While England might have lost their number one ranking in Test cricket, they still hold that claim in the world one-day international rankings, although the fact that they lead the Proteas by one sixth of a point means that the tourists can reel them in.
Even so, Alastair Cook has led England’s 50-over side to 10 consecutive wins in 2012 including an impressive recent 4-0 series win over Australia, with Sportingbet offering a tempting 11/10 that they claim a series win against the South Africans.
Several members of the Test team will line up for England in this series, including Cook, Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn and James Anderson. The fact that they will all be smarting from that Test series reverse could stand them in good stead.
South Africa captain AB de Villiers will be urging his team not to be complacent after their Test win, with Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis a formidable opening pairing that helped their team claim a comfortable 3-0 win over New Zealand in the spring.
Ladbrokes offer a stand-out 11/10 that the tourists claim victory and those victories against the Kiwis were all comfortably achieved, with South Africa needing as little as 38 overs to bowl out their opponents.
It seems as though the two teams will be fairly evenly matched and that is reflected in the series correct score prices, with England available at 2/1 to claim a 3-2 win and the Proteas a shade bigger at 9/4 to win by the same scoreline.
If you think the home side will continue to show an unbeaten mentality and sweep their opponents aside, the 5-0 whitewash can be backed at 14/1 although surely the tourists are too good for that.