The first Test match ever was performed between England and Australia on the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) between 15 and 19 March 1877. 142 years later, England turned the first cricket team ever to play 500 Test matches once they took the sector towards South Africa in the third encounter of the continuing 4-match sequence in Port Elizabeth. In 500 away Tests, England has managed to win 149 matches, whereas dropping 182. 83 of those have been performed in South Africa. They have a optimistic report of 32 wins, 31 attracts and 20 defeats in the nation.
England ignored Jofra Archer and picked Mark Wood to switch James Anderson as they received the toss on Thursday and elected to bat. Archer, Wood and Chris Woakes had been in rivalry to switch Anderson, who went house after the second Test in Cape Town as a damaged rib minimize brief his tour.
Archer missed the second check, which England received by 189 runs, due to an elbow harm which flared up once more on Wednesday in follow earlier than the third Test. Wood received the nod forward of Woakes on a pitch the place reverse swing is a chance, relying on the path of the wind.
Wood has solely simply returned from harm himself — having not been in rivalry for the first two check on tour in South Africa — and is taking part in his first check in nearly a 12 months since reaching profession greatest figures of 5-41 towards the West Indies in St Lucia final February.
“It is a surface that could deteriorate so we want to make good use of it up front,” mentioned Joe root.
South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has now misplaced six successive tosses and is straight away on the backfoot with the 4-match sequence stage at 1-1.
“It would have been tough to decide what to do because with the wind there is a bit of swing on day one, but if I won the toss I would have batted first too,” Du Plessis added.
South Africa handed a debut to 30-year-previous Dane Paterson, whose is the highest bowler in home cricket and seen as prone to make good use of the circumstances in Port Elizabeth.He takes the place of all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius.
(With company inputs)