Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis won the toss and elected to bowl first in the opening Cricket World Cup 2019 match against hosts England at the Oval.
The captain revealed that Dwaine Pretorius will play as the additional seamer with Dale Steyn not yet 100 percent fit. In the top order Aiden Markram plays while there is no room for David Miller.
Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock will open the batting with Markram expected to come in at three. Du Plessis is slated to come in at number four while Rassie van der Dussen and JP Duminy rounding out the first Proteas Cricket World Cup top six.
It is unclear if Andile Phehlukwayo will bat ahead of Pretorius or not but the order of the tail, whom the Proteas hope won’t be needed in terms of batting, will be Kagiso Rabada followed by Lungi Ngidi and Imran Tahir.
England have left out Mark Wood who also has some fitness concerns while their much vaunted top order looks exactly as expected.
Despite being inserted to bat England skipper Eoin Morgan is confident heading into this match as tournament favourites.
“The wicket looks really good, it should be set fair all day,” said Morgan.
“All the work that’s been done, it’s been a collective drive, I much prefer going into the World Cup as favourites.”
Du Plessis was eager to bowl first, believing that if there will be anything at all in the Oval pitch it will be in the first hour.
“If there’s anything in the wicket it’s probably in the first hour,” he said.
Cricket World Cup starting XIs
England 1 Jason Roy, 2 Jonny Bairstow, 3 Joe Root, 4 Eoin Morgan (capt), 5 Jos Buttler (wk), 6 Ben Stokes, 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Adil Rashid, 10 Jofra Archer, 11 Liam Plunkett
South Africa 1 Hashim Amla, 2 Quinton de Kock (wk), 3 Aiden Markram, 4 Faf du Plessis (capt), 5 Rassie van der Dussen, 6 JP Duminy, 7 Andile Phehlukwayo, 8 Dwayne Pretorius, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Lungi Ngidi, 11 Imran Tahir.