England suffered a crushing seven-wicket defeat to South Africa in Tuesday’s first one-day international (Eng 11/4 2023 World Cup Outright).
The tourists came into the contest after winning the Test series against the same opposition 3-1 and opted to rest bowlers Jofra Archer and Mark Wood, while handing debuts to Tom Banton and Matt Parkinson.
South Africa won the toss and, opting to bowl first, had England on the ropes at 131-6 (S Africa 10/1 2023 World Cup Outright).
However, a knock of 87 from Joe Denly helped steady the ship and the tourists eventually posted a competitive score of 258-8 from their 50 overs.
In response, South Africa took advantage of a second-string England bowling attack, as captain Quinton de Kock made a well-worked century.
The left-hander was eventually dismissed for 107 by Joe Root, but not before he had produced a partnership of 169 with Temba Bavuma, who fell just two runs short of reaching three figures.
South Africa eventually achieved their target with 14 balls and seven wickets to spare and now hold a 1-0 advantage heading into the final two matches of the series.
The second ODI takes place in Durban on Friday and England captain Eoin Morgan knows the world champions will have to improve across the board if they are to fight their way back into the series.
“We were way off the mark and were hurt,” he told Sky Sports. “South Africa outplayed us in all departments and we have no excuses.
“We didn’t adapt to the conditions. We knew it wasn’t going to be an absolute run-fest but every batsman, other than Denly and Woakes, struggled to get going, which probably emphasised we are a bit rusty.”