After all the controversy that has happened with the Kevin Pietersen incident England and South Africa are hoping to play in the 2nd ODI if rain doesn’t disturb it as it did with the 1st ODI. Ian Bell will be a key player for England during the ODI series, he was brilliant against Australia in England but in the tests against South Africa he was below his normal best. Dale Steyn who did have a brilliant test series against England will be looking for more wickets as he looks to move through the batsman quickly early on with the new ball.
Match Information :
August 28, Southampton
Starting Time: 1300 Local Time (1200 GMT Time)
Dale Steyn vs Ian Bell
Dale Steyn has been one of the best ODI bowlers in the past few years, and no team seems to be able to handle him with the white ball. He is in good form, which makes it worse for England after taking 15 wickets in the Test Series. Ian Bell has been an important figure opening the batting for England in the ODI’s. A average of 35.92 does not reflect how important he has been in the last few years. He will have the great task of facing Dale Steyn which will be a good contest but could be a contest that influences the result of the game.
With Pietersen completely out off the plans for ODI’s Johnny Bairstow could be a possibility of playing as he impressed in the last test. Ian Bell and Alistair Cook will open the batting as they have done for the last few series for England. Without Stuart Broad England will have to rely on Anderson, Bresnan, Swann and Dernbach to take the wickets of this strong South African team.
South Africa will be looking to edge closer to that number 1 ranking in ODI’s with the good squad they have selected. Steyn, Morkel, Tsotsobe and Robin Peterson should take over as the 4 man attack which will be hunting down the weakened England batting order. In New Zealand, Wayne Parnell was used as a opening batsman but is doubtful that will happen against England.