ENG vs SA: England are facing South Africa in the first test on Wednesday, August 17. Moreover, the game is being played at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, England.
England are coming into this test series after losing against South Africa in the three match T20 series in July. The Proteas won the three match T20I series by 2-1 against England in the end.
The hosts won the first T20 match by 41 runs against South Africa. England scored 234 runs and South Africa put up 193 runs. But South Africa made a comeback by winning the second match.
They put up 207 runs and England in response could score only 149 runs. South Africa won the third match by 90 runs after successfully defending 191 runs against England.
Jonny Bairstow is the poster boy of England’s new bazzball play type. The England international continued his fine form as he smacked 90 runs from 53 balls in the first T20I.
Anrich Nortje will be a key bowler for South Africa as the English conditions will suit him. He has picked up 47 wickets in 12 matches so far in his international test career.
ENG vs SA: Anrich Nortje castles Jonny Bairstow for a golden duck through a 150 kmph inswinger
South Africa captain Dean Elgar won the toss and he decided to bowl first. The move went on to work as England had a horrible start. Their top and middle order failed as only Ollie Pope went on to score runs.
The poster boy of England’s bazzball cricket was dismissed for a golden duck thanks to Anrich Nortje. He bowled a 150 kmph inswinger to dismiss Jonny Bairstow.
Playing XI: England vs South Africa
England: Alex Lees, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (c), Ben Foakes (wk), Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, Matty Potts, James Anderson.
South Africa: Dean Elgar (c), Sarel Erwee, Keegan Petersen, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne (wk), Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi.