Cricket Match Information:
South Africa vs England third cricket test match will be played at Port Elizabeth. Like the first two test matches, this game will be part of ICC World Test Championship as well. The series is currently evenly poised at 1-1 and this test match is expected to be a thriller. Our prediction expert reckons England will now have the upper hand, having won the second test match.
- Tournament: ICC World Test Championship
- Cricket Match format: Test
- Cricket match time: 1:30 pm IST
- Cricket match date: 16.01.2020
- Venue: St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth
- Weather: Temperature: 28 degrees, Thunderstorms: 0%
- Team A: South Africa
- Team B: England
- Team A Captain: Faf du Plessis
- Team B Captain: Joe Root
South Africa are being led by Faf du Plessis in this cricket series. The joy of winning the first test match proved to be short-lived as England bounced back strongly to win the second test match. After a poor 2019, South Africa would have been hoping to get off to a winning start in home series.
South Africa have undergone a lot of changes in their management in the aftermath of their poor World Cup performance and whitewash in India. Mark Boucher has been named as the interim coach of the cricket team, whereas Graeme Smith has been named as the director of Cricket South Africa.
Our prediction is of the same playing eleven that played the last cricket game despite the loss.
Here is our prediction of South Africa’s playing XI:
- Faf du Plessis
- Quinton de Kock
- D Pretorius
- Kagiso Rabada
- Dean Elgar
- Anrich Nortje
- Zubair Hamza
- Kesav Maharaj
- Vernon Philander
- J Malan
- Rassie van der Dussen
England are being led by Joe Root in this cricket series. England would have been thrilled with the win in the second test match. That win has now pushed them to the third spot behind India and Australia on the points table.
England yet again got the performance that is needed from the player of the calibre of James Anderson and Ben Stokes. Although Anderson did not bowl much in the second innings, his 5-for in the first inning brought the game back towards England.
Ben Stokes then took over with the bat in the second innings and won the game with the ball through his three-wicket haul late in the innings.
Our prediction is of the inclusion of Mark Wood in place of injured James Anderson in the playing eleven.
Here is our prediction of England’s playing XI:
- Joe Root
- Mark Wood
- Stuart Broad
- Z Crawley
- Sam Curran
- Rory Burns
- Joe Denly
- Jonny Bairstow
- Ollie Pope
- Jos Butler
- D Sibley
Expert Prediction: SA vs ENG
Times quickly change in the world of cricket. While a fortnight ago England were feeling a bit hapless and did not know where their next overseas victory is going to come, South Africa, on the other hand, were feeling a lot better than they did in the entire year of 2019. However, now after the second test match, tables have turned and South Africa find themselves under pressure yet again, whereas England have tasted blood and will not settle before winning the series.
England will be fancying their chance of getting an overseas series victory after their impressive showing in the last game. Ben Stokes cannot do any wrong, skipper Joe Root seems to have found his mojo, Joe Denly has been consistent while Ollie Pope seems to be a great find. Add to it is the experience of Stuart Broad and they seem to have a lethal combination all of a sudden.
There is growing pressure on South African captain Faf du Plessis now due to back-to-back losses in many past games. If he does not help South Africa win the series at home, there might be a change at the leadership level as well.
Our prediction is of a win for England. They have all the momentum now and it will be difficult for South Africa to stop them.
Toss prediction? – Our prediction is that the team winning the toss would like to bat first. As proven in the first cricket game, the chasing will prove to be difficult once again. Hence, the team winning the toss is likely to bat first unless there is a lot of grass left on the pitch.
Who will win? – England
Top Batsman – Quinton de Kock (SA), Ben Stokes (ENG)
Top Bowler – Kagiso Rabada (SA), Sam Curran (ENG)
Most Sixes – Quinton de Kock (SA), Ben Stokes (ENG)
Man of the Match – Sam Curran (ENG)
Team Scores Batting first – South Africa (250+), England (250+)
Our Official Partner Odds for South Africa vs England
South Africa – 2.25
Draw – 6.00
England – 2.20
*odds may change anytime