ICC Cricket World 2019: AUS vs SA; Three player battles to keep an eye on

By Chaitanya Laxman

The contest between South Africa and Australia has produced some of cricket’s most memorable moments. Both sides have always looked to up the ante when facing each other and hence this rivalry in cricket has a silver lining.

And now as South Africa and Australia meet each other in their last World Cup game, expect a thriller as these player battles are sure to take the entertainment to another level.

#3. The best versus the best: David Warner versus Imran Tahir:

Warner’s strategy in this World Cup is simple: See off the new ball and clobber the middle-over bowlers which means he will have Imran Tahir on his radar on Saturday.

And things can’t get better than this. Of the current squads, Warner is the highest run-getter against South Africa for Australia while Tahir has picked the most wickets against Australia.

And when Tahir does come up against Warner watch out for the slog-sweep and the ferocious cut behind point from Warner.

Imran Tahir vs Australia:

Total wickets: 17

Bowling average: 38.23

Bowling strike-rate: 47.6

David Warner vs South Africa:

Total runs: 821

Batting average: 43.21

Batting strike-rate: 90.15

#2. The best versus the best: Faf du Plessis vs Mitchell Starc:

Faf du Plessis has had a disappointing World Cup so far. But he has one last chance to make things better and he will be backing himself as he has done well against Australia. Infact among the current Proteas batsmen he has the most runs against Australia.

But his job will be tough as Mitchell Starc is in red hot form and is delivering some of the finest yorkers and he has the most wickets against Australia. So watch out for the battle between these two stalwarts:

Mitchell Starc vs Australia:

Total wickets: 14

Bowling average: 33.85

Bowling strike-rate: 5.44

Faf du Plessis vs South Africa:

Total runs: 980

Batting average: 51.57

Batting strike-rate: 92.36

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#1. The battle between the champions: Warner vs Chris Morris:

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David Warner is the highest run-scorer for Australia in this tournament while Chris Morris has picked the most wickets for South Africa. Thus this battle will be the one to watch out for as we have two players are the peak of their respective skills.

David Warner in ICC World Cup 2019:

Total runs: 516

Batting average: 73.71

Batting strike-rate: 86.57

Chris Morris in ICC World Cup 2019:

Total wickets: 12

Bowling average: 23.16

Bowling strike-rate: 5.08

Chaitanya Laxman

Smitten by cricket, green mountains, and written words, Chaitanya is engrossed with cricket stats and analysis. But cricket commentary is what he savors the most.