are aiming to seal a 3-0 clean sweep in Kimberley on Wednesday.

Jos Buttler's England have been in strong positions in the opening games, both of which took place in Bloemfontein, and they are 8/11 to beat their 11/10 hosts in the third ODI at the Diamond Oval, which is available to watch on our Sports Live Streaming platform.

WhatSouth Africa v England, 3rd ODI
WhereDiamond Oval, Kimberley, South Africa
When11:00, Wednesday 1st February
How to watchLive on Sky Sports and bet365's Sports Live Streaming
OddsSouth Africa 11/10, England 8/11

Fast bowlers could dazzle at Diamond Oval

England will defend their World Cup crown in India this autumn but they have started their 2023 ODI schedule with back-to-back defeats to a South Africa side who had lost their last home series against Bangladesh.

The Proteas have stepped up to the challenge although England were architects of their own downfall in the first ODI, collapsing from 146 for no wicket to 271 all out when chasing 299 for victory.

In Sunday's second ODI, the England bowlers were made to suffer as Temba Bavuma's century and an unbeaten 58 off 37 balls from David Miller powered South Africa to an excellent run-chase of 343.

Jofra Archer, returning from a long injury layoff, took 1-81 off his 10 overs in the first ODI and was rested for the second game. 

However, Chris Woakes (0-60 from 6.1 overs) and Reece Topley (0-74 from nine overs) failed to impress on Sunday so Archer may return to the 11 in Kimberley and he is 6/5 to take more than 1.5 wickets in the Bowler Total Match Wickets.

South Africa have not played an ODI at the Diamond Oval since 2018, when Lungi Ngidi claimed 3-19 as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 117. The previous year fellow fast bowler Kagiso Rabada picked up 4-43 against Bangladesh and he is 3/1 to be South Africa's Team - Top Bowler with Ngidi at 15/4.

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Mixed fortunes for England openers in first two ODIs

England are without 2019 World Cup winners Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root and Ben Stokes as well as explosive all-rounder Liam Livingstone, so there is an unfamiliar look to their batting line-up on this tour.

Openers Dawid Malan and Jason Roy, who both grew up in South Africa, shared a rollicking stand of 146 in 19.3 overs in the first ODI but they looked far less comfortable in Sunday's game when Roy was bowled by a cracking delivery from Ngidi.

Malan hit a four and a six before being pinned lbw by Wayne Parnell and the England openers were overshadowed by their counterparts as Bavuma and Quinton de Kock raced to 74-0 off 11 overs.

De Kock was out for 31, having suffered a thumb injury while keeping wicket earlier in the day, and South Africa will not want to take any risks with the fitness of one of their key men.

If the left-hander is passed fit then he should pose a major threat to England. De Kock averages 60 after 17 ODIs against them, smashed an unbeaten 168 off 145 balls in the 2017 win over Bangladesh in Kimberley, and is 3/1 to be South Africa's Team - Top Batter on Wednesday.

Brilliant Brook bids to nail down ODI spot

Harry Brook has not endured many setbacks during his spectacular rise from Yorkshire youngster to all-format star for England but he was dismissed for a duck on his ODI debut in the series opener in Bloemfontein.

Brook is an outstanding talent, as he showed when scoring 153, 87, 9, 108 and 111 in England's December Test series in Pakistan, so it was no surprise to see him bounce back with a powerful knock of 80 off 75 balls on Sunday.

Along with skipper Buttler, who made 94 not out, he rebuilt the England innings after a sticky start, hitting seven fours and four sixes, although he would have been disappointed with the manner of his dismissal, caught on the boundary off part-time spinner Aiden Markram.

Brook is determined to nail down his spot at number four in the ODI team so he is well worth considering at 9/2 to be England's Team - Top Batter in the third ODI.

He is 7/2 to be England's Player to Score Most 6s - Team, as he was in the second ODI, although 12/1 shot Sam Curran cleared the ropes three times in his 17-ball 28 on Sunday.

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