In the first game of the five match series in Bloemfontein on Wednesday England went 1-0 up scoring 399 then ahead on Duckworth-Lewis when the rain came midway through the second innings.

On Saturday (8am GMT start) the second game takes place in the coastal town of Port Elizabeth

Recommendation: England to win the second ODI at Evens with Bet365

Unlike the first game this is not a day-nighter. In day-night ODIs outside the UK there is often a big advantage to winning the toss and batting, putting up a score and then defending a total under lights. The Port Elizabeth match is a day-only game, which creates some opportunities in betting markets

England’s approach to ODIs is much changed. Only a year ago the side was eliminated from the group stages of the World Cup in Australasia, followed by a disappointing result on the tour of the West Indies. In this format England had failed to move with the times, new regulations ((two power-plays, only four fielders outside the inner ring for the first forty overs) demanded a more aggressive batting approach than the way England had set up their ODI innings for decades, to accumulate in the early overs and then accelerate at the end.

This changed with the appointment of a new coach in the summer and a new team selection policy going for youth from the swathe of talented players in domestic cricket in the ODI and T20 formats. Results since have been encouraging, losing 3-2 to the Australians at the end of the Ashes tour and then winning against Pakistan 3-1 at the end of the UAE tour.

Specifically since the beginning of last summer England have four scores of 350+ and one of over 400 as the new approach takes effect. England reached 350 twice in their first 645 ODIs. They have reached it 5 times in 15 ODIs since then. In the first game of this series, England’s 399 was their highest ever away ODI score and was the first time 8 different batsmen have hit a six in an ODI innings. The England ODI team has rebuilt quickly, around a much younger core that is likely to be competitive in every series for the foreseeable future.

South Africa have problems in their bowling ranks for this series, with the continued absence of Dale Steyn through injury with Philander and Abbott missing too, while Rabada and Morkel are set to be rested for part of the series in advance of the T20 World Cp next month. In the first game, with Rabada absent the line up was vulnerable. They picked four front line bowlers, of whom De Lange struggled and bits and pieces bowlers combined for the overs required for the fifth bowler.

Port Elizabeth’s ground is within sight of the Ocean and traditionally offers support for swing bowlers, especially with the new ball. They have been four ODI’s at the ground since 2010, against varied opposition (West Indies, Australia, India and Pakistan) and in those games only 13 of the 53 wickets have fallen to spinners. Steyn has a 6 for and Morkel a 4 for opening the bowling in those games In the outright market. There is not as much toss bias as a day-nighter as both teams will be bowling in identical conditions.

England’s bowling attack in the first ODI saw Willey and Topley take the new ball, Jordan at first change, Rashid and Ali for the middle overs and Stokes as the sixth bowler. Bloemfontein produced blameless batting conditions with little help for the quicks, and Ali took 3 of the 5 South African wickets to fall.

A key question for the Port Elizabeth game will be team selection and rotation. There is Broad to come back in, and possibly Woakes too and Jordan the most vulnerable. Conditions should suit the new ball bowlers more and the spinners less.

In terms of the outright market for this second game, South Africa 10/11 England Evens sees a shortening of the England price after their first gsme victory but with bowling conditions likely to suit and Suth Africa’s bowling attack struggling to form, England is still the bet

Recommendation: England to win the second ODI at Evens with Bet365