South Africa captain Dean Elgar has admitted he expects England to return with a vengeance in the second Test starting at the Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester on Thursday (25 August) but has warned that South Africa’s success Hunger is increasing continuously. The tourists claimed a resounding victory over their hosts in the first Test in London where they won by an innings and 12 runs within three days. It was a result that took them 1–0 in the three-match series.
But regardless of the way they win at Lord’s Cricket Ground, the Proteas know their opposition is hurting – and are desperate to try and make up for that defeat.
“I know it won’t happen (in the same way),” Elgar told the media at a pre-match press conference. “It would be very hard to know that England were hurt and I know they are coming back with a vengeance which I think is against us.
“I really just hope we can play a more solid game of cricket. I think that will give us the best chance to try to get into a win-win situation. But we know we have to start again where the scoreboard is at zero and we have to start well against them.
Elgar also highlighted the feeling of ‘will to win’ within his team, saying that they were no less determined to come out on top in this Test than they were before. “What happened in the first Test was surprising for us. “We played really solid, sound cricket like we were doing last year. I think our hunger was there and I think our hunger is still here.
“I don’t think it’s going to go anywhere. We send a strong message in this regard. We really want to play a brand of cricket that everyone back home will love, and hopefully the rest of the world will enjoy. The future. It’s hard to read, I wish I could, and I hope the second Test goes on like that.”
The Proteas bowlers completely blew up England in the first game, all playing their part, taking 20 opposing wickets in just 82.4 overs. Elgar warned that these bowlers – including Kagiso Rabada, Enrique Nortje, Marco Jansson, Lungi Ngidi – could be even better in Manchester.
England vs South Africa, 2nd Test
place: Old Trafford, Manchester
Date Time: August 25 to August 29 at 330 PM IST
Live Streaming & TV Details: Sony Sports Network and SonyLIV Website and App
England vs SA 2nd Test Dream11 Prediction
wicket keeper: Jonny Bairstow
Batsman: Dean Elgar, Searle Ervie, Ollie Pope
All-rounder: Ben Stokes, Joe Root, Keshav Maharaj
Bowler: Stuart Broad, Kagiso Rabada, Enrique Nortje, Marco Janssen
Captain: ollie pope
vice captain: marco jensen
England vs SA 2nd Test Probable 11
England: Alex Lees, Jack Crowley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (c), Ben Fox (wk), Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, Ollie Robinson, James Anderson
South Africa: Dean Elgar (c), Sarel Ervi, Keegan Pietersen, Aiden Markram, Rasi van der Dussen, Kyle Verne (wk), Marco Janssen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Enrique Nortje, Lungi Ngidi