Australia Capture T20 Series with Decisive Decider in Cape Town

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The Proteas are the ones who needed the sandpaper this year, but there was none to be found. It was all hidden away with the Baggy Green touring.

A belt sander may be necessary, though, as South Africa need to find a way to come up with 98 runs from 27 balls in order to make the 194 target.

Just as we wrote that last sentence, we learned that Mitchell Starc dismissed Kagiso Rabada to give Australia the T20 series win.

Australia won by 97 runs and there can be no questions around two issues.

One, the Aussie attack is the best in cricket. We are talking to you, India.

Two, the ODIs start next week. No need to tell which side is favoured.

While we are pondering the victory, we numbers blokes must mention that the 97 run margin is eight better than the margin the Richmond Tigers hung on GWS in the 2019 AFL Grand Final.

In the third T20, South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl. That seemed the proper strategy, but as is often the case with strategies, the strategy backfired when South Africa was moderately successful at keeping Australia within site, but could not hit enough to chase down the target.

We must include that South Africa was treated warmly by the host spectators, apparently in a forgiving mood post-sandpaper gate.

Australia have found a good lineup that remained fixed for the series and will probably not see much change for the ODIs.

The weather in South Africa was hot and dry and was thought to support slower bowling, but the Proteas may have erred in having only Tabraiz Shamsi for a spinner.

Mitchell Starc took three wickets, as did Aston Agar. Adam Zampa contributed two, with one going to both Pat Cummins and Mitchell Marsh.

The first ODI is on Saturday, February 29 at Boland Park in Paarl.

The ICC had South Africa ranked fourth on the men’s ODI table, one spot better than Australia, but Australia are the top of the chart when it comes to T20I rankings.