The fourth test between England and South Africa starts at Old Trafford Manchester on Friday. After winning 1 out of the 4 match test series, the Proteas will be looking forward to giving a strong performance this Friday. England won the third test by 239 runs with Ben Stokes scoring a century in the first innings and Toby Roland-Jones took 8 wickets on his debut. For the Proteas, Vernon Philander was suffering with a stomach illness and couldn’t be at his best during the last test. The Proteas were outclassed in the third Test on all fronts and will want to end the series with no less than a victory. However, the Cricket Betting Odds are against them.
England – Preview
England has reaped the rewards of their consistent performance in the series. Players like Stokes, Ali, Roland-Jones, Cook, and others have put up their skilled hands into play, ensuring that they perform as a collective unit. With the exception of Keaton Jennings, who may be dropped for the fourth test in favour of Liam Dawson, all of their batsmen have looked in great touch. Ali’s consistency with the ball has been a key factor behind England’s success till now in this series, and they will be hoping he can keep up just that good, this Friday. By statistics, since 2000, England have won eight and lost just one of 12 Tests at Old Trafford. That’s a big clue for punting your money online.
South Africa – Preview
South Africa captain Faf du Plessis wants his batsmen to raise their game as they look to finish their lengthy tour of England with a triumph. Philander looks forward to be back in his top game this Friday and hopes to lead his team to victory. du Plessis believes that the left-handed opener Elgar’s innings in the last test has set a fine example, and has said that “We will try to make sure that we can do exactly what he did in the last Test”. Also, South Africa’s bowling has been effective for the most part, by having some of the best pacers in world cricket, and they will be the deciding factor on the team’s performance. They will surely need an improved showing from their top order, if they are to triumph at Old Trafford — a ground where their lone Test win in eight visits came back in 1955.
Prediction for cricket betting: England has the advantage. They are going to win this test and seal the series. Check odds here.