Dave Wilson previews the eagerly awaited series against South Africa for the Basil D'Oliveira Trophy which gets underway on Thursday.
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Nice piece Dave but, if you don't mind me saying, unduly pessimistic - it'll be 2-0 to England, unless the sun shines right through August, in which case it will be 3-0
South Africa look so good on paper.
If de Villiers keeps, will they play an extra batsman? You'd think he's remain at 5.
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You'd think if AB keeps and bats at 5, it would be great if they had another high quality bat at 7, or a batting all-rounder if there is one around?
Kallis already fills the batting all-rounder slot, so I'd imagine they'd play Rudolph. Is he in the squad?
Oh for a strong arm and a walking stick
SA will be tested no doubt and on reverse England will be tested too
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Moeen is a perfectly fine bowler FFS
This would be a good match.
Yeah, highlight of the season if - and it's a big if - the rain stays away. I think I'm right in saying that no series between these sides since 1994 has been decided by more than a single Test, although the 2-1 in 1999-00 was a tad artificial for reasons we all know about. Not going to make myself look foolish by making predictions, just looking forward to seeing Philander's average go up past 30.
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