England Vs South Africa Second Test at Nottingham
Question in detailEngland Vs South Africa second Test, match preview: After a comprehensive win at Lords, England seeks an indomitable 2-0 lead over South Africa. The first match saw Joe Root's era getting off to an emphatic start as the hosts squashed Africa by 211 runs with one day to spare. England will be taking on Africa in the second Test at Trent Bridge with an unchanged squad. In Eng Vs SA Nottingham Test, all eyes will be on Joe Root who played a tremendous knock (190 runs) at Lords despite shouldering added burden of captaincy.
South Africa will be wary of Moeen Ali, who picked up 10 wickets in the first Test at Lords making the visitors concede a woeful defeat. Moreover, James Anderson and Stuart Broad will have the responsibility to do the early damage when Africa comes out to bat. While the hosts have sorted out their combination issues ahead of the match, Proteas are still in the dilemma of picking their pace attack. They are pondering whether to include Morris, Olivier or Phehlukwayo to compensate Rabada's loss. The pressure is, of course, on the visitors as a defeat in Eng Vs SA Nottingham Test will end their quest of a series win.
With 0-1 down in the four-match Test series, South Africa will be playing the second Test under their regular Test captain Faf du Plessis who had to miss the first game for some family issues. Faf returns at the expense of JP Duminy who is struggling with his form for months now. While du Plessis return will be a boost for SA batting, suspension of Rabada will fade away their pace attack to some extent. With Kagiso Rabada being ruled out of the second game, much of the pace responsibilities will fall on Morne Morkel's shoulders. Morkel bagged 7 wickets in the Lord's Test. So, Africa will be heavy relying on Morkel in the pace bowling. Keshav Maharaj, who picked four wickets in the second innings, has been retained as the best spin option for Eng Vs SA Nottingham Test.
Nottingham is one of the venues England fancy to play. They have won six out of their last seven Tests here. With one draw, they have been unbeaten at the venue since last 7 Tests. Africa, on the other hand, has had a poor Test record here. The past records go in favor of hosts in England Vs South Africa second Test.
Will England get an unassailable 2-0 lead over South Africa in the Second Test at Nottingham?