Cricket News: South Africa vs England, 3rd T20I Match, Preview, squads news & Pitch report
It is not easy for Quinton de Kock to be given the Captaincy before two back-to-back World Cups right now, even though it is exciting for any cruciferous player. For some time now, South Africa was in anarchy. Something always happens on the ground and for a while they have not been able to give their fans on the ground joy. It’s essential that South Afrika, following a disappointing campaign at the 50th World Cup last year in England, put on a better show in India at the showpiece event T20 next year. And thus on Tuesday, 1 December, the final T20I against England is not a dead rubber.
You had your moments at both games in the series, but the enforced crown break was not successful and you returned to cricket home.
England still found ways to come out on top on both occasions and they are increasingly looking like a well-oiled unit to challenge for top honours in 2021 and 2022. Clearly, these two sides are at the opposite ends of the spectrum. The shoddy Sunday Batting display only increases their troubles and de Kock has more responsibility to shoulder. De Kock’s task in a difficult Southern African set up is becoming harder and tough each day after he has experienced highs in the Indian dugout in 2019 and again in this year surrounded by world-class players.
In the batting department, the home side will in particular look for a strong finish. Clearly, boundaries had not reached the background. Perhaps one batsman from the top four needs to fill the innings deeply. Despite leading charts in the recently concluded IPL, Kagiso Rabada has looked less penetrating, but South Africa will support him for good.
South Africa opt to bat
Match: South Africa vs England
Series: England tour of South Africa, 2020
Date: Tuesday, December 01, 2020
Time: 18:00 local / 16:00 GMT / 21:00 PST
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Weather and Pitch Conditions:
Slow bowlers will be expected to make an impact from both sides. The teams return to Newlands to play on the same surface and the likes of Adil Rashid and Shamsi will fancy their chances of fetching more success.
Today’s Playing XI:
Quinton de Kock (C & WK), Temba Bavuma, Reeza Hendricks, Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, George Linde, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi
Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (WK), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Eoin Morgan (C), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan/Mark Wood
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