It has been a one-way traffic in the Test series so far that not many would have expected when two top teams of the world locked horns with each other. Both the teams have had colossal wins so far in the series and its been a bit surprising.
South Africa was not up to the mark with the bat in both the innings of the last Test match and they had to pay the price. Now the visitors will try to bounce back in the series to draw level. England, on the other hand, will try to keep on the impetus to clinch it.
England would have been delighted by their performance as they bounced back into the series. Ben Stokes was outstanding in the first innings for them and Alastair Cook once again was rock solid at the top of the order.
Dream debut for Roland
It was a dream debut for Roland Jones as he got a fifer in the first innings and it was perfect swing conditions for him when he got the ball in his hand. He bowled a great spell and was always at the batsman.
Stokes did what he does best
Ben Stokes made a lot of difference as bowled a fine spell in the second innings. He was bowling quick and his two wickets in two balls of Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis put England in the driver’s seat. Everybody with the bat chipped in their contribution in the second innings for England.
South Africa will have to show fight
For South Africa, they took the gamble of playing an unfit Vernon Philander and that move backfired them as Philander was not able to deliver for them. They would have to put a better batting performance as they were in a spot of bother in both of their innings early on. Only Dean Elgar showed the resilience and whole team will have to fight it out. The visitors will also have to consider whether they want to play opener Heino Kuhn as his performance in the series hasn’t been up to the mark.
Match Prediction: In a Test match, the first innings score makes a lot of difference and South Arfrica will have to bat big in the first innings. With series at stake, we can expect some quality cricket from two giants of Test cricket and hopefully we see a better competition. England now has the momentum and will start as favourites.
Toss Prediction: England
Match Winner Prediction: England
England Probable XI: Keaton Jennings, Alastair Cook, Tom Westley, Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Moeen Ali, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad, Toby Roland-Jones, James Anderson.
South Africa Probable XI: Heino Kuhn, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis(c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel, Keshav Maharaj.
Date and Time: 4 August 2017, 3:30 PM IST.
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester.
Live Telecast: Star Sport 2 HD, Star Sports 1 HD, Hotstar.