Root names England team for first South Africa Test

Root names England team for first South Africa Test

Although South Africa are ranked two places above England at two in the world, they have been depleted by the loss of captain Faf du Plessis, who has stayed at home to be with his wife after the birth of their first child.

When asked if his batting would be a boost for England Dawson replied: "The way England have played in the last few years you know they have batted deep and obviously that helps but as I said let's wait and see what team they decide to go with".

He takes over a team humiliated 4-0 last winter by India and looking to use a seven-Test summer - a three-match series against West Indies follows South Africa - to build towards an Ashes winter. Toby is the unfortunate one to miss out but he's really impressed everyone with the way he has gone about his business.

'Gary is going to bat at three. He scored just 24 runs in the series and was promptly dropped from the squad for the tour of India. since then, he has been prolific in this year's County Championship, where he has scored 815 runs for Yorkshire at an average in excess of 100 as captain of the side. Hopefully he will get off to a cracking start this week and show everyone that he's an global cricketer.

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"I got through the Lord's final on Saturday without any problems and I actually bowled on the Wednesday and Friday before that with no pain as well. We are training this (Tuesday) afternoon and tomorrow and I am really confident", he said.

England cricket director and former captain Andrew Strauss is also confident Ballance can make the most of his opportunity.

"I've been playing county cricket since early April so I've had quite a lot of red-ball cricket, so I am not concerned about the workload and it was great to have the intensity of the Lord's final to put the body to the test", Broad told Sky Sports. His record is very strong.

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