South Africa look for a fresh start in T20Is against England

South Africa look for a fresh start in T20Is against England

After levelling the one-day international series 1-1 against the world champions, an inexperienced South African side will be hoping to carry that confidence into the shortest format.


South Africa v England
1st T20I
Buffalo Park, East London
Wednesday, 12 February; 18:00 local, 16:00 GMT

The much-anticipated return of Dale Steyn to the South African set-up might help boost the largely inexperienced home team's self-belief. In the absence of Faf du Plessis and star bowler Kagiso Rabada, Steyn's experience will be of much value to this young side. New captain Quinton de Kock's form is a big positive; he scored 187 runs at 62.33 in the two innings in the ODI series and will be hungry for more. He will be ably assisted by Temba Bavuma at No.3, who performed well in his debut T20I series against India five months ago. David Miller also gives this side the necessary fire-power in the middle-order. Tabraiz Shamsi and Beuran Hendricks, who were the best bowlers in the ODI series, will look to continue on the same note.

England are a more settled unit. With Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes coming back into the setup, the batting line-up looks formidable. The line-up also features Dawid Malan, who returned scores of 11, 39, 55, 103* in the New Zealand series last November. The presence of Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow in the squad only adds to the strength.

The spin department will be manned by the veterans Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali, who bowled well in the ODIs. England are missing Jofra Archer due to an elbow fracture, but the visitors still have plenty of options in the bowling department.