South Africa and England will clash at Port Elizabeth from Thursday with both teams that are struggling for runs. Below you will find all the latest betting tips on South Africa vs England from our cricket betting experts. In addition to a full preview on South Africa v England, you will also find the best cricket bets and odds as suggested by our experts.
South Africa v England Third Test Betting
Thursday, 16th January 08:30 am
South Africa defeat by England at Cape Town is probably the result of losing the toss and having therefore to bat last. They didn’t do anything particularly wrong, and for this reason, they will likely keep faith with the same XI.
Pieter Malan was able to frustrate England on debut in the second innings and has what it takes to form a strong opening partnership with the likes of Dean Elgar, Rassie van der Dussen and Quinton de Kock. The main problem are runs from Faf Du Plessis, which is the captain, and the No 3 Zubayr Hamza. One of those two would have to improve with Du Plessis, who is starting to come under pressure with no ton for a year, but, in reality, there aren’t alternatives to him.
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England are only ever as good as their last results
Mainstream have already looked at the last result to judge England’s team. In reality, they weren’t hopeless after Centurion, but they are not fantastic after Newlands. They are probably somewhere in the middle.
England have managed to win the second Test because they were able to bowl last on a wearing four-innings surface. If the Toss had been different, the result would have gone the other way.
In terms of players, they are not as good a shape as South Africa. Skipper Joe Root has been unwell and England might ignore the opportunity to play Jofra Archer over Mark Wood.
Seven tests played at St George’s Park in the last decade
St George’s Park has a reputation for being the slowest surface in South Africa. Even tough quicks have dominated in history, both long and short. There is a sea breeze blowing across the ground and has had outswingers and inswingers working nicely. Considering that, Anderson’s absence is surely not great for England. There has been assistance also for spinners.
The Toss will be crucial once again
It is clear by now that South Africa and England’s sides are well matched. What tends to separate them is a coin flip and the unfortunate crew who have to bat last is losing. Looking at the odds, we can see that there is not much that separate those two sides with South Africa available at 5/4 and England at 5/4 (draw is at 5/1). A draw would be interesting, but with just a shower or two forecast for Friday, it seems an unlikely outcome.
South Africa have conceded eight defeats in 11 when bowling first in the last couple of years. They have also had five wins in seven when batting first. England’s five wins in the last couple of years while travelling have come when batting first. Backing the side batting first is the obvious choice.
Van der Dussen is on fire
When it comes to South Africa, Elgar is at 7/2 to be top South Africa runscorer in the first dig. Du Plessis, has played in both Centurion and Cape Town and is available at 4/1. Van der Dussen, who has an admirable temperament, is at an inflated 6/1 if you consider that he has done well in both Tests.
Sibley can be backed at 9/2 for England while Ollie Pope is at 11/2. Denly looked underestimated at 5/1. When it comes to top bowler, Kagiso Rabada is available at 5/2 for South Africa to deliver more wickets in the first dig. Alternatively, you can go for Anrich Nortje who is on his home ground and available at 7/2. Wood, who did well in the nets, is available at 5/2 for England.
First Verdict: Back Side Batting First
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