England vs South Africa: Preview, Toss and Line Ups



South Africa (Playing XI): JJ Smuts, Reeza Hendricks, AB de Villiers(c), David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, Mangaliso Mosehle(w), Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Morne Morkel, Dane Paterson



England (Playing XI): Jason Roy, Sam Billings, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan(c), Jos Buttler(w), Liam Livingstone, Liam Dawson, David Willey, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Tom Curran


England won the toss and opted to bowl!


With time, South Africa’s misery run in the United Kingdom is getting worse day by day. South Africa went in to the Champions Trophy trying to shrug off the bitter defeat at the hand of the lions in the ODI series. But the shameful exit from the tournament only added to their tormented run. After a clinical win against an relatively inxperienced Lankan side, the Proteas lost to Pakistan and India and failed to reach the semifinal of yet another ICC tournament. Losing the first T20I against England on Wednesday only added to their miseries.

This is not what we are used to get from the South Africa side. The team seems to be going through an identity crisis as of late. Absence of many senior players from the team and  poor captaincy is further making things worse for them.

On the other hand, England have made a name for themselves in limited overs in recent years. Shaking of their test only tag, England are making necessary changes in their squad and administration to lift up in the limited overs cricket.

They have a dynamic captain in Eoin Morgan who leads from the front and sets examples for his fellow team mates. Jason Roy has added the much needed firepower at the top of the batting order. Young bowlers like David Willey are getting the classic swinging pace bowling in the limited overs arena.

After losing the first T20I, it would be interesting to see how South Africa cope up and come back with full force, or will they surrender to the might of England?



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