South Africa team after winning the neck-to-neck ODI series at home against England © Getty Images
South Africa team after winning the neck-to-neck ODI series at home against England © Getty Images

Reigning world champions Australia are all set to visit South Africa for a 3-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series and it will not be easy for the visitors to cope with the hosts looking at the current numbers. South Africa last played England at home where they defeated the tourists in both the limited-over series and the results establish them as one of the strongest teams in the shorter formats of the game. Not only the England series, but South Africa also enjoyed playing in Indian conditions during their visit to the hosts of ICC World T20 2016 and the experience gathered will also help the Proteas. READ: South Africa vs Australia 2016: Australia to target AB de Villiers

South Africa’s success will however depend on AB de Villiers. The extraordinarily talented cricketer is the pillar of Proteas batting and proved his mettle during the One-Day International (ODI) and T20I series against England. De Villiers scored a 29-ball 71 in the final T20I match of the series, which helped his side win the match with 5.2 overs still remaining. Another mesmerising performance came from the cricketer as he scored a match-winning 97-ball 101 after the top-order collapsed and remained unbeaten in the ODI series decider and gifted the victory to the side. Apart from his batting, de Villiers is somebody the side can rely upon as far as fielding is considered. The player has made many impossible looking catches and run-outs possible with his flexibility, presence of mind and precision timing. READ: Dale Steyn announces himself fit for T20I series against Australia

Apart from de Villiers, the South African batting has many hard hitters. Faf du Plessis, the T20I skipper, is one batsman who can play sensible cricket, along with Hashim Amla. The side has a dependable all-rounder in JP Duminy, who can turn things around with his batting as well as bowling. Rilee Rossouw and David Miller, the two middle-order batsmen, are also known for their important quick-fire innings and their ability to hit sixes. Chris Morris has also played an important role recently and proved himself to be an all-rounder the side needs to have as he took South Africa to a last ball victory in the first T20I against England and bagged to crucial wickets in the following match.

The South Africa bowling attack is also quite strengthened for the series as the experienced Dale Steyn is all set to make a comeback after recovering from his injury. The side has Kagiso Rabada stunned the England team with his skills with the ball and will be one bowler that the side will depend a lot on. The pace attack is complete with Kyle Abbott and David Wiese. Imran Tahir, their most dependable spinner is also in a very good form as he took 5 wickets in the 2 T20Is. Wiese, apart from his bowling, has the ability to add good amount of runs batting down the order.

With the able players, and more importantly with all of them in form, The South Africa team is sure to give a scare for the visiting Australia team and a victory against South Africa on foreign soil will give Australia a great boost of confidence before the ICC World T20 2016.

(Paulami Chakraborty, a singer, dancer, artist, and photographer, loves the madness of cricket and writes about the game. She can be followed on Twitter at @Polotwitts)