International Cricket does not stop for long time specially in English Summers. It’s been just 3 days when the Champions Trophy has ended and the series between England and South Africa is going to start today.
Both the teams have rested number of their first-class players in the series. Botht he teams want them to rest for the 4 test matches which are going to be played at Lord’s.
For England, there will be no Ben Stokes, Joe Root, Adil Rashid.
For Africa, there will be no Rabada, Amla, Duminy, Du Plessis. Du Plessis might not play the test series because of the birth pf his baby.
in Morgan, England’s captain, has already confirmed that each of the five uncapped members of his squad will be given a maiden appearance in the coming three games, which means that some of the most talked-about young players in the country – most notably Liam Livingstone, Tom Curran and Mason Crane.
Last 5 Completed matches, most recent first
South Africa WLLWW
The pitch is likely to be hard, flat and true. In the most recent completed one-day match at the Ageas Bowl, back in May, Glamorgan chased down 333 to beat Hampshire by three wickets. More of the same should satisfy an anticipated capacity crowd.
The weather is going to be very hot.
in 4games played at Rose Bowl ground this season . First inning scores have been (1-2 denotes match won by side batting first or second)
140/2, 248/1, 163/1, 179/1
Average first team total in last 4 matches is 183.
England 1 Jason Roy, 2 Alex Hales, 3 Sam Billings, 4 Eoin Morgan (capt), 5 Jonny Bairstow, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Liam Dawson, 8 Chris Jordan, 9 Tom Curran, 10 Mason Crane, 11 Mark Wood.
South Africa 1 JJ Smuts, 2 Reeza Hendricks, 3 AB de Villiers (capt), 4 David Miller, 5 Farhaan Berhardien, 6 Mangaliso Mosehle (wk), 7 Wayne Parnell, 8 Dwaine Pretorius, 9 Andile Phehlukwayo, 10 Dane Paterson, 11 Imran Tahir/Tabraiz Shamsi
Player To watch For:
AB De Villiers:
Ostensibly, it’s a match for the kids, but one old stager has left himself a fair amount to prove in these three contests.
He is a versatile player. He will surely be a player to watch for.
He is a dependable player for England side. He is an excellent player as well as a good leader. He manages the team exceptionally good. He would be disappointed as his team did not even qualify for Finals.
Stats and trivia
* The last time these two sides met in a T20 international was a tussle for the ages – an unforgettable encounter in the 2016 World T20 in Mumbai, when England hunted down a record target of 230 to win by two wickets with two balls to spare.
* Overall, South Africa have had the better of the rivalry in 20-over cricket. Since 2007, they have won seven matches to England’s four, with one abandonment.
* AB de Villiers needs another 43 runs to become the second South African, after JP Duminy, to reach 1500 T20 runs.