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South Africa host England in four Test matches before three ODI's and three T20's with Joe Root's men winning a thrilling second Test before hammering their opponents in the third, meaning the series sits 2-1 in England's favour.
South Africa vs England 4th Test Tips
The third Test saw England take the series by the scruff of the neck as they hammered South Africa by an innings and 53 runs, with the margin of defeat one that would have been far larger had it not been for the exploits of South Africa’s tail. Indeed, in losing circumstances, the home side were given some rare respite from England dominance and the fans given something to cheer as Keshav Maharaj scored an all-action 71 which featured 10 4’s and three 6’s, while he was given able support by Dane Paterson, how scored 39 not out from 40 balls. With the pair coming together with South Africa at 138/9, they spared some blushes on the scorecard, although they embarrassed the specialist batsmen above them, with the two bowlers in superb form with the bat on the day and showing those above them how they should have been playing.
For England, this Test match only saw them bat once, but they were buoyed by impressive centuries from Ben Stokes (120) and Ollie Pope (135 not out) with the pair taking England from 148/4 to 351/5, with this partnership of 203 taking the game well out of South Africa’s grasp. With the ball it became Dom Bess’ Test as he snared his first five-for in international cricket, getting 5-51 in 31 over at a very impressive economy rate of just 1.65. Bess was not as prolific in the second innings as he played second fiddle spin wise to captain Joe Root, who took 4-87 and was well on for a five-for himself before Maharaj took a liking to his bowling and smashed him out of the attack. In the end, it was left to Sam Curran to run Maharaj out and despite a check from the third umpire, it was clear he was short of his ground and England clinched the win by an innings and 53 runs.
In the fourth and final Test, there is a lot on the line. England simply have to win this one as Joe Root’s position as captain would once again be up for debate if he sees an advantage oversees disappear, especially against a South African side that are entirely beatable. For the home side, pride is very much on the line once again. Their dismal World Cup performances in 2019 saw them knocked out at the group stage and the fans would have been desperate to see their Test team go even slightly better, although this has not happened. With a 3-1 home loss very much on the cards, the Proteas will battle hard to ensure they don’t have to taste defeat yet again. Despite the desperate situation South Africa have put themselves in we do not think that they will get anything out of this match, with another defeat piling the pressure on Faf du Plessis, who has struggled with the bat and captaincy this series. However, England are odds-on in this one so we will not be offering them up as the tip, instead, we are going to delve into the player markets for this one.
One man that we have been incredibly impressed with right across the series is Ben Stokes. The all-rounder has proved himself to be the man for all occasions and England’s best player, and he has had a huge hand in both of their wins in South Africa this winter. A score of 47 and then that outstanding 72 off 47 in the second Test saw England home in dramatic fashion before they bowled South Africa out on the final day with the home side closing in on a draw before he was imperious with the bat, knocking his way to 120 off 214 to give England the base to bowl South Africa out twice. The all-rounder may have a big part to play with both bat and ball from Friday, but we feel it is with the former that he will once again excel, and we are backing him to notch yet another score of 50 or more in the first innings, which is available at 13/8 with Betway.
With the ball, we really like the look of Stuart Broad to be the tourist’s top wicket taker. Broad has knocked over 12 wickets in the series and in the absence of premier-strike bowling partner James Anderson, the quick has been able to prove that he is still as lethal without Jimmy going from the other end. Historically, the Wanderers Stadium has been one that favours quicker bowlers as the track is usually hard and dry, allowing for a lot of bounce and some real seam movement, something that should play perfectly into Broad’s hands. Of course, Kagiso Rabada (14 wickets for South Africa this series) is a man that many would look to back but he is out of the game after being handed a one Test ban for his supposedly over the top celebration after removing England captain Joe Root. With Anderson also missing through injury, Broad is our man for this Test, and we feel he could clean up in this one.