Match 3 of the tri-series in the West Indies takes place at the Providence Stadium in Guyana on Tuesday 7th June, between Australia and South Africa.
The Proteas lost their first game of the tournament against the West Indies, when they were defeated by 4-wickets in match 1. Undone by the spin of the returning Sunil Narine, who finished with career best figures of 6-27, and leaving the visitors with their lowest ODI score against the hosts in over two decades.
On Sunday, Australia overcame the home team in another spin dominated fixture. The selectors picked their two specialist spinners in the starting XI, Nathan Lyon and Adam Zampa, while captain Steve Smith was also able to call on the developing all-round skills of Glenn Maxwell.
The selection worked perfectly for the No.1 ranked ODI Baggy Green Caps, who elected to field after winning the toss, and then dismissed the opposition for a mere 116. Lyon and Zampa finishing with three wickets each, and Maxwell with one. The Australian’s then knocked of the runs for the loss of four wickets in barely half their overs.
Tuesday’s fixture will be the last in Guyana, before the competition Moves onto St.Kitts and both sides are likely to pack their XI with as much spin as is available to them.
David Warner, who was so brilliant in the recent IPL, where he led the Sunrisers Hyderabad to their first title, has looked the one batsmen truly comfortable in the conditions. His 55 not out from 55 deliveries on Sunday, being a true masterclass in how to play spin on a turning track.
The two nations haven’t met each other since late 2014, when they contested a five match series in Australia, that home side won convincingly by 4-1.