Match Preview – Friday 14th July – 11:00 – Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
England move onto Nottingham for the second of the four match Test series against South Africa after a dominant win at Lord’s in the first game. New captain Joe Root lead the way with the bat while Moeen Ali did the business with the ball.
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England head north to Nottingham to take on South Africa in the second of four Test matches between the sides. Our England vs South Africa preview looks at two sides who were poles apart in the first match, England dominating from all but the first morning to win in four days. New England captain Joe Root had the perfect coronation with a majestic 190 to become only the eighth England captain in history to score a century in their first game in charge.
Captain Joe Root has turned himself into one of the premier batsman in world cricket and seems unflustered by the burden of captaincy. He will be key again as England’s top order continues to falter. They recovered from 76-4 to post 458 and never looked back. Stuart Broad will be key to the England attack on his home pitch, while James Anderson has traditionally made the ball talk at Trent Bridge. For South Africa, they are without Khagiso Rabada due to suspension, so a lot of responsibility will fall on the shoulders of Morne Morkel to lead the tourist’s attack.
England have put their recent sketchy form in the longest format behind them with a resounding 211-run win at Lord’s. Moeen Ali did the business with the ball, taking 10 wickets in the match, to once again silence his doubters. Prior to this series, they lost their last series 4-0 to India, after which Alastair Cook stood down as England captain. South Africa had won series against New Zealand and Sri Lanka heading into this one but were dominated by England for much of the first Test.
Ahead of the England vs South Africa free betting tips, we first look at the head-to-head record between the two sides. England have faced off with their opponents 146 times in Test match cricket. They have 59 wins, have suffered 32 defeats and there have been 55 draws. England won the last series between the two sides 2-1.
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England were totally and utterly dominant in the first match and you'd expect more of the same from the hosts. Trent Bridge traditionally is a ground they have done well on and will look to utilise the favourable conditions to double their advantage.
Traditionally Trent Bridge has been a results wicket with bowling conditions as good as you’re likely to find at this ground. Joe Root has two centuries in four innings at Trent Bridge, while James Anderson leads the way with the ball having taken 53 wickets in Nottingham, 12 more than any other player.
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