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Cricket Match Information:
South Africa vs England first cricket test match is going to be played at Centurion. It is a four-match test series and this series will be part of ICC World Test Championship. Currently on the points table, India are number one with seven wins out of seven cricket games while South Africa and England are on the last and sixth spot. Our prediction is of a tightly fought test match with South Africa being the favourites to win.
- Tournament: ICC World Test Championship
- Cricket Match format: T20
- Cricket match time: 01:30 pm IST
- Cricket match date: 26.12.2019
- Venue: SuperSport Park, Centurion
- Weather: More clouds than sun, Temperature: 32 degrees, Thunderstorms: 24%
- Team A: South Africa
- Team B: England
- Team A Captain: Faf du Plessis
- Team B Captain: Joe Root
South Africa are going to be led by Faf du Plessis in this four-match cricket series. They find themselves currently at the last spot with zero wins out of the three games of cricket.
South Africa have undergone a lot of changes in their management in the aftermath of a 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 inclusion of Rassie van der Dussen in the playing eleven.
Here is our prediction of South Africa’s playing XI:
- Faf du Plessis
- Quinton de Kock
- Temba Bavuma
- Kagiso Rabada
- Dean Elgar
- Anrich Nortje
- Zubair Hamza
- Kesav Maharaj
- Vernon Philander
- Aiden Markram
- Rassie van der Dussen
England are going to be led by Joe Root in this cricket series. England currently find themselves at the sixth spot with two wins out of five cricket games.
James Anderson is back for England in this cricket series after missing out the Ashes series due to injury. England have some other concerns now on the injury front and about Ben Stokes’ availability. Stokes’ father is currently ill and he may not play in this test match. In his absence, Jonny Bairstow is expected to play.
Our prediction is of the inclusion of Sam Curran in the playing eleven in place of Chris Woakes who is currently injured.
Here is our prediction of England’s playing XI:
- Joe Root
- James Anderson
- Stuart Broad
- Jofra Archer
- Sam Curran
- Rory Burns
- Joe Denly
- Jonny Bairstow
- Ollie Pope
- Jos Butler
- Matt Parkinson
Expert Prediction: SA vs ENG
ICC World test championship has begun to get serious now. Teams have played a certain number of cricket games now and with the final being 18 months away, they have a fair idea of how to reach there.
For starters, South Africa need to start winning games of cricket. They have so far played three games and lost all three of them quite easily. Their next four games are going to be played at home and they would like to move up the ladder at the end of the cricket series.
England currently find themselves in the middle. They had a drawn Ashes series at home followed by a loss against New Zealand in New Zealand. They now have a difficult challenge of playing South Africa in their backyard and it is going to be tough.
South Africa have undergone a lot of changes in their management in the aftermath of a 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. Clearly, they have eyes sight on regaining their old glory and have done everything they could from a management point of view.
England are currently sweating over the fitness issues of their players. Chris Woakes, Jack Leach and Mark Wood are not fit and with Stokes’ availability being dicey, things are looking a little tricky for them at the moment.
Although the year has not gone their way, our prediction is of a win for South Africa. They are playing at home, England’s poor form playing away and the recent change at management level means South Africa would be pumped up, come Boxing Day.
Toss prediction? – Our prediction is that the team winning the toss would like to bat first. Batting fourth is tough at Centurion.
Who will win? – South Africa
Top Batsman – Faf du Plessis (SA), Joe Root (ENG)
Top Bowler – Kagiso Rabada (SA), James Anderson (ENG)
Most Sixes – Faf du Plessis (SA), Joe Root (ENG)
Man of the Match – Kagiso Rabada (SA)
Team Scores Batting first – South Africa (+350), England (250+)
Our Official Partner Odds for South Africa vs England
South Africa – 2.20
Draw – 6.05
England – 2.25
*odds may change anytime