While South Africa is the second ranked ODI team in the world, New Zealand is at the seventh spot on the Reliance ICC Rankings for ODI teams. Additionally, South Africa has three batsmen - AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock - and two bowlers - Dale Steyn and Ryan McLaren - in the top 10 ODI rankings.
Crucially the visitors will be eyeing more than just good preparation in the conditions they will face next year, but also a 3-0 series win, which would put the Proteas into first place on the Team Rankings table.
The first two ODIs will be played at the Bay Oval in North Island's Mount Maunganui, while the third will be played at the Seddon Park in Hamilton.
21: The ODI series begins on the 21st of October, the earliest ever start to a New Zealand home international series.
58: The two teams have played 58 ODIs against each other, with South Africa leading 34-20 with four no-results.
2-1: The score to New Zealand when the sides last met – in a three-match series in South Africa in January 2013.
9-7: New Zealand’s lead in ODIs between the sides played in New Zealand. There have also been two no-results.
3: New Zealand has beaten South Africa in each of the last three ICC Cricket World Cup tournaments – at Johannesburg in 2003 when Stephen Fleming inspired his side to a 9 wicket win, at St George’s when Craig McMillan’s all-round effort saw a 5 wicket win and most recently in the Quarter-Finals in Mirpur where Jesse Ryder’s 81 and Jacob Oram’s 4 wickets saw a stunning 49 run win.
1: This is New Zealand’s first ODI at the Bay Oval at Mount Maunganui.
4: The catches needed by Brendon McCullum to reach 250 in his ODI career.
51: The runs needed by Nathan McCullum to reach 1000 in his ODI career.
1: AB de Villiers' position in the ICC ODI Batting Rankings. He averages 73.75 with a strike-rate of 116.60 in his last 16 matches
5: Quinton de Kock’s centuries in his first 19 ODIs – two more than anyone else in the same period of time as the left-handed wicket keeper batsman has started his career with a bang for South Africa.
54.36: Hashim Amla’s batting average – the highest of anyone in ODI history with at least 30 completed ODI innings.
6: Faf du Plessis’ scores of more than fifty in his last nine ODI matches, including stunning Man of the Tournament efforts in South Africa’s triumph in the Triangular series against Australian and Zimbabwe last month.
32: Dale Steyn’s wickets in his last 13 ODIs to move up to third place in the world in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings.
35: Ryan McLaren’s wickets in his last 18 ODIs as the right arm seamer has become an attacking threat for the Proteas.
159.39: Corey Anderson’s strike rate in his 12 ODIs to date, the left-hander holds the record for the fastest ODI century in history following his remarkable effort against West Indies on January 1st this year in Queenstown.
27: The matches it took Shane Bond to reach 50 ODI wickets, which is a New Zealand record. Mitchell McClenaghan has so far taken 48 wickets in 22 matches and could break his now bowling coach’s record.
115: The number of days to New Zealand’s opening game in the ICC Cricket World Cup from the morning of the first game. New Zealand’s first game is also the tournament’s opening match as they face off against 2011 finalists Sri Lanka in Christchurch in Pool A.