England vs South Africa 1st T20 Preview – 8th September

England and South Africa will now move onto the last part of the tour as they start to prepare for the T20 World Cup in 2 weeks time. England are the current T20 World Cup champions and you would think they will excel in this match but without Kevin Pietersen in their ranks they look quite weak. South Africa will start as favourites since they have a more balanced XI that is more than likely going to play.


Match Information :

September 8, Chester-le-Street
Starting Time: 1430 Local Time (1330 GMT Time)

Key Contest:

Dale Steyn vs Eoin Morgan

With Kevin Pietersen out of England’s short term plans Eoin Morgan will have to step up into KP’s role since Morgan is a huge hitter of the ball but hasn’t endured the same amount of success as Pietersen. Dale Steyn will be key for South Africa in the T20 World Cup and will need to continue his great form after a modest ODI series yet brilliant test series. Eoin Morgan displayed some good knocks in the ODI series and if he can continue it till after the T20 World Cup England should be quite successful.

Team News:

Graeme Swann was rested for the ODI’s but he should be all rested and should return to the XI. Steven Finn and Tim Bresnan are both carrying niggles and could be ruled out for the match thus meaning that James Anderson could get called up.

England (possible) 1 Craig Kieswetter (wkt), 2 Alex Hales, 3 Ravi Bopara, 4 Eoin Morgan, 5 Jonny Bairstow, 6 Jos Buttler, 7 Samit Patel, 8 Graeme Swann, 9 Stuart Broad (capt), 10 Steven Finn, 11 Jade Dernbach

Jacques Kallis will return to the set-up for the T20’s after being rested for the ODI’s. A few other changes from the ODI team is that Richard Levi will come in and open the batting and Johan Botha will be included as the spinner.

South Africa (possible) 1 Richard Levi, 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Jacques Kallis, 4 AB de Villiers (capt & wk), 5 JP Duminy, 6 Justin Ontong, 7 Wayne Parnell, 8 Johan Botha, 9 Robin Peterson, 10 Dale Steyn, 11 Morne Morkel


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