Live Cricket Score: England vs South Africa, 1st ODI match at Cardiff

South Africans have enough quality bowlers to knock their hosts from pole position for the second time in quick succession Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff


Cardiff: Aug 24, 2012

South Africa will aim to take advantage of England’s weak batting line-up in the first one-day international at Cardiff.

England is No 1 in ODI, however if they lose to South Africa, they lose the top spot to the visitors.

England rose to the top of the one-day world rankings on the back of 10 wins in 2012, including a 4-0 series rout of Australia.

England will be playing without star batsman Kevin Pietersen after the text message controversy that led to his omission from the squad.

The South Africans have enough quality bowlers to knock their hosts from pole position for the second time in quick succession.

South Africa ended England’s reign as the top-ranked Test team thanks to dominant displays from fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel and they will be unleashed again in the five-match one-day series that starts in Cardiff on Friday.

Teams:

South Africa: Hashim Amla, Graeme Smith, Dean Elgar, AB de Villiers (c&wk), Jean-Paul Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Ryan McLaren, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Morne Morkel, Lonwabo Tsotsobe

England: Alastair Cook (c), Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott, Ravi Bopara, Eoin Morgan, Craig Kieswetter (wk), Tim Bresnan, Chris Woakes, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn, James Anderson

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