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1st Test 2017: England vs South Africa
The match is scheduled to start from July 06, 2017.
England: AN Cook, KK Jennings, GS Ballance, JE Root, JM Bairstow, BA Stokes, MM Ali, LA Dawson, S Broad, MA Wood, JM Anderson.
South Africa: D Elgar, HG Kuhn, HM Amla, JP Duminy, T Bavuma, TB de Bruyn, K Rabada, Q de Kock, VD Philander, KA Maharaj, M Morkel.
England have included Liam Dawson, Toby Roland-Jones and Gary Ballance in their 12-man squad. James Anderson, Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad have all returned from injuries and are likely starters for the first test.
England’s batting is going to rely heavily on former and current captains Alastair Cook and Joe Root. With four hundreds and ten fifties, Cook is the second-highest run-getter in tests at the Lord’s while Root strikes an impressive average of 57. James Anderson and Stuart Broad who have just returned from injuries will be the most threatening of all the English bowlers. With 78 and 73 test wickets respectively, the two are the leading wicket-takers at this ground.
England will be coming into this test series with five defeats and one draw in their last six test matches away from home. However, the team has done well in their last seven tests at home with four wins, two losses and one draw.
South Africa’s regular test skipper Faf du Plessis who flew back home for the birth of his child will miss the first test. He is set to be replaced by either Theunis de Bruyn or uncapped Aiden Markram. The team will be led by stand-in captain Dean Elgar.
Hashim Amla is averaging 81.33 in tests at the Lord’s. The opening batsman has scored two centuries in the two matches he has played here and South Africa will expect a third ton from him in this match. Quinton de Kock is another batsman with a good test record and he will be the key in the middle order. Morne Morkel has taken 8 wickets from two tests while Vernon Philander has 7 from the only test at this ground. South Africa will back these two pacemen to pick up early wickets.
South Africa have been very impressive in the longest format of late with only one defeat in their past 10 matches. That solitary loss came at the hands of Australia last year at Adelaide. The Proteas will be coming off the back of series wins against New Zealand, Australia and Sri Lanka.
England won the toss and elected to bat first.
England won by 211 runs
Player of the match: MM Ali (England)
Series: England led the 4-match series 1-0