England v South Africa - Five Things to Look Out For
England v South Africa
As England welcome South Africa to Emirates Old Trafford for the fourth Investec Test match in 2017, we will take a look at the top five things to look out for in this highly anticipated fixture.
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Alastair Cook v Dale Steyn
All eyes will no doubt be on England captain Alastair Cook who recently celebrated becoming the youngest player ever to reach 10,000 Test runs when England played Sri Lanka in the Second Investec Test match back in May. Cook will hope to continue his record breaking form into 2017 as he looks to overtake Sachin Tendulkar place as the greatest batsman of all time.
Standing in his way will be South Africa’s right-arm fast bowler Dale Steyn - widely regarded as one of the most feared bowlers in the world, Dale will look to get off to a fast start against England in 2017. Steyn is still looking to get back to his best after a series of injuries that saw him sidelined during England’s tour of South Africa, but with his outstanding ability he will be one player the England Cricket team will be keeping their eye on for next summer’s Test match.
AB De Villiers
AB De Villiers….Do we need to say anything else?… AB De Villiers is a threat to any team in the world and will be looking for revenge after England claimed a 2-1 Test victory during their tour of South Africa in 2015-16. England will be looking to counter the threat of De Villiers but will the English bowling lineup be able to stop South Africa’s biggest threat?
England have already beaten South Africa this year
England’s last Test match against South Africa saw the Three Lions reign triumphant as they cruised to a 2-1 victory. England got off to a flying start during their tour of South Africa winning by 241 run in Durban, before going on to win the Third Test by seven wickets after the Second Test ended in a draw. South Africa did manage to pull one game back in the Fourth Test but England were already crowned the series winners.
Battle of the bowlers
Seeing James Anderson and Kagiso Rabada lining up to bowl is a mouth-watering prospect for any cricket fan and you can see these two incredible bowlers square off in Manchester in 2017.
Lancashire and England’s Jimmy Anderson has recently been named as the Best Bowler in Test Cricket by the ICC and will be looking to showcase his skills against AB De Villiars and co. when South Africa arrive in Manchester.
Kagiso Rabada is South Africa’s latest prodige and is becoming an incredibly skilled cricketer. During the final test of England’s tour of South Africa, Rabada picked up an incredible 13 wickets to become the youngest South African to take more than ten wickets in a Test match – racking up a final wicket count of 22 for England’s Test series.
England v South Africa 1998, the last time they met in Manchester
The last time a Test match was played between these two sides in Manchester was back in 1998 which ended in a draw. South Africa got off to a fast start in front of the Manchester crowd in 1998 which saw them declare their first innings at 552 – 5, after Gary Kirsten and Jacques Kallis racked up a combined total of 342.
England then took to the field but fell short with just 183 all out before rained stopped play during England’s second innings with the match ending in a draw.
South Africa will hope to continue where they left off in 1998 with a win against the Three Lions
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Tickets are now on sale for South Africa's trip to Emirates Old Trafford to take on England in the Fourth Investec Test Match.