Match preview – England vs South Africa, South Africa at England 2022, 1 T20I

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.

You would think that puts England in a more stable place to prepare than, but they are at the end of 12 white ball games in 24 days and they will have to be careful to avoid a poor finish at the end, especially since they have just entered a new era for white ball. T20Is This is the last chance for Matthew Mott and Joss Butler to win a series of white balls on home soil after they lost both rubbers against India, and shared the spoils in the open matches against South Africa.

South Africa were in the same hotline and won three consecutive T20I series prior to the World Cup in 2021, but have since been hit by a lack of key staff. Enrich Norte spent six months recovering from a thigh and back problem after that but came back strong, and now Pafuma will be out until at least September with an elbow injury.

David Miller will lead in his absence after an amazing run in the IPL, where he won the trophy with the Gujarat Titans. But with an abundance of top-tier speculators, one cannot help but sense that there might be a bottleneck once Pavuma returns.

Meanwhile, South Africa opted not to continue leading Keshav Maharaj, even though he did the job even in the T20Is when Pavuma was previously injured, suggesting they want to keep their options in playing only one specialist spinner at Tabariz Shams. Open.

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.

Model Guide

(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.

Whether he plays on the spot or not, there will be a lot of interest in him Riley Russo, who returned to the South African squad after Colback’s hiatus which he used to make his name in the T20 tournaments. Rossouw has enjoyed success in the PSL and BPL, and is the second highest scorer in this year’s T20 Blast. Prior to his success there, he returned to South Africa, where he was the top scorer in the T20 Regional Cup.

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 .

Team news

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

Russo could have overtaken Risa Hendrix at the top of the rankings. Also, Aiden Markram’s return after missing the India streak with Covid-19 could mean there is only room for a second allrounder or roundabout.

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

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