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Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: South Africa v England 1st T20I

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Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: South Africa v England 1st T20I

England line - up

This leaves England with a quandary. Their opening pair of Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy has done quite well and with Dawid Malan and Tom Banton waiting in the wings, it is a headache of plenty for them. But, going purely by the numbers, Jason Roy averages below 25 and strikes just under 150 since the beginning of 2017 in T20Is. The numbers are quite decent but not remarkable.

His opening partner Jonny Bairstow with a T20I average of 26.21 and a strike rate of 134 hasn't done enough either. But, the fact that he is a quick starter helps him warrant a place, possibly at one drop.

Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes pick themselves in the middle order. Moeen Ali is another candidate who is ideal in the middle order due to his promise against spin and will probably bat at six.

Steyn returns

Dale Steyn last played a T20I in March last year after a break of three years, following which he suffered another injury, as has been the case for a majority of the last few years, and was ruled out. The veteran recently finished third in the wicket charts of the Mzansi Super League 2019 with 15 wickets from 8 matches at an average of 15.13 and an economy of 7.09, with best match figures of 3-10.

He has fairly good T20I figures with 61 wickets from 44 matches and an economy under seven. In the absence of Rabada, he will bring in a lot of experience as the leader of the bowling unit. Beuran Hendricks and Lungi Ngidi will be his pace bowling partners.

 

No du Plessis

While Faf du Plessis has time and again expressed his wish to hang his boots after the T20 World Cup in Australia, his international career looks quite uncertain at the moment. When head coach Mark Boucher was asked whether or not du Plessis will return for the Australia T20Is, he said:

"That was always the plan and Faf is still one of our best T20 players. We feel he needs a bit of a break away from the game. There is going to be a lot of cricket leading up to a [T20] World Cup so [we'll take] any opportunity we get to give guys a bit of rest and give other guys opportunities to see what they're all about."

In his absence, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller will have the onus of filling the void in the Protea middle order.

 

Here's a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:

South Africa - Quinton de Kock (c, wk), Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Jon-Jon Smuts, Dwaine Pretorius/Andile Phehlukwayo, Beuran Hendricks, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi, Dale Steyn

England - Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood

Key Players to Consider for your Fantasy Cricket Teams

South Africa

Quinton de Kock – has been in great form in white and red ball cricket recently

Rassie van der Dussen – has become a white ball fixture in Proteas team

Dale Steyn – why would you not pick him is my question

 

England

Dawid Malan – top run getter recently in the Bangladesh Premier League - if he is not picked Jonny Bairstow

Eoin Morgan – picks himself

Ben Stokes – picks himself

 

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