SA vs England – a Test Series preview

4 07 2012

Its the biggie. South Africa take on England in a titanic battle between the two premier Test sides of the moment. I’m not sure if its possible for a cricket fan not to be excited!

The SA team are currently in Switzerland at a “bonding camp” after which they’ll arrive in Somerset for their first of two warm-up games. I don’t see why the team couldn’t bond around some more warm up cricket matches rather than chocolate factories but I guess I’ll have to suck it up. Imran Tahir was allowed to play for SA A so as to get some cricket (and hopefully confidence) under the belt. Fair call given his lack of consistency at the best of times.


SA Test Squad:
Graeme Smith (c)
Alviro Petersen
Hashim Amla
Jacques Kallis
AB de Villiers (vc)
JP Duminy
Jacques Rudolph
Mark Boucher (wk)
Vernon Philander
Dale Steyn
Morne Morkel
Lonwabo Tsotsobe
Marchant de Lange
Imran Tahir
Robin Peterson

Squads courtesy of Cricinfo

Key Matchups:

Steyn vs Cook

The world’s best Test bowler against the toughest opening batsman-shaped nut in Test Cricket should make for a tantalising duel. Vernon Philander has been the form pacer for the Proteas in their past few series but expect the quality of Dale to shine through in this series.

Anderson vs Smith

Jimmy has been nigh on unstoppable on home territory and will see Smith’s weakness against the swinging ball as a way to get England off to a good start each innings. However, Graeme is one tough nut and loves leading from the front – expect him to try to impose himself early.

Swann vs the SA middle order

South African teams are known to struggle against spin and this outfit is no exception. Rangana Herath was the only bowler that managed to strike genuine fear into the hearts of the SA batting line up when SL toured SA. The outspoken Swann will be eager to have a crack at the SA spin-facing frailties.


All in all, its going to be one heck of a series. I’ll be providing updates here so tune in!

I leave you with two questions:

1) What is your prediction for the Test series result?

2) Which player do you back to be player of the series?




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