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England vs South Africa 1st T20 Tips - England backed to win close contest

By Ralph Staniforth
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Much like the ODIs, the T20s are difficult to call. Neither side is in great form which makes for an intriguing contest. I am backing the hosts to come out on top in this one.
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  • Head to Head
  • England Form
  • England Injuries
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  • England have won 4 of their last 5 T20 matches against South Africa.
  • England’s Jonny Bairstow scored 63 & 28 runs in his last 2 ODI matches.
  • South Africa’s Quinton de Kock scored 92* runs in the 3rd ODI against England.

Head to Head


England have won four of their last five T20 fixtures against South Africa. The last time they met however saw the Proteas come out on top by 10 runs in November 2021.

England Form


England have not been their dominant self in white-ball cricket of late. The retirement of Eoin Morgan has left a gaping hole, one that Jos Buttler is trying to fill as captain.

The ODI series against South Africa ended 1-1 after the decider was rained out. In the 2nd ODI, the last match in which England batted, the match was reduced to 29 overs.

Jonny Bairstow scored 28 runs after a score of 50+ in the 1st ODI as England scored 201 runs. They comfortably defended that score to win by 118 runs.

England Injuries


Dawid Malan should return to the T20 side at the expense of Joe Root. Jos Buttler could also open the batting.

South Africa Form


South Africa will be disappointed that they couldn’t secure an ODI series win against England. They dominated the opening fixture of the series but collapsed in the second to 83 all out.

In the series decider, the Proteas were looking on course for another big score at 159-2 after 27 overs. Quinton de Kock was on 92* at the time but the rain arrived and never went away.

South Africa Team News


South Africa’s side should be reasonably similar to that of the ODI side. Quinton de Kock could be key with the bat and is in form after a superb innings in the final ODI.

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Verdict

England are backed to win the opening T20 of the series against South Africa. Jonny Bairstow is tipped to top score for the hosts.

After a superb 92* runs in the 3rd ODI, Quinton de Kock is backed to top score for the Proteas.

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