South Africa vs England, 4th Test Match Prediction2020-01-25
The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
South Africa’s fight to level the series 2-2 against roaring English lions
England to win!
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As South Africa gets into the 4th Test Match it will be more than just a game to save the series. Their cricket is going through its toughest phase and a loss can take it further downhill. They have been outplayed in the last two games and the side looks an incomplete mess as far as their batting is concerned. It will require a great team effort given the kind of form England has shown in the last two games. The visitors are at their best as far as form and confidence are concerned.
South African skipper Faf du Plessis has already indicated this couple is his last test match at home. The skipper has helmed in one of the toughest phases in the game. Seven losses in their last eight games have surely broken the confidence of the skipper. It remains to be seen how the hosts approach this game as it will be more about the battle in their minds than one in the cricket field that they have to win.
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There is little Faf du Plessis can do at the moment with the kind of form his side has displayed in the last two games. It was another shameful show from their batsmen in the last game as they failed to play according to the situation. The skipper would hope his side is able to recover from the mess they are in and draw the series restoring some of their lost pride. It is their batting which has let them down in the series and the side will want openers Pieter Malan and Dean Elgar to provide them with a good start.
The middle-order trio of Temba Bavuma, Zubayr Hamza and Faf du Plessis will have to score runs as this is the area where the team has looked clueless. Quinton de Kock, Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj add depth to the batting and they will need to do well. Kagiso Rabada’s ban is a body blow for the side going into this game. He was the only bowler who looked good in this series.
Vernon Philander will have a huge responsibility on his shoulder and shall have to do well along with Andile Phehlukwayo and Anrich Nortje in the next game. The side will also expect aggressive bowling from Dane Paterson and Keshav Maharaj to take on the strong English lineup.
Faf du Plessis, Anrich Nortje, Dean Elgar, Quinton de Kock, Pieter Malan, Temba Bavuma, Dwaine Pretorius, Dane Paterson, Vernon Philander, B Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen
It was a clinical performance from Joe Root’s side in the last game the kind of form his batsmen and bowlers displayed would have pleased the skipper. As the side now plays the next name Root would want to exploit the weaknesses that the hosts currently have and win the series 3-1.
Dominic Sibley and Zak Crawley provided a good start in the last game and they will look to do the same in the next one as well. Joe Denly and Joe Root have played well in the series and they will be eying big scores. Ben Stokes and Ollie Pope scored a hundred in the last game and they make the lower middle order very strong. With Sam Curran and Jos Buttler down the order, batting looks very strong for the team.
The entry of Jofra Archer in the next game will further strengthen the bowling attack for the side. In the last game, Dominic Bess and Stuart Broad impressed with their bowling. Sam Curran and Stokes also bowled well and with Root also doing well with the ball they are likely to trouble the South Africans again.
Joe Root, Mark Wood, Ollie Pope, Stuart Broad, Zak Crawley, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Ben Stokes, Dominic Sibley, Joe Denly, CR Woakes
There is a forecast for rains and cloudy skies on all the five days of the game. Batting conditions will be challenging in this otherwise good batting wicket. Fast bowlers will be able to extract good bounce off the surface and the ball will swing in the air and seam off the surface. Batsmen will need to be careful with their shot selection on this surface.
The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg is definitely the best batting surface in South Africa. The ball comes on to the bat nicely and the batsmen can play their shots on the front foot. Fast bowlers do get some assistance off the surface with the new ball. This is also the track where spinners enjoy bowling most in South Africa.
Teams normally prefer to bat first at the Wanderers Stadium as it is a good batting surface. But here we have prediction of overcast skies and rains during the game which will make the ball move around and hence we expect the side winning the toss to bowl first and apply pressure on the opponents.
South Africans are having a miserable run in Test Cricket and their win in the 1st Test Match can very well be considered an aberration. Their batsmen don’t have the skills to bat out a Test Match and their bowling attack seems to have lost the aggression they were once famous for.
England, on the other hand, has had a remarkable series so far and man to man definitely looks the better side. They will definitely start as the outright favorites to win the next game and take the series 3-1.
England to win!
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