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England vs South Africa: Big Picture
A game against the red-hot favorites can be a nightmare for every side but it can be even worse if conditions are applied, “You have to win with this many runs and that many overs left.” It can be a close victory, but not a one-sided easy affair if you are playing against England. When we will witness the “England vs South Africa” game on 6 Nov, Proteas will know what should be the margin of win or failure. An afternoon game between Australia and West Indies will clear the mathematical figures for Proteas.
But before that happens, they have to find a way to beat England. What they will have to do and how? What should be the XI and how important the toss factor can be in England vs South Africa game in Sharjah? Our four Green Team writers discuss these things.
Faraz Ahmad Wattoo, Green Team Writer
Quinton De Kock is out of form but still, the team is winning. This is a good sign as De Kock’s form against England will bring a batting revolution in the Proteas camp. Aiden Markram and Van Der Dussen both are capable of taking the game deep where they can punish bowlers in the death overs with David Miller, who seems to have found his six-hitting form back.
If South Africa has to score big against England, Miller and one of Markram or Van Der Dussen will have to fire.
Powerplay is key in UAE, Sharjah is suitable to deal in sixes and there would be dew in the second inning as well as a lot of help for spinners. These are some realities that are on the cards before England vs South Africa match starts. South Africa has a classy pair of fast bowlers as well as the world’s best T20 spinner.
Big players perform on the big occasion and Proteas fans would be looking towards every player to perform like a champion in a much-awaited England vs South Africa game that is almost a quarter-final for the latter.
My Playing XI: Quinton De Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Van Der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi, Keshav Maharaj
Anas Chishty, Green Team Writer
A very crucial match needs a very strong squad. And I will be straight here; I’ll go with the same Proteas squad in England vs South Africa match on Nov 6th. I do not think it will be okay to change the team that has won three games straight (barring Quinton’s left-out from the WI game). Speaking of which, the wicket-keeper hasn’t had a great touch in this tournament. In the all-important game, QDK must step up and lead in the batting department. Especially if South Africa is asked to bat first.
Another concern is that of Rassie VD Dussen. He has been one of South Africa’s best batsmen in recent times. But Rassie hasn’t found his feet as well. I will push him to the 5th position and bring Aiden Markram at 3. Rassie is an excellent hitter and if the batting clicks, he and Miller in the end can provide some heavy fireworks.
England is enjoying their fairytale in the World Cup, so beating them is a huge task. South Africa can tackle them if they get the openers, Jos Buttler in particular, early. It will be a game not to miss.
My Playing XI: Quinton De Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi
Ashar Ali Khan, Green Team Staff Writer
Making any changes in the winning combination is a big no for me, especially since the team has won three matches on the trot. This means Quinton De Kock makes it to the playing XI regardless of his recent form when we witness an England vs South Africa game in T20 World Cup 2021. The Left-hander averages 36 with a strike rate of whopping 169 against England in T20Is, so I’d not even give his selection a second thought.
A little shuffle in the batting order I want is Aiden Markram batting at no.3 instead of no.4, you need to give your best player the chance to play as many balls as possible. Markram averages 69.50 at no.3 position and 30.17 at no.4.
I believe this stat alone speaks volumes. One change I’d like Proteas to make would be drafting Henrich Klassen instead of Rassie van der Dussen. Rassie hasn’t been in the best of forms recently and even if that is taken out of consideration, Klassen can play a much more crucial role down the batting order due to his ability to hit boundaries right from the word go.
My Playing XI: Quinton De Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma, Henrich Klassen, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi
Auns Amin, Green Team Staff Writer
England is the strongest side of group 1, still unbeaten in their group. Their next clash is with South Africa which has to play their must-win match on the 6th of November. After losing the first match against Australia, Proteas recovered very well and won three consecutive matches.
As they won three matches continuously, there is not much need for changes in the Proteas playing XI in England vs South Africa match.
But the problem is that Quinton de Kock is not in good form in the whole tournament scored just 35 runs in 4 matches. I think the inclusion of Heinrich Klassen will be surprised for the England side as he can hit the ball hard. Captain Bavuma can open the innings along with Reeza Hendricks.
Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi would be key for bowling line-up as England’s batters struggled against Sri Lankan spinners & Rassie Van der Dussen is the player who can change the match for his side as he has done in the warm-up match against Pakistan.
My Playing XI: Temba Bavuma, Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Heinrich Klassen, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabbada, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi