England set to host South Africa for three 50-overs game before big tournament kicks-off from 01 June, 2017. Short time battle is crucial for both teams, especially for Proteas to get used to conditions early. Three games are schedule to begin from 24 May at three different venue but none at venues decided for Champions Trophy games.
Ben Stokes is a boost to English side because of his ability to contribute in every field of cricket. He was awarded most valuable player of recently concluded season Indian Premier League where he scored 316 runs and 12 wickets. Another player who would be crucial is Moeen Ali, he is not only a good batsman but also handy spinner.
Addition of Mark Wood adds strength bowling attack formed by Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett and David Willy. Chris Woakes has been in fine form, he bagged in 17 wicket of 13 matches for Kolkata Knight Riders. Spin department will be headed by Adil Rashid along with Moeed Ali, also Joe Root can roll his arms if required during the course of game.
English batting line-up looks balance, it’ll be interesting to see who opens the batting with Alex Hales. If Jason Roy opens, then either of Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow has to sit out but if Jos Buttler comes to open, as experiment, then Jason Roy might see himself out of Playing XI.
South Africa started their campaign in England with two warm-up wins. They have strong batting with bunch of experienced players starting with explosive Quinton De Kock and calm Hashim Amla. However, they have bunch of players who are less familiar with English weather.
They have strong bowling attack headed by Kagiso Rabada along with experienced Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell. Addition of Andile Phehlukwayo is great boost to bowling attack. He is one bowler to look for because of his consistency of conceding less and he could be an X-factor of South Africa.
Both teams will consider these games as preparation for Champions Trophy rather winning series as their main purpose.
Players to watch out for:
Quinton de Kock & Andile Phehlukwayo
England Squad: Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, David Willey, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Liam Plunkett
South Africa Squad: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers(c), Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Farhaan Behardien, Morne Morkel