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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: South Africa chooses to field

First match of World Cup between England and South Africa

PTI London Published 30.05.19, 10:26 AM
England's Jonny Bairstow leaves the pitch after he is caught by South Africa's Quinton de Kock off the bowling of South Africa's Imran Tahir during the first World Cup cricket match between England and South Africa at The Oval in London on Thursday.

England's Jonny Bairstow leaves the pitch after he is caught by South Africa's Quinton de Kock off the bowling of South Africa's Imran Tahir during the first World Cup cricket match between England and South Africa at The Oval in London on Thursday. AP

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and elected to field against England in the opening match of the World Cup at the Oval on Thursday.

England, the world's top-ranked ODI side and the tournament favourites, included fast bowler Liam Plunkett in a line-up captained by Eoin Morgan, with Tom Curran missing out on his Surrey home ground.

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South Africa omitted all-rounder Chris Morris, with Dwayne Pretorius selected.

'A 10.30 am start at The Oval -- if there's anything in the wicket, it'll be in the first hour. We've got some fantastic fast bowlers and we're hoping it'll be a great occasion today,' said Du Plessis.

Morgan said: 'We would have looked to do the same, just preferring chasing. The wicket looks really good. The balance we've gone with is for South Africa, so hopefully it is the right one. Mark Wood has trained fully and is available for selection, but unfortunately he's missed out.'

He added that Jofra (Archer) has come in and 'impressed'. 'He's very calm when he plays. He's a very exciting prospect, given this is the very start of his international career.'

Te English captain added: 'The favourites tag sits with us comfortably. It's been a collective drive for us. I much prefer going in as favourites.'

England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), Jos Buttler (wkt), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer

South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wkt), Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis (capt), Rassie van der Dussen, JP Duminy, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir

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