Australia v South Africa: World Cup Cricket Betting Tips

By Craig Simpkin on July 4, 2019

The final group game of the Cricket World Cup 2019 sees Australia take on South Africa in a day-nighter at Old Trafford. But who do our World Cup tips for Australia v South Africa favour?

The Aussies have already secured their place in the semi-finals. However, don’t expect them to rest on their laurels here. They will want to finish top of the group phase, knowing that this will secure them a last four date against New Zealand or Pakistan – the two perceived ‘weaker’ teams left in the running.

As for South Africa, this has been a tournament to forget. It’s also one that has exposed an aging team in need of a dramatic makeover. But can they dig out a big performance here and surprise the sportsbooks?

What are the World Cup tips for Australia v South Africa?

It’s been a calendar month since Australia last lost a game in this competition. They have well and truly hit their straps, and a World Cup Satta on them at betting odds of 1.44 looks to be a given.

Can we give South Africa fans and cricket bettors any hope? There have been five occasions in this tournament where they could score over 300 runs in an innings; either posting a total or chasing one over that magic mark. They have subsequently only achieved the feat once.

Fire up the leading run scorers in the tournament so far and you will only find one South African in the top 20. In short, the Proteas are underperforming with the bat. Needless to say, that is not a recipe for success against an Australia top four in confident mood, namely Warner, Finch, Khawaja and Smith. Quite simply, we expect the Green and Gold to outscore South Africa here.

Match Odds Summary: Australia 1.44 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), South Africa 2.88.

What are the top batsman World Cup tips for Australia v South Africa?

– Australia Batsman Picks

The Australian batsman have thoroughly enjoyed themselves in this World Cup. In fact, Warner and Aaron Finch are the most productive opening partnership in a tournament packed with them.

Finch’s right-handedness makes him the pick here at 3.75 with bet365; the South African attack is fairly one dimensional in that all of their seamers are a similar pace and right-handed. Warner, also at 3.75, is by no means out of the equation.

Smith (4.50), Khawaja (5.00) and the exciting Glenn Maxwell (8.50) have also been in the runs. But they may find their time at the crease limited should Finch and Warner dominate as expected.

– South Africa Batsman Picks

As for the South Africans, Hashim Amla (4.50) found some form with 80 not out against Sri Lanka. However, he still looks vulnerable to high quality bowling. Therefore, his opening partner, Quentin de Kock, appeals at 4.00. As a left-hander he has a better chance of keeping out Mitchell Starc’s laser-focused missiles.

Faf du Plessis (4.50) is also in good touch with 63 and 96 not out in his last two innings. Still, he too is vulnerable against the moving ball, while the likes of Aidan Markram (6.00 with Betway) and Hendrik van der Dussen (6.50) are hard to believe in.

Top Batsman Odds Summary: Australia: Warner 3.75, Finch 3.75 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Smith 4.50, Khawaja 5.00, Marsh 7.50, Maxwell 8.50.

South Africa: De Kock 4.00 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Amla 4.50, Du Plessis 4.50, Markram 6.00, Van der Dussen 6.50, Miller 8.00.

What are the highest opening partnership World Cup tips for Australia v South Africa?

One of the other failings of South Africa in this tournament has been their inability to take early wickets. They mustered just two in the opening 10 overs against Sri Lanka and Pakistan, and one of those came in the last ball of the tenth over.

Warner and Finch should make hay early on. So, they have to be backed in this market at 1.67.

Highest Opening Partnership in Match Odds Summary: Australia 1.67 (Betway – Editor’s Pick), South Africa 2.20.