Match and Pitch Condition
Weather: Few showers are expected in the early morning but the weather is expected to be clear during the course of the match. The maximum temperature is expected to go up to 23°C.
Pitch Condition: In the recent Domestic one-day matches, Hampshire’s spinners Mason Crane and Liam Dawson shared 13 wickets among them in 3 matches. So, there might be some assist for the spinners. Also, the ground has been a high-scoring venue in recent past so expect another score around 300-350.
- Stokes has been declared fit after he felt some soreness in his knees while bowling in the last match. He is likely to play in this match.
- Jason Roy’s form would be a concern for England camp. He has only 1 half century from last 11 innings.
- However, they are most likely to go with the same XI that played in the last match.
- They might not want to change the tried and tested batting line-up.
- However, they may change one or two bowlers in the bowling line-up. Morne Morkel may come in for Andile Phehlukwayo or Wayne Parnell and if they look to go with an extra all-rounder, they might include Dwaine Pretorius.
- Rest of the squad is expected to remain same.
Probable Playing XI: (In the Batting order)
England: Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood/David Willey.
South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (c), Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell/Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel/Andile Phehlukwayo, Imran Tahir.
- At the options where players are separated by slash ‘/’, the first player mentioned is the more likely to play.
My Dream11 pick
England: Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler (wk), Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, David Willey.
South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (c), Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Morne Morkel, Keshav Maharaj, Chris Morris, Dwaine Pretorius, Farhan Behardien, Andile Phehlukwayo, Wayne Parnell.