The second test match between England and South Africa commences at Nottingham tomorrow. England thrashed South Africa in the first and appear to have gained a psychological dominance over the visitors. England will be overwhelming favorites in cricket betting to clinch the series.
South Africa will welcome back their skipper Faf du Plessis for this test. Their batting looked in complete disarray in the second innings. Du Plessis’ return will be a relief for the top order under extreme pressure. Still, the team will be without Kagiso Rabada who is suspended for the match.
Preview – England
England have no such problems. Joe Root seems to have settled nicely into the helm, and Alastair Cook seems comfortable in just being an opener. Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow looked good with the bat, while Moeen Ali was irresistible with the ball. England are all set to retain the same bowling combination of four fast bowlers and two spinners. The presence of all-rounders like Stokes and Ali makes the team splendidly balanced and a sure-fire favorite for punting online.
Preview – South Africa
South African top order struggled to cope with the sustained onslaught of England bowlers. Hashim Amla, Dean Elgar and JP Duminy all had a poor match. Had it not been for the resistance of lower middle order in the first innings, the match would have ended much earlier. This is where du Plessis’ arrival means a lot for South Africa’s hopes. A really big innings from Amla or du Plessis will set the stage for a come back. South Africa’s bowling will be affected by suspension of Rabada. He has clearly emerged as the leader of the pack after Dale Steyn’s retirement. A lot will hinge on Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel. If they let England post a big total, they can kiss goodbye to this match too.