Ian Bell has been England's best batsman against South Africa. Picture: Paul Ellis/AFP
England will be bidding for their 13th win in 14 completed One Day International matches when they face South Africa in the fifth and final game of the bi-lateral series between the sides at Trent Bridge on Wednesday. After losing the second game of the series in Southampton, Alistair Cook’s side has won the past two meetings to regain the world number one ranking and ensure that they cannot lose the series.
Jonathan Trott is unlikely to play in Nottingham after being hit on the hand by a Dale Steyn bouncer at Lord’s on Sunday and his place in the XI is likely to be taken by Jonny Bairstow , although Jos Buttler has also been added to the squad. Trott has been amongst England’s best players in the series, with only Ian Bell having scored more runs for the hosts in the opening four matches. Ravi Bopara has struggled having scored just 22 runs from three innings, while new Test skipper Alistair Cook has hardly fared better. He is averaging just 10.66 in the series.
As was the case in the Test matches, Hashim Amla has been a real thorn in England side, having scored 238 runs from his three visits to the crease in the 50 over matches. His 150 in game two was one of only two instances of a South African batsman passing 50 however and much more is expected of the likes of skipper AB de Villiers and JP Duminy , who was given a chance to bat at three in the most recent match.
England has a strong record against South Africa in recent ODI meetings between the sides, having won ten of the past 12 completed matches against the Proteas.
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