England vs. South Africa might be the most underrated rivalry in cricket history. Both sides have been on their top game for quite some time. The inventors of the game first battled the Proteas in 1992. Since then, they’ve clashed at several occasions. They’ve got identical lucks when it comes to the grandest stage in cricket. Both of them have yet to win a world title, but this tournament could very well go in favor of any one of them. When these top sides go toe-to-toe, you can expect a marvelous cricketing contest.
Comparison in ODI format:
England currently ranks in ODI cricket and South Africa is not far behind standing at No. 4 spot. In the 59 times contests they’ve competed in against one another, South Africa defeated England 29 times and England thrashed the Proteas 26 times. One match was tied and 3 matches had no result. Records show that both sides are almost even. Both teams haven’t played much cricket against one another and odds are that they’re both unknown to each other’s recent strategies. When you look at both sides, they might be the most balanced sides of the WC with a good equilibrium between batsmen, all-rounders and bowlers. Both teams have been performing extremely well recently so they won’t make the mistake of underestimating each other. England have the home field advantage but South Africans have faced tougher odds and emerged victoriously. Bowling performance will make all the difference here. The top order of both the teams have been performing exceedingly well. England scored 418 in their 4th ODI against Windies. Whereas South Africa have obtained a brilliant striker in the form of Rassie van der Dussen.
South Africa and England in WC:
South Africa and England will compete against one another in the opening match of WC 2019 on 30th May 2019 at the Oval Cricket Ground in London. This ground was the host of the final of CT 2017 and has been home to 68 ODI matches. The pitch provides some support to leg spinners. Both teams will be looking to exploit this advantage. South Africa have Imran Tahir to their side while English team will be hoping for Adil Rashid to give them multiple breakthroughs. It’s an even contest and both team will be looking to start their tournament on a high note.
South Africa certainly have a more settled pace attack but England have some major all-rounders who can bat deep into the innings. England will be working up a strategy against Hashim Amla who might be South Africa’s best batsman yet. All in all, this seems like a low scoring match considering they’re both equals.
Stats, squad selection and recent performance all claim that both sides are equally matched and there are no clear winners as of yet. It’s impossible to say who will come out on top. England might have the upper hand due to their home conditions but they’re not impossible to beat and the way South Africa have played against Sri Lanka, they’re a formidable side and won’t go down without a fight. The team that performs well will claim the day.