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Here are Adam Drury's best cricket tips for the first ODI match between South Africa and England at Newlands.


Jonny Bairstow to score over 34.5 runs

Bairstow was in unbelievable form in the first T20 last Friday, whacking 86* to get England over the line.

He has passed 80 in three of his last five ODI innings.

Joe Root to score over 35.5 runs

Root hasn’t had a great time of things in ODIs, but looked in good nick in England’s warm-up matches in South Africa.

He has passed this mark in nine of his 12 innings against this opposition.

Adil Rashid to be England’s top bowler

Rashid has taken at least one wicket in nine of his last 10 ODIs, taking three in three of them.

His fine summer form continued into last week’s T20s, so this looks a solid bet.

Anrich Nortje to be South Africa’s top bowler

Nortje has only played seven matches, but has taken at least two wickets in all of his last six.

In the absence of Kagiso Rabada, he is the hosts’ main threat.


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