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ENG vs SA 1st Test Match Previews, South Africa defeated England 2-1 in the T20 series and now both the teams will face each other in Test cricket. The England team is performing well under the new captain Ben Stokes. England had recently defeated New Zealand 3-0, while the English team also won the rescheduled Test from India.
This is the first match of the 3-match Test series played between England and South Africa. The South Africa team on this tour defeated the England team 2-1 in the T20 series and the England team has done well in the Test format which ended in a 1-1 draw in the ODI series. England beat New Zealand 3-0 and also won the Test match against India to end the series with a 2-2 draw. In this series too, the team expects good performance from all its players. Jonny Bairstow seems to be in very good rhythm from the England team.
On the other hand, the South Africa team has also performed very well in the test format and is at the first position in the WTC rankings. South Africa team has defeated Bangladesh team 2-0 in the previous series, in this series also South Africa team is expecting good performance from its players. Both the teams will take the field with the intention of taking the lead in the series by performing brilliantly in this first match.
Joe Root He is one of the best batsmen of the England team, recently he has completed 10000 runs in Test cricket, he has become the second batsman of the England team to do so, in the last Test match played against India, he scored an unbeaten inning of 142 runs. The team had won the match by playing, in this match, it would be the first choice of the people as the captain of the dream team.
Kagiso Rabada He is the fifth-best bowler in the world in the ICC Test Rankings, having taken 243 wickets in 52 Test matches, he can present a good challenge to the English batsmen with his bowling in this match too.
Jonny Bairstow Inform batsman of England team, this year he has scored 994 runs in Test format. In the Test match played against India, he scored centuries in both the innings, it seems to be in a very good rhythm, he can score big in this match too.
This is a balanced pitch. On this pitch, the fast bowlers get a lot of help in the beginning, so winning the toss on this pitch and bowling first would be the right decision. It is a balanced pitch with an average score of around 227. According to the last few matches, winning the toss on this pitch and bowling first is the right decision, only 60% of the matches have been won here while bowling first.
There is also a chance of light rain in todays match. The temperature here will be between 15 to 18 degrees. But with no chance of rain, we can expect a good match between the two sides.
England is seventh in the WTC points table, In the current World Test Championship (WTC) 2021-23, England are seventh on the points table with five wins, four draws and seven losses from 16 matches. While Englands team is fourth in the ICC Test rankings, South Africas team is in third place.
On the other hand, in the WTC points table, South Africa are at the top of the table in the WTC with five wins and two losses in seven matches. England suffered a 2-1 loss in the T20I series and the ODI series against the Proteas last month ended in a 1-1 draw.