OVAL: South African Captain Faf du Plessis decided to field first in the opening match of the World Cup, 2019 being played in the Oval ground against the host England.
England, The number 1 ranked ICC team is all set ready to face South Africa, after suffering a 12-run defeat against Australia during the first warm-up match played on Saturday. On the other hand, South Africa managed to lead a massive 87-run victory against Sri Lanka during their warm-up clash.
English skipper Eoin Morgan believes that over the years the team has managed to come back with pure pace and aggression against its opponents. The top ODI team went through a loss when Mark Wood was identified with a minor left-foot discomfort during the warm-up match against Australia, however, England Cricket team is now boosted up with knowing that Wood will be available for the opening match against the Proteas.
Moreover, South Africa has its eyes on the World Cup trophy, prepared to win against the host team on Thursday. However, Dale Steyn has been ruled out of South Africa’s World Cup opener against England on Thursday as the 35-year-old paceman injured his shoulder during the recent Indian Premier League and will not be risked.