South Africa, usually a strong side at home, suffered a Test series defeat to England. To put things right, the Proteas will want to come out all guns blazing in the one-day international series, starting with the first ODI at Chevrolet Park in Bloemfontein on Wednesday.
England and South Africa have played some quality cricket in their last series against Pakistan and India respectively, where they both emerged triumphant. If both the teams come up with a similar level of cricket, an entertaining ODI series is on the cards for cricket lovers.
Irrespective of their recent performances, the team which plays consistent cricket in the five-match ODI series, will emerge victorious.
"We're playing at home so there is added pressure on us. We beat India in the last [ODI] series, which was a massive win," ESPN Cricinfo quoted captain AB de Villiers as saying.
"We've got momentum on our side but we haven't played England for a long time. They seem to be playing really good cricket. So we'll be wary of them. But hopefully we'll get on top of them tomorrow and then use our home advantage to win this series."
Both teams possess an array of stars. England have some class players like Eion Morgan, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes. Morgan, who will lead England in the one-day series, will hold the key for the visitors. However, England's bowling looks a little weak as they lack experience, with Reece Topley, Chris Jordan and Alex Rashid as core bowlers.
These bowlers have their task cut out in trying to stop the South Africa batsmen, which includes AB de Villiers, JP Duminy and Faf du Plessis. The trio, who were below par in the Test series, will be eager to showcase their skills in coloured clothing and help the home team emerge triumphant. Duminy and du Plessis were even dropped in the Test series. They will be eager to let their bat do the talking in the ODIs.
De Villiers, who undwerwent an amazing run against India with the willow, will once again be expected to score consistently, despite some below par-performance in the Tests against England.
Like England, South Africa also have a weakened bowling lineup. The home team have been severely hit with injuries to their key bowlers, which includes Dale Steyn and Veron Philander. The duo has been ruled out of the series. Hence the onus on the bowling front falls on the shoulders of Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada.
Where to watch live
South Africa vs England 1st ODI is scheduled for 1:30 local time (5pm IST, 11:30am GMT) start with Live TV coverage in India on Ten Cricket while all the South Africa vs England 1st ODI action can also be watched via live streaming online on Ten Sports live.
Viewers in South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa can watch the South Africa vs England 1st ODI live on SuperSport; live streaming onSuperSport Live Video.
Viewers in the US can watch the match live on Willow TV, with live streaming on Willow TV Online.