England won the toss and decided to bat first in the first ODI against South Africa being played at the Goodyear Park, Bloemfontein on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016. South Africa, one of the most dominant sides in modern day International Cricket is all set for the five-match ODI series and two match T 20 games in their homeland.

When latest reports came in, the England score was 129/1 in 17 overs. Both teams will be trying hard during this One Day Series and T20 Contest, as it will provide them an extra morale boost which will fetch benefits during the time of T20 World Cup which will start rolling in another month.

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English team loaded with talent

Eoin Morgan's English team loaded with talent has high voltage batsmen, fearless bowlers, and panther-like fielders. However, they often fail to give maximum output on the cricket ground, and fail to act as a united team.

It should be noted that Andrew Strauss, the new director of English Cricket Board has brought about some drastic changes regarding team selection and management.

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It will be a million dollar question whether England will beat South Africa on their home soil. But, if they play to their best, then in all probability, they will put up a challenge for the active SA.

South African squad

South Africa, on the other hand, need AB de Villiers to bounce back in this game. In the last three Test innings, he was bowled out for a duck, and the only way by which he can prove his mettle is by smashing a ton with style and elegance.

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Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD are telecasting the match live for audiences in the United Kingdom from 13:30 GMT onwards. Star Sports is live telecasting the match for cricket lovers in India. For online viewers, Star Sports and Sky sports are live streaming the match on their official websites.

The heart of South African batting is none other than the consistent Hashim Amla. The master batsman has proved that he can bat both in shorter and longer formats with perfection, and if he succeeds in finding his form, then things will not be that easy for English bowlers.

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