Cricket England v South Africa (2020)

Cricket England v South Africa has been a fascinating fixture over the years, with lots of highs, and plenty of lows. Here is all you need to know about the history of the two teams, their squads for the upcoming series, and some interesting statistics.

 

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Test, ODI and T20 Series – Schedule, Squads and Latest News

 

The Basil D’Oliveira Trophy (Test Series) starts on the 26th of December, with England taking on South Africa in the 1st Test Match of the series, set to take place in Centurion. The two teams will face off in an ODI, and T20 Series as well, with England’s Tour of South Africa ending on the 16th of February, 2020.

Here is all you need to know about Cricket England v South Africa, 2019/20.

English Players Celebrate Taking a Wicket during Their Test Victory against South Africa, in the Fourth Test of the Investec Test Series, 2017.

English Players Celebrate Taking a Wicket during Their Test Victory against South Africa, in the Fourth Test of the Investec Test Series, 2017

The Basil D’Oliveira Trophy (Test Series)

TestDatesVenueScheduled Time
126-30th December, 2019 Centurion 8:00 GMT
23-7th January, 2020Cape Town8:30 GMT
316-20th January, 2020Port Elizabeth8:00 GMT
424-28th January, 2020Johannesburg8:00 GMT

ODI Series

TestDatesVenueScheduled Time
14th February, 2020Cape Town11:00 GMT
27th February, 2020Durban11:00 GMT
39th February, 2020Johannesburg8:00 GMT

T20 Series

TestDatesVenueScheduled Time
112th February, 2020East London16:00 GMT
214th February, 2020Durban16:00 GMT
316th February, 2020Centurion12:30 GMT

*Scheduled Time May Be Subject To Change

 

England’s Squads

 

Test Squad –

Joe Root (Captain), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Jack Leach, Matthew Parkinson, Ollie Pope (Wicket-keeper), Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Joe Denly, Jonny Bairstow (Wicket-keeper), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (Wicket-keeper), Zak Crawley, Sam Curran.

ODI Squad –

Eoin Morgan (Captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow (Wicket-keeper), Saqib Mahmood, Dawid Malan, Matthew Parkinson, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Tom Banton (Wicket-keeper), Pat Brown, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Joe Denly.

T20 Squad –

Eoin Morgan (Captain), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Dawid Malan, Matt Parkinson, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Mark Wood, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Chris Jordan, Jonathan Bairstow (Wicket-keeper), Jos Buttler (Wicket-keeper), Pat Brown, Sam Curran.

 

South Africa’s Squads

 

Test Squad (For The First Two Test Matches) –

Faf du Plessis (Captain), Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock(Wicket-keeper), Vernon Philander, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Rudi Second(Wicket-keeper), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Zubayr Hamza, Anrich Nortje, Dane Paterson, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dean Elgar, Beuran Hendricks, Keshav Maharaj, Pieter Malan.

ODI Squad –

(Yet To Be Announced)

T20 Squad –

(Yet To Be Announced)

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Latest News

 

Test Series News –  

England –

The Selectors have named a 17-member squad for the Test Series against South Africa. The Boxing Day Test Match is set to take place on the 26th of December, 2019, at SuperSport Park, Centurion. England have recalled Johathan Bairstow, Mark Wood, and notably, James Anderson.

Anderson sustained a tear to his right calf during the 1st Ashes Test in August, and his been out of the team ever since. Along with Mark Wood, Anderson is currently involved in a fast-bowling camp in Cape Town. Wood has been out of cricket since the ICC World Cup Final, having suffered side strain, and a left knee injury. He last played Test Cricket in February, 2019.

Bairstow missed out on selection in the recently concluded series against New Zealand, and is back in the National Test fold. He is currently working on his batting in Cape Town. England recently lost against New Zealand, and have been suffering from a poor run of form in Test Cricket.

Since the Wisden Trophy was contested between the West Indies, and England, in 2018, England have won only one Test Series – Against Ireland. They have lost 7 out of their last 11 Test Matches, and lost their recently concluded Test Series against New Zealand by a margin of 1-0. English fans will be expecting much better from their World Cup Heroes. Can England bounce back from their Series defeat against New Zealand?

 

South Africa –

South Africa are coming off the back of a very poor tour of India. They were thoroughly beaten in all 3 Test Matches of the Series, notably losing the last 2 Test Matches by an Innings and plenty of runs. Now back on home soil, The Proteas will be looking for a much-improved performance, and have made several changes to their Test Squad.  

The Selectors have named six uncapped players in the Test Squad, for the first 2 Test Matches to be contested against England. All-rounder Dwaine Pretorius, Wicket-keeper Rudi Second, Pieter Malan, Beuran Hendricks, Dane Paterson, and Rassie van der Dussen have all made the squad.

According to Linda Zondi, a Selector of Cricket South Africa,

“The high number of uncapped players coming into the squad is a reflection of our policy to acknowledge players who do well at franchise level and have put their hands up for selection.”

In anticipation of Cricket England v South Africa, and the general structure of their cricketing board, Graeme Smith, the Former Captain of the National Team, and presently the Director of Cricket South Africa, has announced some changes. Former Wicket-keeper, Mark Boucher has been named as the Head Coach of the South African Cricket Team, and has been handed a 4 year contract, till 2023.

Enoch Nkwe will act as his Assistant Coach. According to Smith,

“I felt at this stage that the Proteas need a hardened guy with international experience (Mark Boucher), one who is very knowledgeable and tactically very sound, and we also know what qualities he has as a man.

“We feel Enoch has a lot of qualities that will be very useful to Mark and it is a good opportunity for him to advance his own role in South African cricket going forward.”

This marks a new era for South African Cricket, and the Board will be hoping for much-improved performances from the young team.

South Africa End Day 2 of the 2nd Test between Cricket England v South Africa, 2017, with a Lead of 205 Runs.

Betting Tips and Predictions

When it comes to any sport, the home team certainly holds a slight advantage over the touring team. Both England, and South Africa are coming off a poor run of form in Test Match Cricket. South Africa are going through a transitional phase, having lost several senior figures in their Test Team, while England are yet to find balance in their Test Team – Which they have already found in their ODI and T20 Squads.

Before betting on any of these two teams, you must go through several trusted bookmaker sites, and choose a bookmaker offering the best margins on a bet type you want to place. When it comes to cricket, there are several different bets that you can place. According to Bet365, the odds on winning a To Win The Match Bet for the 1st Test Match, is higher for South Africa, at 137/100.

Despite being the home team for the Test Series, South Africa are performing poorly, hence punters back England to win the Test Match. It is highly unlikely that the match will be a draw (4/1).

When placing a Top Team First Innings Batsman Bet, betting on du Plessis, or de Kock from South Africa is best advised. Both batsmen are the best in the South African ranks, and may perform well in the series. Placing the same bet on Joe Root, makes sense from an English perspective.

Rabada, Anderson, and Broad are likely to be the best performing bowlers, and placing a Top Team 1st Innings Bowler Bet on these three players is likely to pay dividends. Of the bet types available for Cricket England v South Africa, placing a Most Match Sixes Bet on England is most likely to result in a win.

You can place A Hundred To Be Scored In The Match Bet, and A Fifty To Be Scored In The First Innings Bet, and be rest assured that these bets are likely to result in a victory. The odds on these two bets are very low, hence justifying their plausible possiblity of coming true. You can also choose to place a 1st Wicket Method Bet, or a Most Run Outs Bet – These bet types are very hard to predict.

If South Africa bat first, placing a 1st Wicket Method Bet on being Caught makes most sense, as Anderson and Broad are likely to extract swing and bounce from South African pitches. Rabada too, will swing the ball, and will bowl at a ferocious pace, so being out LBW, and Caught is most likely, from a South African bowling perspective.

 

Important Events in the History of England and South Africa

 

England and South Africa have an interesting cricketing history.

England

The 1st Test Match in the history of cricket, was contested between England, and Australia, between the 15-19th of March, 1877. As of the 3rd of December, 2019, England are ranked 1st in ODIs, 3rd in T20Is, and 4th in Test Cricket.

England have played a total of 1,018 Test matches, winning 368 of them, losing 303, and drawing 347 games. They have won The Ashes on 32 occasions, The Ashes being one of the most famous tournaments in the history of the game. England have also played in 743 ODIs, winning 374 of them.

England have played 109 T20Is in total, winning 54 of these matches. England have appeared in 4 World Cup Finals, having won their first World Cup Title, in 2019 – The 2019 ICC World Cup. Interestingly, the 2019 ICC World Cup Final went to the Super Over, which was tied. England went on to beat New Zealand on Boundary Count, the first time a team has ever won a match on this basis, in the history of cricket.

England have finished as the runners-up of the ICC Champions Trophy on two occasions, and have won the ICC T20 World Cup – Back in 2010.

 

South Africa

South Africa became a Test-playing Nation in 1889, when England toured South Africa. The team was regularly outplayed in their formative years, after which they picked up pace, after a mere 17 years, and beat England for the first time. South Africa was banned by the ICC in the 1960s, as there was opposition to South Africa’s Apartheid Policy.

The ban remained till 1991, after which South Africa could once again play cricket at the International level. South Africa has been a top team ever since, and has held the Number 1 position in several formats of the game over the years. South Africa has never won an ICC Tournament, and they have been left to rue some missed opportunities, and bad luck.

For example, South Africa went in to the 1992 World Cup with a strong team, but where left to play a rain-affected semi-final. South Africa needed 22 runs to win, from 13 balls, when rain intervened. According to the Duckworth-Lewis Rain Rule, South Africa needed to score 22 runs to win, from 1 ball, which was impossible.

South Africa have played in 432 Test Matches, winning 164, losing 147, and drawing 124 matches. They have played in 113 T20Is, winning 67 matches. South Africa have faced Australia 100 times in ODI cricket, having won 48 matches.

England End Day Two, With Stuart Broad and Moeen Ali Having Picked Up Two Wickets Each, In the First Test Against South Africa, 2017.

 

Current Notable Players

 

England

Joe Root is England’s Test Match Captain, and their most important Test Player. Despite enduring a tough time in recent matches, he scored a wonderful double century against New Zealand, in their recent series loss. He is an elegant player, and plays a big role in the ODI scheme of things as well. Given his excellent Test Record, England will be expecting big things of their Test Captain, in Cricket England v South Africa.

Ben Stokes is England’s World Cup Hero, and the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019’s Man of the Tournament. He played crucial knocks when his team needed him most, almost single-handedly winning England the ICC World Cup Final. He is England’s ‘Crisis Man’, and seems to score runs, or pick up crucial wickets when England need him most. Given Cricket England v South Africa is to be contested in South Africa, England will need the best version of Stokes in all three formats.

James Anderson is England’s leading wicket-taker in the Test Match Format, and how they missed him! His line and length is next to none, and he is a treat to watch when he is on song. He will complement Stuart Broad superbly, and England will look to Anderson whenever they need a wicket. While he has lost substantial pace, he a wily fox, and he will come good in the Test Match Series.

Jofra Archer is a menace of a bowler, and England will need him with his bag of tricks in all three formats of the game. He was outstanding in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, and had a wonderful introduction to Test Match Cricket. Given his short run up, and surging pace, he is very difficult to pick up, and often ends up rattling the batsmen. West Indies’ loss is definitely England’s gain! Can Archer deliver the goods in Cricket England v South Africa? We will have to wait and watch.

 

South Africa

Faf du Plessis is the Captain of the South African Team, and their most important batsman. Du Plessis has played with stalwarts of South African Cricket, and is on his shoulders to herald the new generation to further success. He had a disappointing campaign against India, as both a batsman, and a captain, and he will be looking to put that behind him. If South Africa are to compete, runs must come off du Plessis’s bat.

Kasigo Rabada is a tearaway fast bowler, who is young, and hungry. He is the shining light of South African cricket, and he will be raring to go against the likes of Root and Stokes. Known for his pace, bounce, and hunger for wickets, Rabada must have an outstanding series in all three formats of the game.

Quinton de Kock is another important figurehead in the South African team. He is a Wicket-keeper batsman, with plenty of experience for his young age. He is a future star in the making, and must live up to his billing if South Africa are to compete on all three fronts. He was one of the few players to have a decent series against India, having scored a century, and he must pick up from where he left off.

 

Recent Matches and Head-To-Head Statistics

Cricket England v South Africa has witness several enthralling fixtures over the years. Let’s explore the head-to-head statistics of Cricket England v South Africa.

Head-To-Head Statistics –

Looking at the head-to-head statistics of Cricket England v South Africa, South Africa seems to be a better ODI Team, while England is a better Test Team.

FormatTest MatchesODIT20I
Matches Played1496015
England Won61276
South Africa Won33298
England Win %40.93%45.00%40.00%
South Africa Win %22.14%48.33%53.33%

England and South Africa have played 149 Test Matches against one another, England winning 61 of them, while South Africa has won just 33. The South Africans won their first Test Match against England in 1906. In the last 5 Test Matches which have not ended in a draw, England lead South Africa 3-2.

South Africa played their first ODI in 1992, and their first opponent, quite fittingly, was England. England won the match, and the next 3 ODIs against the South Africans. Since then, South Africa has proven to be quite a tough opponent for England to beat. South Africa has played against England in 60 ODIs, winning 29, and losing 27. In the last 5 ODI Matches between the two teams, South Africa has won 3, while England has won 2.

South Africa has faced off against England in 15 T20Is, winning 8, and losing 6. In the last 5 T20I matches between the two teams, England has won 3 games, while South Africa has won just 2.

 

Interesting Recent Matches

ICC World Cup 2019

England met South Africa in the 1st match of the ICC Cricket World Cup. England were playing at home, and everyone expected them to finally lift the coveted World Cup Trophy, given their strong squad, and home advantage. England did not disappoint in the Tournament Opener, as they set South Africa a mammoth target of 311 runs to win, in their allotted quota of 50 overs.

Ben Stokes top scored with 89 runs scored off 79 balls. In reply, South Africa never got off the starting blocks, as they could only manage to score 207 runs in reply, losing all 10 of their wickets within 40 overs. Archer was England’s best bowler that day, taking 3 wickets for 27 runs, off his 7 overs.

ICC World T20 2016

The ICC T20 World, 2016 took place in the Subcontinent, and proved to be a high-scoring tournament. South Africa got off to a flier, and set England a target of 230 runs, to be scored in 20 overs. Any total above 200 is substantial, and the team bowling second is expected to win.

Amla and de Kock’s brilliant knocks went to vain, as England chased down the total with 2 balls to spare. Of all people to score quick and big in a T20 Match, Root scored a magnificent 83 runs off 44 balls, to lead England to victory.

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Conclusion

Cricket England v South Africa has always proved to be a fun-filled affair. From high-scoring games, to low scoring wicket-taking masterclasses, these two teams have never failed to disappoint. Cricket England v South Africa is a 130 odd year old story, and continues to thrill fans from all Nations. While England have found success in International tournaments, South Africa are yet to break their duck. Can South Africa win an ICC Tournament in years to come? Only time will tell.