Mitchell Johnson will be a key figure for Australia as he will be leading the bowling attack against South Africa in the first ODI © AFP
Mitchell Johnson will be a key figure for Australia as he will be leading the bowling attack against South Africa in the first ODI © AFP

Nov 14, 2014

Australia and South Africa will be challenging India’s No.1 spot in the ICC One-Day International (ODI) team rankings when they go head-to-head in a five-match series in Perth on Friday.

In the three Twenty 20 Internationals (T20Is) played prior to the ODI series, Australia clinched a 2-1 victory. However, several key players AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Dale Steyn, George Bailey and Michael Clarke were missing in action in the T20Is. They will be back in their respective line ups  in the 50 overs format.

If Australia win the series 3-2, they will finish on 115 points while South Africa will drop to 114. However, if the series result is reversed, South Africa will end up on 116 and Australia on 113. In the event of Australia winning the series 4-1, they will rise to 117 points and South Africa will slip to 112 while the Proteas’ victory by the same margin will put them on 118 with the host side dropping to 111.

Squads:

South Africa: AB de Villiers (c), Hashim Amla, Kyle Abbott, Quinton de Kock (wk), Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Vernon Philander, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn.

Australia: Michael Clarke (c), George Bailey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade (wk), David Warner, Shane Watson.

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