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International Cricket - Cricket: England vs South Africa first ODI preview

A relentless summer of English cricket continues at the Riverside Ground on Tuesday as England and South Africa lock horns in the first of three one-day internationals.

Jos Buttler's England will be looking to bounce back from a 2-1 series defeat to India in the format last time out, while the Proteas have been readying themselves for the series with warm-up matches against England Lions.


England vs South Africa - 1st ODI


Riverside Ground, Durham


Tuesday 19th July, 2022

How to watch

Sky Sports Main Event / Cricket


England 8/15, South Africa 6/4

Work to do for Buttler and his team

Buttler has endured a tough start to life as England's new white-ball captain, losing 2-1 in their Twenty20 series with India before losing their ODI series by the same scoreline, but this encounter with South Africa could offer them a decent chance of bouncing back.

There were still plenty of positives to take from the ODI series loss to India with England having won the second match of that series at Old Trafford by 100 runs, while Reece Topley hit a rich vein of form with figures of 6-24 in that match and 3-35 in the decider.

It is also worth noting that England are second in the world ODI standings whereas upcoming opponents South Africa are sixth and lost their most recent series in the format 2-1 to Bangladesh back in March, so at 8/15 England could be a decent selection to win this contest.

Potts could star if Topley is not involved

Ahead of the three-match tussle with South Africa, England have brought Adil Rashid into both of their white-ball squads while Matthew Potts has also been included in the ODI squad for the first time in his career.

And while Topley is the man of the moment for England right now, there have been suggestions he could be rested for this series opener, although he is priced at 21/10 to be his side's top wicket-taker.

If Topley does miss out, debutant Potts could be a great selection at 4/1 to be England's top bowler.

Durham paceman Potts could make his ODI debut for England at his home ground at Chester-le-Street and he has enjoyed a pretty good year so far, having thrived in England's Test set-up.

Potts has taken 18 wickets in only four Test matches for England so far and will be eager to make an impact in the sport's shorter formats too.

Buttler the pick of England batsmen

England were far from barnstorming with the bat in their series with India last time out but, following a tricky T20 series in which he was troubled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Buttler steadied himself in the ODIs.

In the three-match series, he put on totals of 30, four and 60 but was also one of his country's most explosive performers at the crease against the Netherlands as recently as June.

In that series, which featured a record-breaking total of 498 from England, Buttler fired unbeaten scores of 162 and 86 and could well inflict some damage again when facing a South Africa attack missing Kagiso Rabada.

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Van der Dussen looks to build on warm-up performance

South Africa dazzled with a total of 360 in their latest match with England Lions in the build-up to their ODI series with a number of willow-wielders posting big scores.

Heinrich Klaasen was the pick of their batsmen with 123 while T20 Blast talent Stephen Eskinazi (52*) and Andile Phehlukwayo (67) also enjoyed great afternoons.

And the ever-reliable Rassie van der Dussen was not short of runs either, posting 61 off 52 balls in that warm-up match, while he has averaged 52.66 in ODIs for his country this year.

Back in the 2019 World Cup, he demonstrated an affinity for English conditions with 311 runs in six innings despite South Africa's disappointing performance and he looks worth a bet in his side's top batter market at 4/1.

It remains to be seen exactly how South Africa will line up for this contest but they are set to be without Temba Bavuma, who is nursing a hand injury, while star Quinton de Kock has been out of action recently with a bruised finger.

He is nonetheless rated 13/5 to top score for his team with Reeza Hendricks available at 7/2 and Janneman Malan 7/2.

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