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England vs South Africa 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup Predictions, Odds, Picks and Betting Preview
- England lost to Afghanistan in their last 2023 Cricket World Cup match
- South Africa suffered a 38-run loss to the Netherlands in their last match
- Ben Stokes is set to return for England in the match against South Africa
England's quest to retain their ICC Cricket World Cup title took a huge hit after they lost to minnows Afghanistan.
Next up for the English is a blockbuster clash with South Africa, who also lost in their previous match against the Netherlands.
Read on as Sports Brief brings you a preview of this all-important showdown.
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Where: Wankhede Stadium, India
When: Saturday, October 21 - 2:00 pm local time
Betting on England (1.65)
England's title defence is off to a shaky start.
They have lost two of their first three matches, including a 69-run defeat at the hands of Afghanistan in their last outing.
England struggled with their batting, scoring just 215 runs against the minnows. Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, and captain Jos Buttler combined for just 22 runs as they imploded against the Afghans' bowling attack.
Changes need to be made for England to kick-start their campaign. The good news for the defending champions is that Ben Stokes is set to return to the starting lineup after missing their first three matches due to a hip injury, per Sky Sports.
He is a big-game player as evidenced by his heroics at the 2019 Cricket World Cup Final and the 2022 T20 World Cup Final.
The question now is: who will Stokes replace in the starting lineup? Replacing Harry Brooks may be out of the discussion after he scored 66 runs against Afghanistan.
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The players who may be demoted to the bench for the match against South Africa are Sam Curran and Chris Woakes.
They have struggled with their bowling in their first three outings here in India.
Betting on South Africa (2.28)
England isn't the only cricket powerhouse that suffered a shock loss in this year's World Cup. South Africa lost to the Netherlands by 38 runs to pick up their first defeat of the tournament.
The Proteas struggled with their batting in a rain-affected match that was reduced to 43 overs a side in Dharamsala.
They scored just 207 runs in total after they slipped from 36-0 to 44-4. It was the first time the Netherlands have beaten a Test-playing nation at a 50-over World Cup.
The Proteas must improve on their bowling for them to beat England later today. They had the Dutch on the ropes at 82-5 but Scott Edwards delivered a captain's knock, scoring an unbeaten 78 off 69 balls.
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The South Africans have won 33 of their last 64 ODI matches against England.
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England and South Africa's cricket clash isn't the biggest showdown between the two countries on Saturday.
They will also face off in the semi-finals of the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Sports Brief reported that the Springboks are favoured to win over England in that matchup.
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