Australia will aim to get their act together © AFP
Australia will aim to get their act together © AFP

Sep 2, 2014

South Africa will aim to keep their winning momentum intact when they take on Australia in the fifth match of the ongoing One-Day International (ODI) Triangular series on Tuesday.

According to AFP, Australia must overcome the embarrassment of losing to Zimbabwe and the departure of captain Michael Clarke to injury when they take on South Africa. Clarke’s hamstring problem flared up during his innings of 68 against Zimbabwe on Sunday, and insult was added to injury when the hosts chased down a target of 210 to pull off one of the great upsets in cricket’s history.

Clarke flew out of Zimbabwe on Monday to return home for treatment, leaving Australia with a squad of just 13 to pick from for Tuesday’s encounter. The three-wicket defeat to Zimbabwe saw Australia slip from No. 1 to No. 3 on the ICC’s one-day rankings table, below India and South Africa. It was just the second time ever that Australia had lost to the No. 10-ranked nation, following Zimbabwe’s win at Trent Bridge in the 1983 World Cup. The telecast of the series in India will be on Ten HD and Ten Cricket.

Catch the live scorecard and ball-by-ball commentary of the Australia vs South Africa match here