About the Match
Joe Root's couldn't have been happier after his first Test as a skipper got concluded. England registered a resounding victory over South Africa in the opening Test of the series. The second Test of the series commences on 14th of July at Trent Bridge with Faf du Plessis resuming his duties as the Protean skipper. England's recent record while playing in England hasn't been particularly good after winning the first game. Often a win has been followed by an extremely poor performance resulting in a loss against the run of play. South Africa will look to take advantage of it which could make things interesting in the 2nd Test.
England have been pretty inconsistent with their performance of late and questions regarding their inconsistency have haunted them. The last eighteen months have been prime examples of it with a drawn series against Pakistan and 11-12 Win/Loss record in Ashes since 2015.
Joe Root's side will be riding high on confidence after a clinical win in the first match. Although Liam Dawson, Gary Ballance, and Mark Wood have been doing particularly well, all eyes would be critical of them considering a couple of guys are still knocking on the door of English side selection. Joe Root and Moeen Ali were extremely good in the first Test and would like to continue their strong performance.
Trent Bridge has been one of the luckiest ground for England recently with nine wins out of their last twelve games they've played here. Many English fans have started considering the 4-0 whitewash, but England would have to get past the mental barrier of inconsistency first. South Africa is a good side and a little let off could hurt England big time which they would not want.
South Africa is one of the strongest sides in world Cricket, but going by the recent results, the strength is only on papers. Since their arrival on English soil, they've hardly won a match convincingly. Most of the times, their team failed to click together and that coupled with injuries resulted in hammering in all three forms of Cricket.
Faf du Plessis' result will be a big boost for Proteas as he would leave a calming influence on the side. The team is struggling to get runs with the likes of Amla, Elgar and de Kock going through the drought as far as scoring runs are concerned. Their bowling, however, has done alright with Morkel, Rabada, and Philander delivering the goods. Keshav Maharaj was good in the first test, but he'd have to improve further so as to make a match-winning impact.
Trent Bridge's pitch could bring in the life to the South African team. Trent Bridge is known to assist quicks, and with such a formidable battery of seamers, the Proteas will be fancying their chances. However, if the toss doesn't go well for them, they might well be tasting their own medicine with the form their batsmen are in and strong English bowling attack.
Rain is expected to interpt the play on second and third days with pitch expected to suit seamers on the first day. Consdering the weather is going to stay cloudy for at least first couple of days, both the skippers will like to bowl first. South Africa will be hoping for change in their fortunes with the arrival of Faf du Plessis and England will be looking to get consitent in winning second game of the series. It could well end up in a draw if weather plays spoilsport, otherwise England look favorites to go 2-0 up in the series