LONDON – At 11.30am today, South Africa start their journey towards attempting to lift the World Cup with their opening match against hosts England at The Oval.
Although not considered by any means favourites to win the tournament, claiming the scalp of the English could be just the tonic for the Proteas to go on to greater things in England.
Here we look at the key match-ups which will define today's titanic encounter.
Lungi Ngidi v Johnny Bairstow
Ngidi is coming back from an injury, Bairstow from a stellar IPL campaign. Things could not be more different. But that will all mean nothing this morning when Ngidi is charging in.