Match Preview | ENG v SA | 3rd ODI
Written By: Jeet Vachharajani
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The series is pretty much done and dusted with England taking the honors in both the ODIs. This means it could be time for experimentation & a few key players could be rested before the T20I series which will act as a preparatory series ahead of the CWG.
The key all-rounders like Nat Sciver and Marizanne Kapp could be rested in order to ease their workload. While the likes of Katherine Brunt, Alice Davidson-Richards, & Anneke Bosch could get a game under their belt in order to be better prepared.
England: Emma Lamb, Tammy Beaumont, Sophia Dunkley, Heather Knight, Amy Jones (wk), Alice Davidson-Richards, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Issy Wong, Charlie Dean, Lauren Bell
South Africa: Laura Wolvaardt, Andrie Steyn, Lara Goodall, Sune Luus, Anneke Bosch, Chloe Tryon, Nadine de Klerk, Trisha Chetty (wk), Tumi Sekhukhune, Ayabonga Khaka, Nonkululeko Mlaba
VENUE: Upton Steel County Ground, Leicester
Grace Road has been producing two kinds of pitches for a while. The decks used for red-ball formats are pretty flat, while the ones used for the white-ball formats aid the spinners. Only 3 ODIs have been played at this venue with the last one being in 1999.
The average score in the last 4 List-A games at this venue has been 284. So, one can expect a decent score to be put on the board with the spinners coming into the game as it progresses.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR:
Laura Wolvaardt: As the pitch may be on the flatter side or aid the spinners, Wolvaardt will have a chance to post another impressive knock before the spinners come into action.
Sophie Ecclestone: Ecclestone likes bowling to the South African RHBs irrespective of the format or the pitch. If England finds themselves defending a score, Ecclestone's impact could be greater.