27 Jan 2023, 17:31

South Africa bat in first one-day international against England

  BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa, Jan 27, 2023 (BSS/AFP) - South Africa won the

toss and decided to bat in the first one-day international against England at
the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein on Friday.

Batsman Harry Brook was named in the England team, adding a first ODI cap to
those he has already earned in Tests and Twenty20 internationals.

Fast bowler Jofra Archer returned from a long injury-enforced absence for his
first one-day international since September 2020.

The three-match series is part of the International Cricket Council's World
Cup Super League, from which the top eight teams will qualify for the World
Cup in India in October and November.

With South Africa still not assured of qualification, captain Temba Bavuma
said: "It's a big World Cup year and we want to collect as many points as we

England captain Jos Buttler said he probably would have chosen to bowl if he
had won the toss. "We fancy a chase," he said.

Although defending champions England are guaranteed a place in the World Cup
in India in October and November, Buttler said the series was important. "We
don't have many games before the World Cup so these are crucial games for


South Africa: Temba Bavuma (capt), Quinton de Kock (wkt), Rassie van der
Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Sisanda
Magala, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi.

England: Jos Buttler (capt, wkt), Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Ben Duckett, Harry
Brook, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Olly

Umpires: Marais Erasmus, Bongani Jele (both RSA)

TV umpire: Allahudien Palekar (RSA)

Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)

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