England go head to head with South Africa at Kennington Oval in London on Thursday in the third Test of the four match series.
The sides are locked at 1-1, after South Africa crushed England by a record margin at Trent Bridge in Nottingham in the second fixture. That 340 run victory was even more of a surprise, given that the Proteas had capitulated by 211 runs at Lord’s in the series opener
The Proteas watchful approach in their first innings in Nottingham, allowed them to post 335, and was in total contrast to the approach to their hosts, who continued their policy of all-out attack with the bat.
While this may serve them well in the white ball game, it has brought severe criticism as a way of tackling batting in the Test match arena. Despite 78 from the skipper Joe Root, England managed a mere 205, and were destined for defeat.
Hashim Amla with a second half-century of the match, led the tourists to 343-9 in their second innings, which batted England out of the match. The hosts were even more pitiful second time around, and a miserly 110 all out was all that they could manage.
Fast bowler Rabada, who was missing at Nottingham due to suspension, will likely return to the Proteas line up, while England bring in Tom Westly to replace the injured Gary Balance. Dawid Malan is also included in the 13-man squad, and could make a Test debut in place of spinning all-rounder Liam Dawson.
England do not have a good recent record at the Oval, having won just one of the previous five Tests played at the venue.
Pakistan hammered them at the venue by 10-wickets last year, while Australia were victorious by an innings and 46-runs in 2015. When the Proteas last played a Test at the Oval, back in 2012, they won by an innings and 12-runs.