England face South Africa in the first one-day international on Tuesday, July 19 at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street from 5:30 PM IST (Indian Standard Time). 

The English cricket team come into this series on the back of a double-series defeat to India in limited-over internationals. England lost their last match to India by 5 wickets on Sunday. Moeen Ali was the top run-getter for the Englishmen in the recent series against India and Reece Topley took nine wickets in the last two ODIs of the series. 

England beat the Netherlands in all three matches in this format prior to the series against the Indians. Adil Rashid returns to the English squad to face the Proteas.

Bangladesh beat South Africa in the Proteas’ last series in this format. A batting collapse in the series-decider for the Proteas saw Bangladesh take the series by a 2-1 margin. Temba Bavuma is ruled out of this tour for the visitors and Keshav Maharaj will take over the reins in the ODI series. Kagiso Rabada is also rested in this series. 

England vs South Africa 1st ODI odds

Parimatch odds: England: 1.58, South Africa: 2.34

10CRIC odds: England: 1.58, South Africa: 2.34

Betway odds: England: 1.57, South Africa: 2.25

Betwinner odds: England: 1.62, South Africa: 2.26

1xBet odds: England: 1.61, South Africa: 2.25

Note: Odds are subject to change. Please visit betting sites to check and confirm the latest odds.

England vs South Africa head-to-head in ODIs

The South African cricket team has won 30 of 63 matches against England in this format. England have won 28, one was tied and four have ended without a result. However, in England, the Englishmen have beaten the Proteas on 16 out of 26 ODIs and South Africa have won eight. 

The latest head-to-head record in this format is balanced with two wins each for both sides and a match with no result in February 2020. 

England vs South Africa 1st ODI probable playing XI

England: Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Jos Buttler (wicket-keeper & captain), Ben Stokes, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Craig Overton, Brydon Carse, Reece Topley.

South Africa: Janneman Malan, Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper), Kyle Verreynne, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj (captain), Marco Jansen, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi.

England vs South Africa 1st ODI top picks

England: Jos Buttler will be the top pick from the hosts in this match. The England captain has scored 2106 runs in 61 innings in this format in England at an average of 43.87. The 31-year-old has scored 248 runs against the Proteas in ODIs including one hundred and one fifty. 

South Africa: Rassie van der Dussen will be the player to watch out for in these conditions. The 33-year-old has scored 1365 runs in 29 ODI innings at an average of 71.84 including two centuries and 11 half-centuries. He has one fifty against the English side in this format. 

England vs South Africa 1st ODI prediction

England have a formidable record against the Proteas in this format at home. The hosts have also been in decent ODI form and will start as favourites in this encounter.

South Africa have struggled in England in this format and also will miss a couple of key players in this match. However, they can mount a challenge against this English team considering their recent record. 

England vs South Africa 1st ODI playing conditions and weather report

Maximum Temperature: 36°C

Precipitation: 3%

Humidity: 82%

Wind: 18 km/h