The 1st practice match between South African Invitation XI and England will be played at Boland Park in Paarl.
The match starts at 10:00 AM local time (8:00 AM GMT) (1:30 PM IST).
The game can be viewed on Cricket South Africa’s YouTube Channel.
England will face the South African Invitational XI in two warm-up matches before the 3-match ODI and T20I series. Boland Park in Paarl will be hosting these two games to be played on Friday and Saturday. These matches might not provide the best match practice to the visitors as the SA Invitational XI lacks big names. These two matches coincide with the start of the Momentum One-Day Cup and the CSA decided not to disturb the line-ups of the respective franchises. Instead, they have announced the senior players from the Provisional teams.
The Paarl’s Boland Park is expected to be dry on Friday without any interruptions due to weather during the game.
Only one match in the 2019/20 CSA Provisional 50-over Challenge at the Boland Park produced a result. Easterns posted 289 while batting first and later restricted the hosts Boland to 218 and won the game by 71 runs. The venue has short square boundaries and that will help in producing big totals as seen during the Mzansi Super League.
Average 1st innings score: 289 (List A matches in 2020)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 0, Lost – 1
Injury and Availability:
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South African Invitation XI:
Jacques Snyman, Sizwe Masondo, Kabelo Sekhukhune, Jean du Plessis, Qaasim Adams, Jesse Christensen, Beyers Swanepoel, Garnett Tarr, Andile Mokgakane, Imraan Manack, Smangaliso Nhlebela, Stefan Tait, Justin Dill.
Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Tom Banton, Joe Root, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan (C), Joe Denly, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Saqib Mahmood, Matthew Parkinson.
Tom Banton averages only 30.82 with the bat in List A cricket but in current form, he could come up with a big knock. If Banton opens the innings, he could race to a fifty by end of the 10th over given the short boundaries in Paarl and an inexperienced opposition. Jacques Snyman has a solid record in the List A format as he aggregated 899 runs at an average of 39.08 and has a batting strike rate of 107.53. He has smashed three hundreds and four fifties in 25 innings and also claimed 17 wickets.
He scored a 78-ball 79 in last month’s warm-up match against a full-strength England side. Qaasim Adams is the most prolific batsman in the SA Invitational XI as he scored 2416 runs at an average of 37.75 and over 5000 runs in FC cricket. He is also in decent form with three 40+ scores across last four innings. Adams can be a decent part-time option as he picked 17 wickets in 23 List A innings.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Jason Roy, Tom Banton, Jacques Snyman
Vice-captain options – Dawid Malan, Jean du Plessis, Qaasim Adams
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Tom Banton
Batters – Jason Roy (C), Jean du Plessis (VC), Qaasim Adams
All-Rounders – Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Jacques Snyman, Justin Dill
Bowlers – Tom Curran, Saqib Mahmood, Smangaliso Nhlebela
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Tom Banton (C), Jonny Bairstow
Batters – Jason Roy, Jean du Plessis, Dawid Malan
All-Rounders – Jacques Snyman (VC), Justin Dill
Bowlers – Chris Jordan, Saqib Mahmood, Imraan Manack, Smangaliso Nhlebela
Our suggested XI No.1 is more suited if the England team bats second while the suggestion No.2 is helpful if England bats first. The likes of Joe Root, Eoin Morgan and few players from the Test squad might not play this fixture. They could be seen playing the 2nd warm-up match rather.
England team are expected to win this match by a huge margin.
Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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