England's team would like to return in the second Test against South Africa on Newlands pitch from Friday. England had to face defeat by South Africa by 107 runs in the first Test, which they would like to improve in every department to win.
Four years ago, Ben Stokes of England scored 258 runs in 198 balls with 11 sixes and shared a world Test record partnership of 399 runs for the sixth wicket with Jonny Bairstow (150 not out off 191 balls). England had won the series by winning the match by 1-0 in the four-match series, but this time the team lost in the opening match at Centurion, making the team now 1–1 on par in this Test. Would like to come
England captain Joe Root is under great pressure from his team's recent poor record overseas. Bairstow scored another nine at Centurion, making him less likely to play at Newlands this time. In 2016 at Newlands, both teams scored over 600 runs in the first innings. Since 2011, there was only one draw in 11 Test matches held here.
South Africa have won nine out of 10 matches and lost one. Opener Pieter Malan is expected to make his debut in place of South Africa's injured Aiden Markram. The England team landed without a spinner in the first Test, but Newlands' pitch requires spinners, so the selection of the spinner will be a dilemma for him as Jack Leach is ill after the team's arrival.
Jack Leach is recovering from an injury, but it is not possible for him to get into the match. Leg spinner Matt Parkinson could not impress in the first two practice matches. Off-spinner Dom Bess was called in as standby and he is expected to be replaced by veteran fast bowler James Anderson. England's most important fast bowler Jofra Archer did not bowl in net practice on Wednesday.