James Taylor
James Taylor scored a century during England XI's victory over South Africa AGetty

South Africa will take on England in the first of the five One Day Internationals (ODIs) at Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein, on 3 February, Wednesday.

Where to watch live

Match starts at 11.30am GMT. Live TV coverage is available on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD. Click here for the live streaming link.

Overview

England registered a series victory over South Africa in the Tests as Alastair Cook's men sealed a comfortable series win. They are hoping to emulate the same form in the limited overs as they look to replicate their form in the five-match ODI series.

During the warm-up fixture between South Africa A and England XI, it was the latter who had an upper hand with both bat and ball. It has been a good start to the series so far for the visitors.

The team led by Eoin Morgan registered a total of 368 runs in 50 overs, while losing seven wickets in the process. James Taylor, who was the star player with 116 runs, and the contribution of other batsmen helped them post a huge total.

Hashim Amla
Hashim Amla will be looking forward to impress with the bat during the ODI series against EnglandGetty

An injury forced Jason Roy to sit out of the training and he will undergo a late fitness test before the first ODI. Failure to make himself available will see Moeen Ali being promoted to the top, which would allow Jonny Bairstow come back into the lineup.

South Africa have their own worries as they look to bounce back from the Test series defeat. Captain AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis will have a huge task on their hands to shine with the bat, while the bowling division led by Dale Steyn will have to step up with the ball.

Prediction

South Africa to win

Betting Odds (bet365)

  • South Africa to win: 8/11
  • England to win: 11/10

Team News

South Africa

Possible XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (c), Rilee Rossouw, David Miller, JP Duminy, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir

England

Possible XI: Moeen Ali, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), James Taylor, Jos Buttler (wk), Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Reece Topley