The 3rd Test between “South Africa vs England” will go live today at St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth, South Africa 10:00 am local time.
After South Africa dominated the first test and England answered the second test, you can imagine what will happen in the third test on Thursday (January 16) at St. George’s Park in Port Elizabeth. It has been so many times between these two teams, who are banned to 16 wins per game since South Africa was re-admitted to the international game.
It is perfectly coordinated: two faulty teams that urgently need a series win, after a difficult twelve months that led to a tie, in a series that has already experienced a lot of drama. This game, the 50th between the two teams since the readmission, should be a blast.
No team can take anything for granted. Over the course of a day, England has developed from the sublime to the ridiculous so much, let alone during a whole series, that it will certainly not be cocky. James Anderson’s absence with a rib injury he sustained when he won Newlands should also help keep her firmly on the ground. His five gates in South Africa’s first inning in Cape Town were a reminder of the continued excellence that makes England so happy. He leaves big boots to fill for the rest of the series.
The second test victory was achieved thanks to a number of important contributions from the younger English players. How they retire in Port Elizabeth will be an interesting subplot of the game. Dom Sibley’s first test at a hundred certainly means that South Africa has considered a new plan to attack him.
Ollie Pope’s first half-century of innings will have led to a similar analysis. Can Dom Bess settle in Cape Town, where he ran the entire game in less than two runs, as well as he? An important part of success at the test level is the ability to adapt to and respond to different challenges. That is the task that England’s offspring have to deal with.
Despite their victory at Centurion, South Africa has recently been on the poor side of inconsistency in test cricket. Your job is to prove that the Cape Town defeat was not a reversal of the mean, but a milestone on the road to improvement that started in SuperSport Park. Regardless, the second test defeat means that the honeymoon for the new coaching structure, led by Mark Boucher, is finally over. The pressure is high to avoid a third loss in the test series.
There is also concern over team captain Faf du Plessis, who has not had a test century since January last year and gave a bad shot in the second innings of the previous test when South Africa tried to save the game. In addition to the lack of runs, du Plessis also has off-field concerns about the state of transformation on his plate after Temba Bavuma, the official vice-captain, fell due to poor shape. His continued absence means that South Africa will not achieve its transformation goals, six color players, two of whom must be black Africans.
Teas Squads For “England vs South Africa” 3rd Test Live Today