Australia will begin their 2018-19 home season with a three match ODI series against South Africa at Optus Stadium in Perth on Sunday. Australia have been struggling in ODIs for the last 18 months and they're coming off with a Test and T20I series loss against Pakistan and were whitewashed by England in their last ODI series. Though the return of their pace trio Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood will boost their confidence. On the other hand, South Africa are also reeling and haven't had a established batting line up yet. They'll miss the injured Hashim Amla and JP Duminy and in their absence new players have got good opportunity to cement their places for upcoming World Cup.
All the major stats and facts as Australia take on South Africa in the first ODI in Perth :
Head to Head -
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2 - Australia have won only two and lost sixteen of their last twenty ODIs. And two ODIs ended in no results.
2 - Aaron Finch has captained Australia twice in ODIs (against New Zealand in 2017) and in both ODIs Australia lost.
18.28 - Josh Hazlewood's ODI bowling average against South Africa. He has taken 14 wickets at this average in seven ODIs against them.
22 - Lungi Ngidi has taken 22 wickets at an average of 20.45 in 10 ODIs he has played this year.
149 - Imran Tahir (149 wickets) needs one more wicket to complete 150 ODI wickets. He'll be 8th South African player to achieve this milestone.
798 - Faf du Plessis has scored 798 runs at an average of 46.94 in 18 ODIs against Australia with three hundreds and fifties each.