Australia take on South Africa in the final group-stage match of World Cup 2019 at Old Trafford in Manchester on Saturday.
Aaron FInch’s men, who are sitting on top of the 10-team points table, will be hoping to retain their spot as a win against their arch-rivals will help them do so. India, who are on 2nd spot with a point less than Australia, are eyeing the top spot as well.
Australia have gone on to improve with every passing game in World Cup 2019. Barring their defeat to India, Aaron Finch’s men have looked a top side and their standing on the points table is a testament to the brand of cricket they have played.
Australia will want to finish the group stages on a high and carry momentum into the semi-final. The defending champions are heading into the match on the back of a 6-day break. They will be pumped up to end the group stages with another win.
On the other hand, South Africa will play for pride as they stand no chance of making the semi-finals. Like Australia, the Proteas too are heading into Saturday’s match following a 6-day break. They can finish at the 7th spot by leapfrogging Bangladesh if they manage to outclass Australia.
David Warner and Aaron Finch are certainly going to be your openers as both of them have been in fine form in World Cup 2019. While Quinton de Kock can be a fine option, it’s hard to look past Warner and Finch as the two batsmen have scored over 1000 runs between them.
Steve Smith at No.3? Left-handed batsman Usman Khawaja has made good use of the opportunities he has had so far in World Cup 2019 and he is an ideal candidate for No. 3.
Faf du Plessis, who will be geared up to help South Africa finish on a high, can be a good choice at No. 4 despite him not having performed to his potential so far.
Quinton de Kock is an established name but Australia’s Alex Carey has been in fine form. Carey has played several match-winning knocks already and his 71 against New Zealand was crucial to Australia’s win.
Glenn Maxwell has fired whenever he has got an opportunity and his part-time spin has come in handy for Australia. Fast bowling all-rounder Dwaine Pretorious who rocked Sri Lanka’s batting unit last week can also be a good option. Don’t forget Chris Morris.
MItchell Starc and Kagiso Rabada are going to be the 1st 2 names on the team sheet. Imran Tahir, who will be playing his last World Cup match for South Africa, is a proven match-winner.
Australia vs South Africa, Dream 11: Suggested XI, Captain and vice-captain
David Warner (captain), Aaron Finch (vice-captain), Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Alex Carey (wicketkeeper), Glenn Maxwell, Chris Morris, Dwaine Pretorius, Imran Tahir, Mitchell Starc, Kagiso Rabada
Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wicketkeeper), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa
South Africa: Faf du Plessis (captain), Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), Hashim Amla, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, JP Duminy, Dwaine Pretorius, Beuran Hendricks, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi