Proteas win toss, bowl in first ODI

Dale Steyn (Gallo)
Dale Steyn (Gallo)

Perth, Australia - South Africa captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and elected to bowl first in the opening one-day international against Australia in Perth on Sunday.

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The hosts, who lost their most recent one-day series against England 5-0, have axed Tim Paine as captain for the three limited-over clashes against the Proteas with Aaron Finch assuming the role.

Batsman Shaun Marsh withdrew ahead of the game for minor surgery on an abscess in his "buttock region" with D'Arcy Short playing instead.

Australia opted to go with an all pace attack, led by Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, meaning legspinner Adam Zampa misses out.

"We would have bowled as well," admitted Finch. "But we are confident coming into this series."

South Africa, who lost their warm-up match against a Prime Minister's XI, also have a strong bowling arsenal, spearheaded by Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi.

"Looks a nice, fast wicket," said du Plessis. "We're playing our full seam attack and hopefully they can do some damage."


Australia: Aaron Finch (capt), Travis Head, D'Arcy Short, Chris Lynn, Alex Carey, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood

South Africa: Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, Reeza Hendricks, Faf du Plessis (capt), Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir

Umpires: Simon Fry (AUS) and Aleem Dar (PAK)

TV umpire: Michael Gough (ENG)

Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)

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