About the Match
England and South Africa both had disappointing Champions Trophy campaigns. England won all three of their group games and entered the semi-finals undefeated, but lost to an inspired Pakistan and missed out on one of their best chances to win a global ODI trophy. South Africa, on the other hand, could not even make the semis, despite entering the tournament as the number one ranked ODI team in the world. These sides will now face off in a T20I series, which does not have as high stakes as the Champions Trophy, but will provide both these sides the opportunity to test some new players. The first match of this series will be played at Ageas Bowl on 21st June and both these teams would be looking forward to starting the series on a winning note.
England is the host for this T20I series and also one of the most improved limited overs outfits in the last couple of years. They have proved to be a very dynamic T20I team in recent past; they were the finalists of the T20I world cup last year. They have been playing some fantastic cricket and have been very consistent.
The England batting lineup has been in sensational form lately, with Alex Hales, Jos Buttler, and Eoin Morgan all getting good scores in the recently concluded Champions Trophy. The bowling has also done well as a unit.
Being the hosts will provide England the all important home advantage. They will know the conditions inside out and the crowd will be on their side as well. This familiarity with conditions also brings added pressure though, and how well England is able to handle this pressure can determine the result of this game.
Most of the players in the English squad are in good form and have done well recently. England will be entering this game with a well-balanced squad and some good recent success. Though how successful they will be against South Africa will depend on how well they are able to handle the pressure of expectations.
South Africa entered the Champions Trophy as the number one ranked ODI team in the world. They entered the tournament with high expectations, but were unable to meet those and bowed out of the tournament without even making the semi-finals.
South Africa has been in good form of late but was undone by a strong and disciplined Pakistan bowling performance and a great overall team effort by India during the Champions Trophy. This T20I series now presents a great opportunity for them to let go of all the disappointments of Champions Trophy and blood some new players for the future.
South Africa will have a good chance in this series. The conditions in England suit their pace dominant bowling attack as well as their batsmen who like batting on bouncy surfaces. South Africa is a well-balanced team and is in decent form right now and this game presents a great opportunity for them to start afresh. They will just want to focus on playing some good aggressive cricket and not letting expectations hinder their thinking too much.
Both England and South Africa would be missing some of their key players and a lot of new players will make their debuts for both the sides. Both teams have been in good form in limited overs cricket in the recent past, but the England batting line-up expected to play this game appears to be more settled and a lot more explosive as compared to their South African counterparts and this gives them a slight upper hand in this contest.