England is all set to play against South Africa in three Test matches which will start at Lord’s on August 17. England are hoping to continue their run of form under new skipper Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum. The team have been on a winning streak as they won all four of their Tests this summer under new skipper and new head coach. They defeated New Zealand 3-0 and after that they also defeated India in the rescheduled fifth Test to earn a 2-2 series draw.
England vs South Africa Test Schedule
1st Test: England v South Africa, 17-21 August, Lord’s Cricket Ground, London
2nd Test: England v South Africa, 25-29 August, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
3rd Test: England v South Africa, 8-12 September, Kia Oval, London
England Test squad v South Africa
Ben Stokes(C), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes (Wk), Jack Leach, Alex Lees, Craig Overton, Matthew Potts, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robbinson
Key points of the squad
England fast bowler Ollie Robinson has earned back a place in the squad against South Africa. However, he will have to prove his fitness to selectors. The bowler was left out of the squad for the opening Test against New Zealand at Lord’s in June.
Wicketkeeper Ben Foakes missed the match against India due to Covid-19 but he has now been included in the squad against South Africa.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Billings did not get a place in this squad.
Veteran fast bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad will lead the bowling attack as usual. Robinson, Craig Overton and Matthew Potts are the other fast bowling options in the squad.
Zak Crawley has also been included in the squad against Sout Africa. The player has not passed 50 in seven innings so far this summer. Despite that England have kept faith in him.