Toby Roland-Jones to make England Test debut

Saul Bowman
July 27, 2017

The Oval joins the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Sydney Cricket Ground and Lord's as the only venues to host 100 Tests.

"England were just too bad to be true at Trent Bridge", said the Sky Bet pundit. They lost the opening Galle Test and it was an electro-shock. A 340-run bridge between the sides is a fair reflection of the difference in performances. Channel his anger in the right way however and he could break open the game for South Africa.

Root said the Malan or Dawson decision would be taken in the morning.

The Durham seam bowler missed yesterday's final training session with an ongoing heel problem, paving the way for Middlesex paceman Roland-Jones to tackle the tourists. Keshav Maharaj bowled very well, and it was clever what he did. It's a great opportunity this week for us to show what it means to play for England. Joe Root (captain), 5. In doing so, they exposed England's cracks and sent the hosts into the sort of tailspin that Australia found themselves in when an unfancied South African side toured late past year.

"Obviously, it wasn't an ideal performance from us as a team and we know that".

The return of Kagiso Rabada will likely not thrill the England batsman who found the Proteas attack too hot to handle in Nottingham even with their leading wicket-taker over the past year absent. They scored in excess of 300 in both innings, something they will want to repeat against the English.

"We've gone with the extra batting option and hopefully it's a strong week for us".


JP Duminy, meanwhile, has been released from South Africa's Test squad and will return home, leaving the uncapped Aiden Markram as the sole batting cover. But for now Morris' stunning spell in the second innings should give him one more game at the least. This South Africa attack would all get into any Test team. The Lord's Test can be termed as their only hiccup in greener pastures since 2010.

Since 2010, Hashim Amla has 1341 runs against England in 11 Tests at an average of 74.50.

"There was quite a bit of press against the Australian cricket team, and then we stepped our game up even more in the second Test", he recalled.

England: 1. Alastair Cook, 2.

South Africa look to be at full strength for this crucial Test and it's Hashim Amla who gets Beefy's vote to star for the Proteas.

The Oval has also witnessed an enraged Devon Malcolm getting hit on the head by a Fanie de Villiers bouncer in 1994.

"It's exciting times working with four fast bowlers". The start wasn't as per expectations, as Keaton Jennings' miseries continued. Looking at the South Group table, the teams are all bunched up which is good because it is all to play for and at the moment.

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