Australia do have something to gain from the match. A win will guarantee them the number one spot at the end of the league stages. And that will be some achievement for a side that though defending champions were struggling till a year back in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal.
It would be interesting to see whether Australia make some changes and rest their two key bowlers, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc, for the inconsequential game. Then again, one wonders whether they would what to risk losing the winning momentum. With David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja all getting runs, the lack of form from Glenn Maxwell is the only reason to worry for the Aussies.
For South Africa, the World Cup got over long back. Since, they have been just completing the formalities. It was however good to see the likes of Hashim Amla and skipper Faf du Plessis getting among the runs. Although it has been a disappointing tournament for South Africa, their fans will have something to cheer about if they can pull one over Australia. Their supporters deserve some joy.
Australia: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Peter Handscomb, Alex Carey (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon
South Africa: Faf du Plessis (c), Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, JP Duminy, Dwaine Pretorius, Beuran Hendricks, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi
--By A Cricket Correspondent