South Africa wins toss, opts to field in 1st ODI


In regards to the Champions Trophy, De Villiers admitted that England will be one of the frontrunners to win the tournament.

South Africa's reply floundered and foundered to 267 in 45 overs, which made England winners by 72 runs. It showed the value of England's long batting line up and squashed any suggestions that Jonny Bairstow will bat at number seven for England in the Champions Trophy. "To have those guys back in the side is a huge boost".

"He's definitely got something special about him".

"As you can understand we have some genuine concerns, the players are uneasy. there was a lot of chatter at the breakfast table", Moosajee told reporters at Leeds's Headingley ground on Tuesday.

Duminy and Miller both heaved short balls out to a lone fielder on the ropes, to general bemusement, while Morris botched a reverse sweep off Moeen.

De Villiers had an elbow operation last year but returned for South Africa's white-ball matches in New Zealand earlier this year, and also played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL.

Mark Wood and Liam Plunkett are expected to both retain their places in the seam attack, with David Willey set to miss out.

England lost Jason Roy (1) in the second over of the day after he was caught behind by Quinton de Kock off Wayne Parnell.

Phehlukwayo then undid Root with a bounce that he tamely mishooked to Hashim Amla.

Morgan made his 11th ODI century and his first against South Africa before perishing in the 48th over for 107 (93 balls, 7 fours and 5 sixes) while Ali went on to finish on 77 with 5 fours and 5 sixes.

'But he was able to come back on with the green light [to bowl]'.

Morgan's faith was rewarded at Headingley after Moeen walked out to bat with England stuttering slightly at 198 for five.

Ali joined Morgan with almost 16 overs of the innings remaining.

Asked if this is the strongest limited overs side he has played for, Morgan replied: "Certainly yes, and I've said it for the last six months". It was a fine innings under pressure.

Morgan and Moeen racked up 117 runs between them in 13.3 overs together in the middle, Woakes chipping in with six after his skipper was seen off by Chris Morris 14 balls from the end of the innings.

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The three-match series continues at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Saturday and finishes at Lord's on Monday.

The 25-year-old left-handed batsman and right-handed pace bowler scored 316 runs in 12 matches, with a highest of 103 not out, and took 12 wickets. He is a vital part of this England team.