Watch Eng v SA highlights today – fourth test day one from Old Trafford Manchester, Cricket Ground, Talbot Road, Manchester, M16 0PX (England) Friday 4th August 2017. JE Root from England team is the most runs scorer from previous three test matches, he scored 360 runs in six innings with highest 190. D Elgar from South Africa is the second most runs scorer so far from the test series with 286 runs and AN Cook scored 208. MM Ali from England is the most wicket taker so far, he took eighteen wickets, KA Maharaj from South Africa took fourteen and JM Anderson (ENG) took thirteen.
It is the last test match of the tour and England have already won two matches and South Africa got one victory yet. If South Africa win this match the series will be equal otherwise England will get a huge victory. The damp weather in the lead-up to the Test could persuade England to stick with the same balance of side, despite Trevor Bayliss’ view that eight batsmen is too many. That would mean a second cap for Dawid Malan.
England won the toss and elected to bat
AN Cook, KK Jennings, T Westley, JE Root (c), DJ Malan, BA Stokes, JM Bairstow †, MM Ali, TS Roland-Jones, SCJ Broad, JM Anderson.
South Africa team
K Rabada, D Elgar, HG Kuhn, HM Amla, Q de Kock †, F du Plessis (c), T Bavuma, TB de Bruyn, KA Maharaj, M Morkel, D Olivier.
Match Timings: 11am start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00
There has been significant rain in Manchester over recent days and, not for the first time, heat lamps have been used to help dry areas of the outfield. Further heavy rain on Thursday morning left large puddles on the outfield. Alongside the stating of pop concerts – something the ground is used to dealing with – teams means the outfield is unlikely to be ideal. It will be interesting to see how much pace and bounce – qualities Old Trafford is known for – the groundsman can get into the surface.
Philander will have a fitness test on his back and he may not be risked if there is a fear of him breaking down. If he comes through with no issues, South Africa may consider playing the extra batsman at the expense of Chris Morris. However, if Philander continues to experience problems – which may reduce the overs he can bowl – Morris’ bowling will be needed. Heino Kuhn has been backed by coach and captain and so will retain his place.
South Africa tour of England 4th Test Highlights
Umpires – Aleem Dar, Kumar Dharmasena, Joel Wilson, Tom Lungley, Ranjan Madugalle.