Joe Root has announced that England will field the same side that thrashed the Proteas by 211 runs at Lord’s for the second Test at Trent Bridge.
The hosts put on a clinical display in all three disciplines, with captain Root’s 190 and Moeen Ali’s 10-112 the standout performances in England’s first Test victory over the Proteas at Lord’s since 1960.
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The hosts have opted for two spinners, despite the Nottingham ground tending to favour seam bowlers.
‘We’re going in with the same team. It gives us a great balance if spin does come into it later in the game, but it might be that our seamers play a bigger part this week and that excites me,’ Root told Sky Sports’ website.
‘We’ve played some good cricket here in the last four or five years, and we want to make sure that continues this week.’
England will be out to continue their dominance of the Proteas at Trent Bridge. Of the eight previous encounters between the sides at the ground, the hosts have lost just two matches.
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The Proteas’ last game at Trent Bridge was in 2003, which ended in a 70-run defeat and they will be looking to record their first victory at the ground since 1965. The tourists have also made a forced change, with Kagiso Rabada replaced by Duanne Olivier, while JP Duminy has been dropped for the second Test.
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ENGLAND: 1. Alastair Cook, 2. Keaton Jennings, 3. Gary Ballance, 4. Joe Root, 5. Jonny Bairstow, 6. Ben Stokes, 7. Moeen Ali, 8. Liam Dawson, 9. Stuart Broad, 10. Mark Wood, 11. James Anderson
The second Test gets under way at 12:00 SAST on Friday.