Connect with us


South Africa vs. England first Test: Can visitors get ‘back to winning ways’ in opening game?



England return to Test cricket this month with a trip to South Africa. It’s difficult to split the pair heading into the game, with the hosts sitting third in the Test rankings and the visitors just behind them in fourth.

The first Test gets underway on Thursday in Centurion. Tests two, three and four then take place in January in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg respectively.

It looks set to be a tricky fixture for both sides, with England out for redemption after losing their last Test encounter with New Zealand earlier this month.

South Africa will have a similar incentive, though. They were heavily beaten by India in a three-Test series back in October.

Both sides are currently 13/10 to win the opening Test. And a draw is available at 9/2.

England captain Joe Root finds himself in the top ten in the Test batting rankings after impressing with the bat lately. He is currently 11/4 to be the top batsman for the visitors in Centurion. Both Rory Burns and Joe Denly are currently 5/1 to be England’s top performer with the bat.

Their team-mates Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley are available at 6/1, with Jos Buttler available at 8/1.

For the hosts, it’s Faf du Plessis and Dean Elgar at 3/1 who are favourite to top score with the bat. Aiden Markram and Pieter Malan are currently 4/1, with Rassie van der Dussen available at 5/1.

Vernon Philander sits high up in the all-rounder Test rankings, and he’s currently 25/1 to be his side’s top batsman in the opening game.

It’s currently 8/13 for either side to have a batsman to score a hundred in the first innings. And it’s 1/8 for a hundred to be scored in the opening Test.

Root is currently 9/1 to pick up the man of the match award. His team-mate Ben Stokes is available at 10/1.

England’s James Anderson and South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada both find themselves in the top ten in the Test bowling rankings. Both are currently 12/1 to clinch the man of the match prize.

The action then continues between the two sides in February with three ODI matches followed by three T20 matches.

But up first is the much-anticipated Test series, where England will be looking to end the year on a high with a win.

Sports Journalism graduate, Liverpool and Northern Ireland fan. Currently working as a freelance journalist for GOAL, while I am a graduate of the FISU Young Reporters Programme at the 2019 Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Can follow me on Twitter or view my linkdin biography or contact me via my email .

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


Birmingham FC Birmingham FC
Football4 weeks ago

Birmingham City v Ipswich Town live streaming, tv channel and match preview

Wayne Rooney, the newly appointed manager of Birmingham City, has unfortunately faced defeat in his first three matches at the...

get leeds on TV get leeds on TV
Football1 month ago

Leeds United vs Huddersfield Town : Fans give live streaming verdict

Leeds United are poised as clear frontrunners for tomorrow afternoon’s match against Huddersfield Town. The squad is eager to redeem...

Leicester City Leicester City
Football1 month ago

Live – Watch Leicester City v Sunderland streaming

Leicester are 1/2 to record their 12th win in 13 league outings this season against Sunderland, who are 9/2 to...

west ham football west ham football
Football1 month ago

How and where to watch Aston Villa v West Ham live streaming on TV

Aston Villa aim to extend their impressive streak at Villa Park as they host West Ham, a team with a...

Brentford Brentford
Football1 month ago

Betbuilder for Brentford v Burnley

The league standings can be deceptive, and that’s certainly the case for Brentford, who undeservedly find themselves in the bottom...

man city man city
Football1 month ago

Manchester City v Brighton Bet Builder – Haaland amongst the goals?

The general sentiment among Etihad supporters is a deep respect for Roberto De Zerbi’s Brighton. The Italian maestro remains unwavering...

Newcastle Utd Newcastle Utd
Football1 month ago

Newcastle Utd v Crystal Palace live streaming EPL game

Crystal Palace are set to face off at St James’ Park, but they might be missing two pivotal players. Eberechi...

liverpool FC liverpool FC
Football1 month ago

Liverpool v Everton Bet Builder

Premier League fervor kicks off at Anfield with the season’s inaugural Merseyside Derby. Liverpool‘s impressive season start positions them as...

wales football wales football
Football2 months ago

Wales v Gibraltar live streaming news

Wales are the favored team in the upcoming football match against Gibraltar this Wednesday evening. Many predict a strong performance...

west ham football west ham football
Football2 months ago

Aston Villa v Zrinjski live streaming Europa League on TV

After a 3-2 setback against Legia Warsaw in their opening match, Aston Villa feels the heat as they approach their...

We are committed in our support of responsible gambling. Recommended bets are advised to over-18s and we strongly encourage readers to wager only what they can afford to lose. If you are concerned about your gambling, please call the National Gambling Helpline on 0808 8020 133, or visit Further support and information can be found at GamCare and

Copyright © 2023 | 18+

About Us | Contact Us | Authors | Privacy Policy | Cookie Policy | Terms and Conditions| Help & FAQ | Editorial Policy
All odds are correct at time of publishing and are subject to change.