The Big Picture
Alright, let’s move on to the important stuff. After an ODI series he didn’t even want the weather to complete, we enter the T20I season with all eyes on the World Cup. England have a whopping 13 games before the tournament; South Africa only has eight matches to play, mostly in the next 10 days, and without regular captain Tempa Bafuma.
Meanwhile, Miller is their most experienced mistress, as is his Butler counterpart, both of whom will want to show their worth by driving from the front.
(Last five T20Is completed, newest first)
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in the spotlight
David Malan It’s been a slightly tougher time than usual in this form lately, breaking a year-long drought under half a century in the T20Is with 77 in the final T20I against India. He was the top scorer when England toured South Africa in late 2020, and he was England’s top scorer recently against India as well.
Malan’s first 50 runs in 11 runs since mid-2021 means he’s slipped from #1 to #4 in the T20I batting rankings, and he will be eager to reclaim some ground as he faces South Africa, whose average against is 59.
But it remains to be seen whether everything is forgiven and forgotten after the way he left. Of all those who chose to cut short their international career, Russo was the most baffling, not least because the South African pickers were stuck with him after he was sent off for four ducks in his first six ODI rounds and there was talk of him being promoted alongside the Test .
Jonny Bristow had some ice on his knee from what appeared to be swelling, although he played a full part in practice before the match. Decent to play which he should, he is expected to continue in fourth place, as he has been doing for the past 18 months, albeit with mixed results. England will likely stick to overtime as they did in the third T20I against India, and may rotate the tailors to reduce injury risks.
England (Potential): 1 Jason Roy, 2 Joss Butler (capit/week), 3 David Malan, 4 Johnny Bristow, 5 Liam Livingston, 6 Phil Salt/Harry Brooke, 7 Muen Ali, 8 Sam Curran/David Wylie, 9 Chris Jordan 10 Adel Rashid 11 Race Tubli
South Africa will have to choose between Dwayne Pretorius, who also serves as a discus beater; Andile Phehlukwayo, who has returned from a mild concussion and will be assessed before the match; and Wayne Parnell as allrounders. In the Speed Attack, Kajisu Rabada is back after he rested from the ODIs.
South Africa (Potential): 1 Quinton de Kock (week), 2 Riley Rousseau, 3 Rasi van der Dousen, 4 Aiden Markram, 5 Heinrich Claassen, 6 David Miller (captain), 7 Dwayne Pretorius 8 Keshav Maharaj/Tabriez Shams, 9 Kajesu Rabada , 10 Anrich Nortje, 11 Lungi Ngidi
Venue and conditions
In this year’s T20 Blast, Bristol’s first-round average score was 171, while in Cardiff – T20I’s second place after just a day – it’s at 147. This could mean bowlers who worked on their variations would have a large role to play. In pulling the ball and keeping the movement away from the weld line.
Also, the good news is that the rain that affected the ODI is unlikely to cut the T20Is off. On Wednesday, it will be cloudy and cold with temperatures around 22 degrees.
Stats & Trivia
England and South Africa are pitted in the T20Is against each other. They played 22 matches, England won 11 and South Africa 10, and there was not a single result. However, England have won the last three series between the two sides, including a 3-0 sweep in November 2020.
“Why would we change him? We’ve worked really well with him over the past few years, so I think we’ll continue to do what we’ve been doing.”
According to her, England will continue to storm the defenders Adel Rashidwho sees no need to change their approach
“Things get a little crazy and crazy out there, but it’s just about making your clear plans and staying as calm as possible.”
David Miller He is preparing for his second mission as a reserve captain
Firdous Munda is the ESPNcricinfo correspondent in South Africa