27th November marks the beginning of international calendar as as many as 6 teams are starting their International season on this date. India plays a series in Australia, England plays a series in South Africa and West Indies plays a series in New Zealand. We have already discussed about what’s on stake in India’s tour of Australia in the limited overs version. In this article, we take a look at the schedule of England vs South Africa series, squads of both teams, where to watch it and what records will be on stake in this upcoming series.
England and South Africa will lock horns in a series of 3 T20 Internationals followed by a series of 3 One Day Internationals. Here is the schedule :
- 1st T20I : 27 Nov, Newlands, Cape Town
- 2nd T20I : 29 Nov, Boland Park, Paarl
- 3rd T20I : 1 Dec, Newlands, Cape Town
- 1st ODI : 4 Dec, Newlands, Cape Town
- 2nd ODI : 6 Dec, Boland Park, Paarl
- 3rd ODI : 9 Dec, Newlands, Cape Town
Where to watch the series?
If you live in India, you can only access watching this series on the Hotstar app online or Star Sports Network on TV. In England, it will be telecasted on Sky Sports Cricket, In South Africa, it will come on Supersport. In Bangladesh Gazi TV, In Australia Fox Sports and in Pakistan, it will be telecasted on Ten Cricket.
Records England players can break
- England captain Eoin Morgan needs 146 runs to get to 7000 ODI runs for England. He will be the first one to do so. He has scored 744 runs for Ireland as well.
- Joe Root needs 38 runs to complete 6000 runs. He will be second but the fastest Englishman to reach this feat.
- Jos Buttler also needs 145 runs to get to 4000 runs.
- Chris Woakes just needs 1 wicket for his 150th ODI wicket. He will be the 6th English player to achieve this milestone. Only Adil Rashid with 155 wickets is ahead of him in terms of wickets in the current team.
- Joe Root needs 53 runs to go pass Kevin Pietersen and have most ODI runs against South Africa. Morgan also needs 73 runs for the same purpose. Also, with one more century, Root will have most number of ODI 100s for an English player, combined with Pietersen.
- Chris Jordan needs 3 wickets to become England’s most successful bowler in T20Is. He currently has 63 T20I wickets.
- Adil Rashid needs 1 wicket to get to 50 T20I wickets. Only 3 English players have more wickets than him.
- Eoin Morgan needs 26 more runs to surpass David Warner and become 5th highest run scorer in T20 Internationals. Warner though, will have a chance to overtake him once the T20 series against India begins. However, both have a chance to go pass Shoaib Malik. Morgan needs 96 while Warner needs 71 runs for that purpose.
Records South African players can break
South African squad is mostly young so there is not much of chances for them to break records except a few listed below :
- Quinton de Kock needs 132 runs to surpass Greame Smith and sit on 4th in the list of highest run scorers for South Africa against England in ODI cricket. He can also surpass AB de Villiers to sit on third if he scores 145 runs.
South Africa ( for both ODIs and T20Is ) : Quinton de Kock (c), Temba Bavuma, Junior Dala, Faf du Plessis, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Janneman Malan, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla , Jon-Jon Smuts, Glenton Stuurman, Pite van Biljon, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne
England ( for T20Is ) : Eoin Morgan (c), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Sam Billings, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, Mark Wood
England ( for ODIs ) : Eoin Morgan (c), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Tom Curran, Lewis Gregory, Liam Livingstone, Adil Rashid, Olly Stone, Reece Topley, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
Reserves (for both formats): Jake Ball, Tom Banton, Tom Helm