Wood Returns As England Win Toss And Bat In Third Test
Zeeshan Mehtab 10 days ago Thu 16th January 2020 | 03:26 PM
England won the toss and decided to bat in the the third Test against South Africa at St George's Park on Thursday
Port Elizabeth, South Africa, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 16th Jan, 2020 ) :England won the toss and decided to bat in the the third Test against South Africa at St George's Park on Thursday.
It was the sixth successive Test toss lost by South Africa captain Faf du Plessis.
"It looks a good surface, a bit dry underneath," said England captain Joe Root, who had no hesitation in batting on a hot, sunny day.
He hasn't played in a red-ball match since a Test series in the West Indies last February.
Du Plessis said a slight south-easterly breeze could aid swing but added: "I probably would have batted first." South Africa picked new cap Dane Paterson as a specialist fast bowler in place of all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius.
"He's a skiddy bowler who hits the top of the stumps," said Du Plessis.
The four-match series is locked at 1-1.
Teams: South Africa: Faf du Plessis (captain), Dean Elgar, Pieter Malan, Zubayr Hamza, Rassie van der Dussen, Quinton de Kock, Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Dane Paterson.
England: Joe Root (captain), Zak Crawley, Dom Sibley, Joe Denly, Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Dom Bess, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad.