Australia and South Africa are locked at one all in the seven-match series    Getty Images
Australia and South Africa are locked at one all in the seven-match series Getty Images

Nov 19, 2014

Australia and South Africa will contest the 3rd One-Day International of the seven-match series at the the Manuka Oval in Canberra on Wednesday. Despite the absence of some key players, it promises to be another enthralling contest between two of the most powerful ODI sides in the World. The Manuka Oval is hosting just its fourth One-Day International (ODI) match.

The Proteas still look a touch rusty in their performance. They lost the first ODI and made heavy weather of the target of 155 in the second ODI, which they should really have been won on a canter, yet they ve managed to scrape through to a win to level the five-match series.

South Africa may consider rotating their main seamers to ascertain how the rest of the pacers fare. The two options at their disposal are Wayne Parnell and Kyle Abbott, they can both expect a game at some point during the tour but it is unlikely to be the third ODI with the series still alive. Ideally though, for a realistic assessment of their abilities, they must be thrown in the deep end. The seasoned campaigners Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel did exceptionally well in the second match with the latter recording his career-best performance.

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