Match Prediction: South Africa vs England, 3rd Test

Match Prediction: South Africa vs England, 3rd Test

January 16-20, 2020, St George's Park, Port Elizabeth

After 2 thrilling games, South Africa and England take on each other in the 3rd match of the 4-match series at St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth, starting Thursday. The series is currently levelled after England fought back from a 107-run defeat in the first game to beat the hosts by 189 runs in the 3nd test, a week ago.

The team that wins is the game cannot lose the series so both the teams will be keen to take the first hit after a thrilling end to the 2nd test which showed the world the importance of an extra day in Test cricket.

South Africa performance in Tests:

Dean Elgar left behind a bad 1st Test to score some runs in the 2nd. However, he would still not be happy and needs to find a triple digit score. Aiden Markram scored just 22 runs in the first test and was dropped for the next. His replacement Pieter Malan scored 89 runs in the 2nd Test and is likely to keep his place in the team.

Rassie van der Dussen and Quinton de Kock have scored one half-centuries in each game and would be eager to convert them into big knocks.

The Proteas struggled with the bat as they failed to reach 250 in either of their two chances in the last game and also had issues with the ball as they allowed England to build a huge lead with their second innings which proved insurmountable.

After handing Test debuts to Rassie van der Dussen and Dwaine Pretorious in the first Test, they followed that up by giving Pieter Malan his first cap and the three other uncapped players in the squad in Rudi Second, Dane Paterson and Beuran Hendricks will all be hoping for calls in this game.

England performance in Tests:

4 of the top 5 batsman in the series so far are from England.

Ben Stokes has seen meteoric rise in his stakes in the last few years. He once again starred as England defeated South Africa in Durban for the first time in 63 years.

England produced a brilliant batting performance in the second innings of the second Test against South Africa as they levelled the series with Dom Sibley’s maiden century helping his side on the way to victory as the opener posted a brilliant and patient 133*.

After losing Rory Burns to a long-term injury during training ahead of the second Test, England suffered another injury blow with Jimmy Anderson ruled out for the series after he picked up a rib injury.

Illness has also struck once again with captain Joe Root forced to miss training on Sunday but it is not expected to keep him out of the side for this game while Jofra Archer is expected to return to the side after injury kept him out last week with Mark Wood also pushing for a call-up.

Chris Woakes has also been declared fit.

South Africa vs England, 3rd Test Predicted X1:

South Africa: Vernon Philander, Dean Elgar, Faf du Plessis (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Dwaine Pretorius, Rassie van der Dussen, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Zubayr Hamza, Anrich Nortje, Pieter Malan.

England Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Joe Denly, Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Joe Root (c), Dominic Sibley, Sam Curran, Dominic Bess, Ollie Pope, Zak Crawley.

Pitch Report

Avg 1st inn score:301

Avg 2nd inn score:236

Avg 3rd inn score:214

Avg 4th inn score:159

Match Prediction: South Africa vs England, 3rd Test

  1. Only 1 century has been scored in the series so far- by England’s Dominic Sibley, who also leads the run-chart which sees 4 of the top 5 batsmen from England.
  2. Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen have scored 2 half-centuries each but need to get going.
  3. Dominic Sibley has scored 32 fours but has just 1 six.
  4. Kagiso Rabada leads the bowlers’ chart with 12 wickets. He is joined by teammate Anrich Nortje, who has 10 wickets.  James Anderson is England’s leading bowler but he has been ruled out.
  5. Ben Stokes is in the charts for both the batsman as well bowlers. He is 4th in the run-scorer list with 168 runs and is 8th in the wicket-takers list with 5 wickets. He will be the key once again.

 

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