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|Faf du Plessis||20||28||3||1||71.43|
|Rassie van der Dussen||51||67||5||0||76.12|
|Quinton de Kock||34||37||2||3||91.89|
|Jofra Chioke Archer||17.0||1||102||5||6.00|
|Jofra Chioke Archer||4||5||1||0||80.00|
|Faf du Plessis||29||80||5||0||36.25|
|Rassie van der Dussen||6||34||1||0||17.65|
|Quinton de Kock||95||128||14||0||74.22|
|Jofra Chioke Archer||19.0||4||65||1||3.42|
|Jofra Chioke Archer||3||11||0||0||27.27|
Needless to day, it hasn't been easy last few months for the Proteas. They were beaten ruthlessly by Sri Lanka in an away series and failed to trouble India in a series thereafter. However, a lot has changed since then. South African cricket management, along with the team, has gone through plenty of changes in recent times and the fans will be banking on these changes to inspire Proteas' and produce a nostalgious effort against England. South Africa's home series against England begins on 26th December with the first match set to be played at SuperSport Park, Centurion. Both the sides are in the bottom half of the ICC World Championship and we could see that change drastically once the series is concluded. England and South Africa are both in a rebuilding phase and a win in this series would do world of good for either of the teams. Considering that, we expect both the teams to come out all guns blazing in the opening encounter to win the match and set the tone for the remainder of the series.
Mark Boucher, South Africa's newly appointed head coach, recently alluded to his team as a wounded buffalo. South Africa's performance has dropped significantly in recent times and even though a lot of that has to do with Proteas playing in unfavorable and unfamiliar conditions, the Proteas failed to even put up a fight on their away tours. However, they have always been tough contendors while playing at home and it would not different this time around as well.
Unlike England, South Africa do not have any players suffering from injuries or sickness and they are expected to field their full-strength playing eleven. Vernon Philander, who will retire after this series, is fully fit and is likely to walk into a relatively inexperienced bowling attack. The likes of Lungi Ngidi & Anrich Nortje Struggled against India and we are likely to see Nortje making way for Philader. Rabada, however, did a decent job and is likely to retain his place.
While South Africa's top-order looks pretty balanced, it is their middle-order that lacks meat. Their move to open with Quinton de Kock in the third Test against India flopped big-time and de Kock will expectedly move back to his usual number six spot. Aiden Markram, who was listless against India, will come in to the side to open with Dean Elgar. When in form, South Africa's top-order consisting of Dean Elgar, Faf du Plessis, Aiden Markram, and Temba Bavuma looks fantastic, but the fact that their batsmen haven't fired consistently would be concerning for their management.
Zubayr Hamza was perhaps the only positive that South Africa could draw from their tour to India. Hamza played a brilliant knock of 62 against India's lethal bowling attack and would be confident of repeating the same feat, if not better, in home conditions. While their batting may not inspire confidence, it has the ability to stick around in tough situations. With Quinton de Kock coming in at number six and the likes of Linde, Philander, and Dane Piedt to follow, the Proteas have a batting lineup, whose tail can wag and irritate any opposition in the world.
While inexperience could be a factor of concern for the Proteas, they would also enjoy playing at home, in familiar conditions. The Proteas have always been a tough unit to beat and home and there is no reason to believe that they wouldn't be a tough unit to face this time around as well. England would have to play really well to outdo this very talented, albeit a bit inexperience, Proteas side.
Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Zubayr Hamza, RVD Dussen, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Dwaine Pretorius, VD Philander, K Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje.
With the way English campaign of South Africa has started, Joe Root would not be a very amused man. A bout of sickness for a few England players has made things a bit more complicated than they were when the tourists arrived in South Africa.
As many as six English players have been reported to be showing symptoms of flu-like sickness with Chris Woakes being the most prominent of those. He did exceedingly well in the warm-up match as he kept hosts quiet by bowling a barrage of bouncers, a strategy that would have been ideal on the Centurion's surface. Sam Curran is likely to come into the side for Chris Woakes. The other man likely to miss the upcoming encounter is Ben Stokes. Stokes, who has been the stand-out player for England in recent times, missed the training to be with his seriously-ill father. It remains to be seen whether or not Ben Stokes would take the field in the first match.
All is not gloomy for England, though. Their pace battery, comprising of Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, and James Anderson all appeared to have recovered from sickness and had a long and hard training session on Christmas Eve. They are likely to shoulder the load for England's pace bowling department.
Centurion isn't known to assist spinners and England do not have a proven spinner either. They'd be contemplating the decision to include or not to include Jack Leach in the playing eleven for the first match. While a spinner would help England seamers to rest between tiring spells, he could very well be targeted by South Africa's middle-order. Additionaly, Joe Root can play the role of plugging one end and therefore we might see England go in with a four-men bowling attack, including Curran.
While England's bowling has done reasonably well in recent times - be it Ashes or the series against New Zealand, it's their batting that has let them down. They are yet to zero in on a opening combination, but with Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, and Joe Denly getting some runs, it appears that Joe Root might not have to come in and face a newish moving ball. Stokes' absence will allow Jonny Bairstow to make a comeback into the side and they way he performed in the tour game should boost his as well as the team's confidence. Also, Joe Root had been under heavy criticism for his own form prior to his fantastic double hundred against the Kiwis. With new-found confidence, Joe Root could be prove to be a dangerous batsmen to bowl to for the Proteas.
With Chris Woakes likely to be absent, England have a long tail, which is a lot unlike them. Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, and James Anderson can all bat, but depending upon the trio to bail the team out of trouble would probably a bit too much to ask from them. All in all, England have some big issues to address and that would not be easy. Having said that, they have a pretty big squad with almost like for like replacement available for every player. Experience of playing in South African can play a key role and if the English can deal with that, they could pose a huge threat for the Proteas.
Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Joe Denly, JE Root, BA Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Jofra Chioke Archer, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.
With the surface likely to deteriorate and deteriorate quickly, batting fourth would not be easy. Also, the first two days are the best days to bat in Centurion. The team winning the toss is likely to bat first.
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Centurion has never been a friendly venue for the spinners. Over the last ten years, spinners have averaged over 64, which is a lot as compared to seamer's average of around 24. Considering that as well as the nature of the surface, banking on spinners would probably not be the right way to go. Thunderstorms are expected amidst the test match and with overcast conditions, seamers would be tough to play against on the Centurion surface, which generally starts offering uneven bounce from the third day. Batting fourth on this surface would be a monumental task and the team batting first should be pretty happy with any total of over 370 runs.
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Both the sides have their own problems going into the first match of the series. While Proteas have a relatively inexperienced bowling attack, England are likely to find it hard to get their combination perfect with their key players likely to miss the opening game of the series. While South Africa have struggled in recent times, they did pretty well in their last home series. England, on the other hand, are coming off a tough loss to New Zealand. There's little to separate the two sides and a hard-fought encounter is certainly on the cards. Considering that the Proteas have the advantage of playing at home and England are unlikely to come out with their full strength team in the first match, betting on a Proteas' win seems to be a better proposition. We think South Africa are better placed to emerge on top in this all-important first match of the series.
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