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England vs South Africa 2017, 2nd Test Preview: Hosts Look To Continue Dominance Over Proteas 

England vs South Africa 2017, 2nd Test Preview: Hosts Look To Continue Dominance Over Proteas
England will be fielding the same eleven in the second Test match against South Africa. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

Hosts England will look to continue their good work once they take the field against the Proteas in the 2nd Test match at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Friday. It was an exceptional inning from the blade of newly appointed captain Joe Root which made the difference between the two sides and allowed the hosts to dominate the majority of the match.

England won a crucial toss on a pitch which deteriorated rather quickly and made the visitors’ life difficult on an already weary turf. Their batting line-up doesn’t look organised and balanced with many of their big players missing out due to injuries and Kolpak deals.

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Despite their defeat, the visitors had a quite a few positives to take from the previous game and the return of Faf du Plessis will surely bolster their chances for the must-win encounter at Nottingham.

Team News

England

England has a pretty balanced side and it was evident from their performance in the opening Test which saw most of their players contributing in some way or the other. Be it with the bat, ball or in the field especially on a weary track in Lord’s all the players put their hands up and did the job for the team.

Captain Joe Root was the standout performer with his brilliant 190, especially in a match where the 2nd highest score was a mere 80 odd runs. He applied himself very well on the difficult track and made the Proteas bowling line-up look clueless. It was his well-crafted innings which proved to be the main difference between the two sides.

South Africa

The return of Faf du Plessis will surely give ample confidence to the visitors who have been jolted by the absence of AB de Villiers and some of their other stars due to their Kolpak deal. The visitors boast of a pretty solid bowling attack and has the ability to dismantle any star-studded batting line-up. The inclusion of Chris Morris or Andile Phelukwayo might be a wise option for the Proteas given their hard-hitting abilities with the bat and exceptional abilities with the ball in hand.

Morris has the ability to trouble any good batsmen and on his day can deposit good bowlers all around the park too. Batting is an area of concern for South Africa but with the return of du Plessis, will look to utilise the batsmen in the best possible manner. Despite England’s 211 runs victory in the opening Test, the visitors are expected to give the hosts a run for their money in the 2nd Test.

Squads

England

Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Gary Ballance, Joe Root(c), Jonny Bairstow(w), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Liam Dawson, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, James Anderson, Toby Roland-Jones

South Africa

Dean Elgar, Heino Kuhn, Hashim Amla, Jean-Paul Duminy, Temba Bavuma, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock(w), Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Morne Morkel, Faf du Plessis(c), Aiden Markram, Chris Morris, Duanne Olivier, Andile Phehlukwayo

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