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ICC CWC 2019 ENG vs RSA preview: Will no Steyn in playing 11 hurt S Africa?

The first match of ICC World Cup 2019 is likely to be a run fest. England have lost only one of their last 15 ODIs at home. South Africa handed Sri Lanka a 5-0 whitewash in their last series.

World cup 2019 England vs South Africa Eoin Morgan Faf Du Plessis
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England skipper Eoin Morgan (L) and South Africa skipper Faf Du Plessis (R)

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When hosts England face South Africa in the opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at the Oval in London on Thursday, expect a run fest of sorts -- both England and South Africa have enough arsenal in their playing 11 to unleash a run riot.  Ranked as the top team in the ICC ODI team rankings and touted as the favourites to win the cricket world cup, Eoin Morgan-led England will have the advantage of home conditions. Also, in their last series before the World Cup, they thrashed a young Pakistan side 4-0. South Africa, on the

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First Published: May 29 2019 | 10:03 PM IST

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