It’s South Africa against Australia all weekend.
The nations renew their rivalry in three massive contests from today.
The Proteas take on their cricketing counterparts at Centurion in the first of five ODIs when they face off at Centurion (1.30pm).
Tomorrow, the Springboks have to get back to winning ways after three losses in a row when they take on the Wallabies at Loftus (5.05pm).
And on Sunday, the cricketers are at it again at the Wanderers for the second one-dayer (10am).
Skipper Faf du Plessis wants to see his allrounders step up in the series against Australia. Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlekwayo and Dwaine Pretorius are the candidates and Faf is urging two of them to come good.
He says: “It’s very exciting.
“I’m hoping that between Wayne, Andile and Dwaine… between the three of them, at least two of them put their hands up and really become good ODI allrounders.
“We’ve been lacking that and when you’re picking a team, you’re always a bowler or batsman short.
“So I’m hoping that two of them step up and that they are always in the team in the future.”
- Today: First ODI; (Centurion, 1.30pm)
- Sunday: Second ODI; (Wanderers, 10am)
Springbok coach Allister Coetzee says his team needs a win to rebuild their confidence.
And he reckons all they need to do is stick to the game plan to snap their three-match losing streak against
Australia tomorrow and get their mojo back.
The former Newlands chief says: “Australia will be determined to build on their previous two wins and they will pose difficult questions to us with their tactical and technical approach.
“We have our own goals to achieve within the two remaining matches, starting on Saturday when we play the Wallabies in front of a good crowd at Loftus.”
- Tomorrow: Rugby Championship (Loftus, 5pm)