England look to sweep T20I series ahead of CWG 2022
England have dominated the proceedings in the multi-format series since the Taunton Test match. Marizanne Kapp’s fine knock during the same helped the visitors earn two points. But since then England have won every match of the series. Even when South Africa put up their best batting performance in the second T20I, England emerged victorious.
What’s at stake?
Weakened by injuries and other unforeseen reasons, the Proteas would like to end the multi-format series on a high note. The opening pair of Anneke Bosch and Lara Goodall put a strong opening partnership of 102 runs in the second T20I, but South Africa’s middle order could not push them past 150. The bowling attack, without Kapp and Tumi Sekhukhune, tried its best to control the English juggernaut, but the hosts crossed the line with six wickets in hand.
For England, all the inclusions and omissions have worked so far, right from the Test match to the penultimate match of the series. The brave decision of dropping Tammy Beaumont and Charlie Dean from the T20I leg of the series has not affected them in any way. Sophia Dunkley, who opened the batting in the T20Is, has been in supreme touch throughout the series. So, the hosts would like to take the confidence into the Commonwealth Games with a clean sweep against the visitors.
Players to watch out for:
Natalie Sciver: The 29-year-old regular vice-captain led the side in the absence of Heather Knight in the 2nd T20I. Her patient partnership of 56 runs with Amy Jones helped England get over the line. She has been in great form in the series, and the allrounder is the one to watch out for.
Mignon du Preez: South Africa’s former captain announced her retirement from Test and ODI cricket immediately after the World Cup in New Zealand. She has represented her country in 110 T20Is, and has the experience to help South Africa. In the absence of a regular captain Dane van Niekerk, Suné Luus has done a commendable job with the team, and to have someone like du Preez by her side will help the captain.
- Amy Jones needs 38 runs to go past 1000 runs in T20Is.
- Shabnim Ismail needs four wickets to become the second-highest wicket-taker in the T20Is
Every addition and omission has worked for England so far. Captain Heather Knight missed out on the second T20I due to a hip injury. She will make the playing XI if she is fit.
South Africa showcased a much-improved performance in the second T20I. They would like to push for a victory with the same playing XI.
England: Danielle Wyatt, Sophia Dunkley, Heather Knight (c), Natalie Sciver, Amy Jones (wk), Alice Capsey, Bryony Smith, Sophie Ecclestone, Katherine Brunt, Sarah Glenn, Freya Davies
South Africa: Anneke Bosch, Lara Goodall, Sune Luus (c), Laura Wolvaardt, Mignon du Preez, Chloe Tryon, Delmi Tucker, Sinalo Jafta (wk), Shabnim Ismail, Masabata Klaas, Ayabonga Khaka.