World Cup: South Africa holds edge over in-form England in ODIs

While England has steam-rolled Australia and Pakistan in recent times, historically it hasn't always had the best of records against South Africa.

South Africa has the wood over England in ODI cricket.   -  AP

England is set to host South Africa in the opening game of the World Cup at the Oval on Thursday. The home side is the number one ranked team in ODI cricket and is riding a wave of good form heading into the tournament.

While it has steam-rolled Australia and Pakistan in recent times, historically it hasn't always had the best of records against South Africa.

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Of the 59 matches these side have played against each other since 1992, the Proteas hold the slightest edge with 29 wins, while England has won 26.

However, the last time these two teams faced in a bilateral ODI series, England took home the series 2-1.

South Africa has won the toss in the World Cup opener and put England into bat.