February 24 - Cricket lovers are hoping that the South Africa vs. New
Zealand ODI Series will be as exciting and nail biting as the recently
concluded T20 Series was. South Africa won the T20 Series, but the matches were
much closer than predicted by the odds offered at online betting sites.
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The schedule for the South Africa vs. New Zealand ODI Series is as follows.
First ODI at Wellington on Saturday, February 25
Second ODI at Napier on Wednesday, February 29
Third ODI at Auckland on Saturday, March 3
The Proteas have announced their 14 man squad for the South Africa vs. New
Zealand ODI Series. As expected the veterans Jacques Kallis, Graeme Smith and
Dale Steyn have been included. There were many South African fans who expected
Richard Levi to be in the squad after his electrifying performance in the second
T20 game. His century in 45 balls was the fastest ever in the history of T20
Andrew Hudson, chief selector of Cricket South Africa explained Levi’s
omission. They want to make sure that Levi is well prepared for the T20 World
Cup in September this year. The next step for Levi is the T20 Challenge, the
South African tournament, in which he plays for Cape Cobras. Hudson was all
praise for Levi and said, “He is an exciting prospect for us and he will be
monitored and nurtured accordingly. His time will come.”
Meanwhile the Black Caps too have announced their team for the South Africa
vs. New Zealand ODI Series. From the ODI squad that played against Zimbabwe
earlier, Brownlie, Oram and Latham are out and Franklin, Ryder and McKay are in.
Brownlie and Oram have injuries, whereas Tom Latham, like Levi, is being
nurtured for the future.
South Africa vs. New Zealand ODI Series Odds
The online betting site Sportingbet SA is offering a number of markets for
the South Africa vs. New Zealand ODI Series. Despite the close contests in the
T20 matches, the odds favour South Africa by far. The odds at
for the ODI Series winner are as follows.
South Africa 4/9
New Zealand 8/5
An interesting market is the top run scorer for the series. South African
punters will be delighted to see that the four players with the shortest odds
are from the Proteas. From the New Zealand team Brendon McCullum makes the cut.
The odds for these players are as follows.
Hashim Amla 4/1
Jacques Kallis 4/1
AB de Villiers 6/1
Graeme Smith 6/1
Brendon McCullum 7/1
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