AUS v SA: Adelaide surface could help the Aussies bounce back after seven straight ODI defeats

posted on 2018-11-08 19:41:43
posted by Kausthub Swaminathan

Yes, you read it right. It was the pace of Perth's wicket that caused Australia's downfall in match 1. Here's analyzing the reasons why they'll benefit from a comparatively slower Adelaide track.

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Perth has lost his shine through the past decade. The bounce which made batsmen's life terrible has since deteriorated. However, it isn't a batting paradise yet and the new Perth pitch was well exploited by the South African attack in the first ODI. 

Now the caravan moves to Adelaide, which is considered the closest to sub-continental kind pitches in Australia. The pace-loving men from Down Under were found out by quality bowlers in the first ODI. Today we analyze the reasons why the Adelaide Oval will be better suited for them.

Fast Bowling

A slower pitch means that the sting isn't that painful for the Aussie batsmen. An out and out pacer like Rabada will find that the ball will slow down a bit after pitching. This might give the batters a bit more time to handle things. Rabada after an off-color outing last match will try to comeback and comeback strong. The Adelaide wicket would be less than ideal for such a performance. Dale Steyn has recently found his pace again after coming back from injuries. He will need to put in a tad more effort in tomorrow's game and that might provide the batsmen with opportunities.

Mitchell Starc, although being a pacer in the Rabada mould, has the ability to find something extra on slower wickets. He has proven that in the UAE and a bit in Sri Lanka as well. Josh Hazelwood with his accuracy can use the pitch with the good length he bowls. Cummins has a good variety of slower balls and that will come in handy in tandem with his pace. Stoinis bowls a heavy ball and he could be a perfect fit at Adelaide.

The Imran Tahir effect

One of the better leggies, Tahir is someone who enjoys a bit of pace on the wicket. On tomorrow's bowling strip he'll get lesser help comparatively. Another bit of advantage for the batsmen will be the lesser availibility of bounce than in the previous match. This will give more time to pick his deliveries - trajectory and variations. The ball will come onto the bat at a slightly comfortable pace. 

Australia could consider bringing in Ashton Agar. Adam Zampa too could be an option, as he flights the ball a lot more than someone like Tahir.

South Africa's batting

The Proteas' openers fancy some pace on the ball to play aggressively, especially Quinton de Kock. The first ODI where he got 47 at 100+ strike rate, being a case in point. That is exactly where the Adelaide Oval differs from Perth. Hendricks hasn't shown an evident weakness against slower bowlers in his brief international career. But, de Kock has been a touch susceptible to spinners, especially the offies. Aaron Finch should consider using Glenn Maxwell's services at the top. Apart from the fact that the southpaw has a weakness against this bowling style, Maxwell is known to provide breakthroughs. The pace attack could also try sneaking in an odd slower one to the driving de Kock. The South African leftie has been caught out at cover or short cover quite a few times. In the latter part of the innings they can use the spin ploy against dasher David Miller. Zampa, if given an opportunity, could bowl in tandem with Maxwell before Miller gets settled.

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