Game Preview: South Africa vs England | 2nd T20I



Dear Eoin Morgan. The man in the picture above is a guy called Dawid Malan, you may not realise but he's an England player who's currently on tour with you. We don't mind telling you, he's pretty good. We know Denly is a lovely chap, I think we'd all love to buy the man a pint for the way he's dug in with the test team, but, well, he's just not a very good T20 player.


We think some rapscallion in the England dressing room may be playing a trick on you by switching their career numbers. You see it's Malan that has the 57.25 average and 156.31 strike rate, and Joe that has the 10.56 average and 97 strike rate. Easy mistake to make, but how about we do the old switcheroo and pop Malan in tomorrow.


You'rs sincerely, England Cricket Fans.


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England takes on South Africa in the 2nd T20 from Kingsmead in Durban tomorrow, hoping to put Wednesday's defeat in East London firmly behind them.


Captain Eoin Morgan would have taken some positives from the performance in the 1st T20, with England spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid bowling superbly through the middle overs and Mark Wood and Chris Jordan restricting South Africa at the death.


You see, it wasn't all bad. He'll be happy with the way Roy batted and his own half-century. I'm sure he'll be disappointed in the manner in which both wickets fell, but there is plenty to build on.


The main question will be around the lineup. As we subtly hinted above, there are growing calls for Dawid Malan to be included in the team, he can't do any more than he already has to earn a place, and it was obviously that England was one power hitter short on Wednesday. I'd also give Tom Curran a rest and introduce Mahmood to the line-up to see what he has to offer.


If I was Eoin Morgan, I'd want to see a little more concentration in the field, a little more tightness in the powerplay and a little more intelligence in the run-chase (if we end up chasing again)


I don't buy the omission of Malan due to there being no space in the top order. I understand wanting to open with Buttler, statistics back that up, but he's also a good finisher. If you have the two options below, which are you going with?


Option one: Buttler opening (46 average), Denly in the middle order (10.56 average)

Option two: Buttler finishing at 5 (23.89 average), Malan in at 3 (70.60 average)


For me, that's pretty clear. For that reason here's my England team for tomorrow.


My England XI


Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid, Saqib Mahmood


Game Details

Venue: Kingsmead, Durban, South Africa

Time: 4:00pm GMT

Coverage: Watch on Sky Sports, listen on Talk Sport 2


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