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South Africa look to square series against England at Trent Bridge

South Africa will be looking to bounce back from the mauling they suffered at the hands of England at Lord’s. The Proteas were beaten inside four days by a massive 211-run margin.

cricket Updated: Jul 13, 2017 20:01 IST
HT Correspondent
Faf du Plessis will lead South Africa in the second Test against England at Trent Bridge.
Faf du Plessis will lead South Africa in the second Test against England at Trent Bridge.(Action Images via Reuters)

A bruised South African team will look to draw inspiration from Faf du Plessis as the skipper will mark his return in the second Test against England at Nottingham, following the birth of his first child.

The Proteas suffered a huge 211-run defeat in the first Test and du Plessis could only watch from the stands as his side capitulated in the second innings at Lord’s.

All-rounder JP Duminy has been dropped for the returning captain. The visitors will have to make one more forced change as fast bowler Kagiso Rabada was handed a one-match suspension after an altercation with Ben Stokes in the opening Test. All-rounder Chris Morris or young seamer Duanne Olivier are the likely candidates to replace him.

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Faf du Plessis said losing a quality seamer like Rabada could actually result in South Africa going with a four-man pace attack.

“Losing KG (Rabada), do you look at playing a four-seamer attack, because you’re losing quite a high-quality bowler?”

The Proteas would also need to work on their fielding and basic skills as dropped catches and wickets of no-balls didn’t help matters. Joe Root was dropped twice and he made South Africa pay by scoring a mammoth 190 at Lord’s. Jonny Bairstow was also handed a life and he went on to make a crucial half-century in the second innings.

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England, on the other hand, seem to have things under control and have no injury concerns. They’re likely to field the same XI at Trent Bridge.

Newly appointed Test skipper Joe Root had a dream start as he not only performed well with the bat but was also brilliant with his bowling changes.

Probable XI -

England: 1 Alastair Cook, 2 Keaton Jennings, 3 Gary Ballance, 4 Joe Root (capt), 5 Jonny Bairstow (wk), 6 Ben Stokes, 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Liam Dawson, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 Mark Wood, 11 James Anderson

South Africa: 1 Dean Elgar, 2 Heino Kuhn, 3 Hashim Amla, 4 Faf du Plessis (capt), 5 Temba Bavuma, 6 Quinton de Kock (wk), 7 Chris Morris, 8 Vernon Philander, 9 Keshav Maharaj, 10 Duanne Olivier, 11 Morne Morkel