Australia and South Africa will face off in the 10th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 on October 12 at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow. 

Australia come into the contest after a disappointing loss to India in their opening match. They were bowled out for 199, with only David Warner (41) and Steven Smith (46) making significant contributions. With the ball, Josh Hazlewood picked up three wickets, but it was not enough to prevent India from chasing down the target with six wickets to spare. 

South Africa, on the other hand, got off to a winning start with a comprehensive 102-run victory over Sri Lanka. Quinton de Kock (100), Rassie van der Dussen (108), and Aiden Markram (106) all scored centuries to help South Africa post a mammoth total of 428/5. With the ball, Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, and Keshav Maharaj all picked up two wickets each, and Gerald Coetzee picked up three wickets to bowl Sri Lanka out for 326. 

AUS vs SA Head-to-Head Records: 

South Africa lead the head-to-head record against Australia in ODIs with 54 wins to Australia’s 50, with three ties and one no result. In World Cups, Australia have a slight edge with three wins to South Africa’s two, with one tie.

Ekana Cricket Stadium Pitch Report:  

The Ekana Cricket Stadium pitch is known to favor bowlers, especially spinners. Batters need to be patient and play their shots wisely on this surface. 

Ekana Cricket Stadium ODI Records :

In four ODIs played at the Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow, pacers have taken 26 wickets at an average of 32.76, while spinners also have taken 26 wickets at an average of 36.15. Both batting first and batting second teams have won two games each. The team winning the toss would look to bat first. The Average Score Batting First is 188.

Average First Innings Score 

Match Won after winning toss 

Match Won after losing toss 

AUS vs SA Player Battles to Watch Out For 

Quinton de Kock vs Mitchell Starc 

In a total of 12 innings played between the two players, Mitchell Starc has picked Quinton de Kock four times in 129 balls while Quinton de Kock has scored 98 runs at an average of 24.50. This battle would tempt Pat Cummins to go with Mitchell Starc against Quinton de Kock 

Mitchell Marsh vs Kagiso Rabada  

In four innings, Kagiso Rabada has picked Mitchell Marsh twice in 31 balls while Mitchell Marsh has scored 48 at an average of 24.00. This match-up would tempt Temba Bavuma to bring on Kagiso Rabada while Mitchell Marsh is in. 

X-factors for Australia vs South Africa 

South Africa:     

Quinton de Kock will be the X-factor for South Africa against Australia. He has been in good form in 2023, scoring 443 runs at an average of 40.27, including one Hundred and one fifty. Against Australia, he had aggregated 909 with an average of 33.66, with three centuries and nine half-centuries 

Australia :   

David Warner will be the X-factor player for Australia against India. He has been in good form with the bat in 2023, having scored 431 runs at an average of 43.10, with four half-centuries and one century. Against South Africa, he had aggregated 1213 with an average of 51.04, with three centuries and nine half-centuries. 

AUS vs SA Probable Playing XI 

Australia: 

David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey, Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood  

South Africa: 

Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Gerald Coetzee, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi 

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