Enjoying XI: South Africa: Dean Elgar(c), Sarel Erwee, Keegan Petersen, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne(wk), Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje
England: Alex Lees, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes(c), Ben Foakes(wk), Stuart Broad, Matty Potts, James Anderson, Jack Leach
Toss | South Africa gained the toss and selected to area first.
One other collection, one other continued chatter about Bazball. A lot that Dean Elgar needed to interject after some time by saying, “With all due respect I am not going to entertain that anymore,” on Tuesday. “We have chatted about it lengthy and laborious. I simply wish to crack on with the cricket. The sport deserves that respect. Mud-slinging is a factor of the previous for me. We’re not going to shuttle anymore about that.”
So as to add to the conundrum, the top coach Mark Boucher not solely denied speaking about it however declared a punishment of 1 tequila shot for individuals who utter the phrase.
For Ben Stokes, Brendon McCullum, and England, the group behind the B – phrase, it’s time to give attention to cricket, and let the bat and the ball do the speaking.
“The opposition appear to be doing a whole lot of speaking in the intervening time about it. We do not actually discuss it that a lot. We simply consider what we do. We have a method of play, they have a method of play. On the finish of the day, it is bat towards the ball. Whoever performs greatest over a Check match is greater than more likely to win. We do not dive into it an excessive amount of, however we’re completely satisfied for Dean [Elgar] and the South African group to maintain saying they are not however then additionally preserve speaking about it,” Stokes mentioned.
The three-match Check collection is a chance for England to drag off a fifth consecutive win within the format below the brand new coach-captain regime. South Africa need to chalk up a fifth successive collection with out defeat below Elgar.
For South Africa, it’s a daunting activity contemplating solely three members of their squad have performed Assessments in England earlier than – the captain himself, Elgar, Keshav Maharaj, and Kagiso Rabada. Temba Bavuma missed out on account of an elbow harm.
Additionally, South Africa are the present desk topper for the World Check Championship. This would possibly add to their confidence, or additionally add to the strain to keep up themselves there. England are a distant seventh on the desk. Their current type has been buzzing across the cricket world from east to west, however it’s extremely unlikely for them to achieve one of many prime two positions on this cycle.
After the baking warmth a few weeks in the past, the balmy climate is again in London which suggests the same old order of issues has been restored. Rain on Tuesday would not have helped both camps in deciding their enjoying XI.
Nonetheless, Check matches are by no means a uninteresting affair and the collection is predicted to be a cracking contest.