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South Africa vs. England third Test: Can ‘visitors take lead into final test’ with a win?




It’s still all to play for in the Test between South Africa and England, with the series currently level at 1-1 with two games remaining.

The hosts won the first encounter by 107 runs, before the visitors claimed a dramatic 189-run win to tie the scores.

The third Test of the four-match series gets underway on Thursday, with Port Elizabeth the venue for the much-anticipated game.

SYDNEY,AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 4: Australias Nathan Lyon bowls on the last Ashes Test match at Sydney Cricket Ground,Australia on January 4, 2014

South Africa are available at 13/10 to win the game, with their opponents currently 5/4. A draw is available at 4/1.

Several players have been hitting the runs for the home side so far throughout the series. The likes of Dean Elgar, Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock have all put in top performances.

They will be keen to be among the runs again, with Elgar favourite at 7/2 to be their top scorer in the third Test.

Faf du Plessis is available at 4/1, with Quinton de Kock currently 5/1.

Also available at 5/1 to be South Africa’s top scoring batsman are Pieter Malan and Zubayr Hamza.

Theunis de Bruyn, Keegan Peterson and Temba Bavuma are all available at 11/2.

For the visitors, their top batters in the series include Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Dominic Sibley and Ollie Pope. 

Root is 11/4 to be England’s top batsman in the third Test, with Stokes currently 4/1. 

Sibley is available at 9/2 to top score for the away side, and Pope is available at 11/2.

Joe Denly has also been among the runs. He’s currently 5/1 to be his side’s top scoring batsman, along with his team-mate Zak Crawley.

With the ball, it’s Vernon Philander who is 11/4 to be South Africa’s top wicket taker. He’s joined by Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje at 10/3 and 7/2 respectively.

Also in contention to impress for the hosts with ball in hand are Dwaine Pretorious and Keshav Maharaj. They are both available at 9/2 to take the most wickets for their side in the third Test.

For England, it’s Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer who have been tasked with taking the wickets of the South African batsmen.

Broad is currently 10/3 to be England’s top wicket taker, with Archer available at 7/2.

Also looking to impress are Chris Woakes and Craig Overton at 9/2. Ben Stokes, Sam Curran and Mark Wood are all available at 5/1.

It’s currently 1/6 for a century to be scored in the match, and 7/2 for no century scored.

The Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg hosts the fourth and final Test, which begins on Friday 24th.

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