After the ODI series ended in a draw, South Africa will continue their tour of England with a three-match T20I series. The first T20 will be played on July 27th at 6:30 p.m. at The County Ground in Bristol. This will be England’s second T20I series in less than a week. They lost the previous series 2-1 to India.
The 1st T20I between England vs South Africa will take place on July 27th, 2022 at County Ground in Bristol.
Match Details to Note
Match: England vs South Africa, 1st T20I, South Africa Tour of England 2022
Date: July 27, 2022 (Wednsday)
Time: 11:00 PM IST
Venue: County Ground, Bristol
England vs South Africa Team Previews
For starters, England captain Jos Buttler has already complained about the country’s hectic summer schedule. In the last 36 days, they have played 12 games. And it has undoubtedly had an impact on their performances. Except for the series against the Netherlands, England has not won a series during this time period. Despite this, England is fielding a nearly identical squad. Jason Roy and Jos Buttler have a strong record against South Africa. While Roy has a strike rate of 147.16 against SA, Butler has a strike rate of 154 with an average of 34.66. When they last played at Bristol, they put on a 94-run stand against India.
The top order will be led by world number four batter David Malan and Phill Salt. Malan has 295 runs at an average of 59 and a strike rate of 156.08 against South Africa, his best against T20I-playing nations. Salt is still struggling to reach the international standard. Despite having only 68 runs in four T20Is, his strike rate is over 180. England can replace Salt with Jonny Bairstow, who averages 42.25 against South Africa and has a strike rate of 154.33. In the middle order, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, and Harry Brook will bat. Ali was England’s second-highest run scorer against India. Both Livingstone and Ali are expected to be used as spin options against South Africa.
The series’ main pace trio will be Reece Topley, Chris Jordan, and Richard Gleeson. Gleeson made his debut against India, taking three wickets to help the hosts win. Reece Topley has taken 12 wickets in his last four games. England will try something new with the last bowling spot. Their options will be Sam Curran, David Willey, and Adil Rashid.
Jos Buttler(c & wk), Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Philip Salt, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley, David Willey, Richard Gleeson, Harry Brook
Predicted XI: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Jos Buttler (c & wk), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Dawid mlan, Chris Jordan, Richard Gleeson, Reece Topley
It is encouraging for South Africa that Quinton de Kock is back in form after an injury forced him to miss the first ODI and practice games. De Kock has 323 runs in 9 games against England at a strike rate of 163.13. He could start with Reeza Hendricks. South Africa started Dwayne Pretorius at number three against India. Except for the first game, the strategy backfired throughout the series. Aiden Markram could be sent at number three. Markram is currently ranked third in Twenty20 Internationals. He has only played one game against England, scoring a half-century at a strike rate of 208.
In the middle order, Rassie Van der Dussen, Henrich Klassen, and David Miller will be excellent choices. Miller has been named captain for the series. Miller’s record against England isn’t great, but he has a strike rate of 143.11. If he maintains his form from the IPL and the series against India, England will struggle to restrict SA to a lower total.
SA’s pace attack will be led by Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, and Wayne Parnell. Ngidi took four wickets at an average of 6.5 in two games against India. If SA decides to use the spin duo, Parnell may be left out of the starting lineup. Keshav Maharaj and Tabrez Shamsi both played all three games against India but averaged more than 10 runs per over.
South Africa Squad
Quinton de Kock (wk), Rilee Rossouw, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, David Miller (c), Heinrich Klaasen, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi, Reeza Hendricks, Andile Phehlukwayo, Gerald Coetzee, Tristan Stubbs
Predicted XI: David Miller (C), Reeza Hendericks, Henrich Klassen, Quinton de Kock (wk), Aiden Markram, David Miller, Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Pretorius, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi, Rassie van der Dussen
England vs South Africa Toss Prediction
Teams have successfully chased the target in all three T20Is. As a result, the team that wins the toss should bowl first.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The first Twenty20 International between England and South Africa will be played at Bristol’s County Ground. The stadium has a capacity of 15000 spectators and has previously hosted 1 test, 31 ODIs, and 3 T20Is. Gloucestershire Cricket Club plays their home games here.
There will be mostly cloudy skies with no chance of rain. The temperature will range between 14 and 22 degrees Celsius. The wind will be blowing at 7-9 km/h from the west. The pitch is favorable to batters. As the game progresses, they will find it easier to select bowlers. High-scoring matches are commonplace here.
England vs South Africa Match Prediction
This year, England has not won a T20I series. Aside from that, they have yet to win a game in Bristol. They have lost all three times. However, England’s statistics against South Africa are completely different. They’ve won five of their last six games against South Africa. They have also won the last three T20I series against South Africa. Current English batters have a strong record against South Africa.
England is the favourite to beat South Africa at the odds of 1.60.
- The ODI series between England and South Africa was tied 1-1 after the third game was canceled due to rain.
- England has won the last three T20I series against South Africa, and they have won five of the last six T20Is.
- Since April 2021, South Africa has not lost a T20I series. They have 3 wins, 1 draw, and 11 victories in 14 games.