South Africa vs Australia 2020: South Africa's predicted playing XI for the 2nd ODI
- Heinrich Klaasen's classic innings in the first ODI has sparked a new ray of hope as South African cricket looks to revive itself.
After registering a comprehensive win in the first match, South Africa will look to seal the series when they meet Australia in the second game of the three-match series. The Proteas have not been at their best in the 50-over format, having exited the 2019 World Cup in the group stages.
However, Heinrich Klaasen's fantastic knock in the first ODI has sparked a new ray of hope as South African cricket looks to revive itself. The team's new captain, Quinton de Kock, will be keen to make an impression as the full-time ODI skipper of the rainbow nation with a series win over the 2015 World Cup winners.
On the other hand, Australia will try to work on their weak points because they had earlier lost a series against India in January. So, another ODI series loss in the first half of the year will raise a big question mark over the team's credibility.
On that note, let us now have a look at South Africa's predicted playing XI for the game in Bloemfontein.
The opening pair of Janneman Malan and Quinton de Kock will try to improve its performance from the first match, as the former lost his wicket for a golden duck while the latter could score only 15 runs.
Temba Bavuma and upcoming star Kyle Verreynne will hold the number three and number four positions whereas last match's centurion Heinrich Klaasen will back them up at number five.
David Miller showed his true potential in the previous game and will look to replicate the same performance in the middle order.
Andile Phehlukwayo will be the team's main all-rounder. Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi will look to make the most out of the spin-friendly conditions in Bloemfontein, whilst Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje will form the team's pace bowling attack.
South Africa's Predicted Playing XI for the 2nd ODI vs Australia: Janneman Malan, Quinton de Kock (c and wk), Temba Bavuma, Heinrich Klaasen, Kyle Verreynne, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje and Tabraiz ShamsiPublished 03 Mar 2020, 23:17 IST