South Africa vs England, 2019-20: 1st Test – Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update
Faf du Plessis will be a wise pick for any fantasy side as he is averaging near about 42 in Tests.
Updated - Dec 26, 2019 1:17 pm
England won the toss and elected to field first.
South Africa Playing XI:
Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Zubayr Hamza, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Dwaine Pretorius, Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
England Playing XI:
Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Joe Denly, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler(w), Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
The 1st Test of the four-match series between South Africa and England will be played at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. The match starts at 10:00 AM local time (8:00 AM GMT) (1:30 PM IST). This match can be watched live on Sony Six and Sony Six HD. Live streaming will be available on Sony LIV.
Preview for Dream11 Fantasy:
South Africa has been struggling after the departure of their senior players and has announced a young but exciting squad for four-match Test series against England. In batting, they have Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Quinton de Kock and Aiden Markram, who will be having the responsibility to pile big runs. However, looking at their names, their line-up looks quite strong but their recent performances don’t give much confidence as they have struggled a lot in the longer format.
After a horrendous tour to India, now they would be looking to start with fresh with convincing performances. In bowling, they have Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo and Anrich Nortje, who form a formidable trio.
England lost Test series to New Zealand by 2-1 and now they would be eager to thrash out-of-form South Africa and grab some important ICC Test championship points. But, the task to defeat Proteas on their home will not be that easy. England have Joe Root, Rory Burns, and Jos Buttler that makes their batting strong whereas James Anderson’s return to the team will make their bowling quite strong. But, an interesting thing to watch will be that if team management will directly slot him into the match or will wait for a couple of games.
The atmosphere is expected to be clear with no chances of rain whatsoever. However, the temperature is expected to deviate between 20 and 32 Degree Celsius throughout the day according to Accuweather.
The track at SuperSport Park is expected to go in favour of the fast bowlers. On a green track with some moisture in it, the batsmen will have a tough time facing the pacers. However, the side winning the toss will look to field as they would be looking to take advantage of bowling friendly conditions.
Average first innings score: 328 (In 24 Tests played at the venue)
Record of chasing teams: Won- 10, Lost-10, Tie/NR – 4
Injury and Availability News:
Rassie van der Dussen as a replacement of injured Temba Bavuma. This will be his debut for South Africa in the longer format.
Probable Playing XIs:
Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Joe Denly, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes/Jack Leach, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
Bench: Jonny Bairstow, Matthew Parkinson, Ollie Pope (wk), Matthew Parkinson, Mark Wood.
Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Zubayr Hamza, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Pretorius
Bench: Beuran Hendricks, Pieter Malan, Dane Paterson, Rudi Second, Temba Bavuma
Faf du Plessis will be a wise pick for any fantasy side looking forward to his Test stats as he is averaging near about 41.66. Joe Root smashed a brilliant double century in the 2nd Test against New Zealand and will look to replicate his form in this series as well. Rory Burns will be another important player to watch in the game against South Africa.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Quinton de Kock, Joe Root, Rory Burns
Vice-Captain Options – Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Dean Elgar
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Jos Buttler, Quinton de Kock (VC)
Batters – Dean Elgar, Rassie van der Dussen, Joe Root (C), Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley
All-Rounders – Ben Stokes
Bowlers – Kagiso Rabada, James Anderson, Jofra Archer
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Jos Buttler (VC), Quinton de Kock
Batters – Aiden Markram, Zubayr Hamza, Joe Root, Rory Burns
All-Rounders – Ben Stokes, Vernon Philander
Bowlers – Anrich Nortje, Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer (C)
Try to pick the middle-order batsmen of South Africa looking forward to their form. And, the chances are high that strong bowling of England might blow the top-order of Proteas on fas bowling friendly wicket.
England is expected to win this game.