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  • England vs South Africa betting tips, preview and prediction. England favourites to wrap up series win.

England vs South Africa betting tips, preview and prediction. England favourites to wrap up series win.

17:00 Friday 23 June 2017
Sam Rogers

England vs South Africa Match Preview

23rd June 2017 – 17:00 – Venue – The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton.

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Before we look at England vs South Africa players to watch, we must first preview the upcoming match. England bounced back from the ICC Champion’s Trophy disappointment with a thumping win over South Africa in the first Twenty20 and they will be looking for more of the same as they make their first international appearance at Taunton. England made the Ageas Bowl pitch look like a slow mine field as the Proteas limped to 142-3, only for Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, and Jason Roy to power England to a nine-wicket victory with the bat. AB de Villiers’ men will need to find some answers if they are to bounce back and level the three-match series at one apiece.

Key players

Mark Wood was brilliant with the ball in Southampton and will need to provide the X-factor again at Taunton if England are to keep their momentum rolling on. Young debutant Mason Crane was brilliant in his international bow and should be retained to keep his confidence. For the tourists, JJ Smuts got the first ball of the innings and will need to fire at the top of the order if the Proteas are to be successful. AB de Villiers looks painfully out of knick despite his half century so the expectations must turn to David Miller and Farhaan Behardien, the latter of whom made it past fifty but didn’t press on when his side needed the added impetus.

England and South Africa teams recent form

Neither side have played much cricket of the shortest form in recent months but going off the last game, England look to be firing in all departments, and look rather sharp. South Africa seem uncharacteristically ragged in the field and if they don’t sort it out, they could find themselves on a very long and tiresome tour of England.


Building up to our free England vs South Africa odds and prediction, we look initially at the history between the two sides. They have played 14 times with the tourists leading the way on seven wins. England, meanwhile, have five wins and there were two no-results.

Outright odds

  • England to win – 1.66
  • South Africa to win – 2.20

Odds available at Bet365

England vs South Africa Prediction

Both England and South Africa have rested some key names for this series and it was those that were left in the England camp that stepped up and performed when asked. The Hampshire spin duo of Mason Crane and Liam Dawson tightened the screw brilliantly right after the powerplay and Mark Wood was imperious with the new white ball. It is hard to look past another dominant win for England although the combination of the brand-new conditions at Taunton and the resilience of AB de Villiers could make for an intriguing twist in the T20 series.

England vs South Africa Betting Tips

Having looked at the outright odds between the two sides, it is now time for our England vs South Africa free betting tips. Mark Wood has been brilliant with the new ball and at the death so he’s a big shot to top England’s bowling attack. South Africa, meanwhile, would be foolish not to include Morne Morkel for the second match and he will be itching to set the record straight. Our tips:

  • Mark Wood to be England’s best bowler – 4.33
  • Morne Morkel to be South Africa’s best bowler – 4.50

Odds available at Bet365