Spotlight: Anrich Nortje, Preview, Key Players, Fantasy Tips and Dream11
In what could be a massive blow to England's brand new aggressive approach in Test cricket, South Africa annihilated the Three Lions in the first Test at Lord's. Moreover, the way England were defeated by an innings and 12 runs must have demoralised them to the core.
However, post their crushing defeat, England think tank has clarified that they will persist with their attacking game plan in the rest of the series. So, as both teams gear up for the second Test, beginning tomorrow at the iconic Old Trafford, we anticipate another mouthwatering clash between these two giant powerhouses.
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
Date and Time: August 25, 3.30 PM IST
Live Streaming: Sony Sports Network and Sony LIV
Pitch Report: Traditionally, Old Trafford assists batters in the first three days and offers spinners some grip and turn in the last two days. Furthermore, considering how England lost the first Test on a spicy track, we can expect for a good batting track with even bounce in Manchester.
Spotlight: Anrich Nortje
Nortje in action [PC: Twitter]
The major difference between England and South Africa in the first Test was the extra pace of Anrich Nortje. Yes, he took some time to get his lengths right, but didn't look back once he found the ideal channel. He troubled the English batters with his sheer pace and movement. More importantly, he dismissed the dangerous Jonny Bairstow in both the innings, easing things for the Proteas.
- Ollie Pope scored a fighting 102-ball 73 in the first innings of the first Test.
- Sarel Erwee top scored for South Africa in the first Test, amassing a patient 146-ball 73.
- Kagiso Rabada, South Africa's leading pacer, recorded a spectacular fifer in the first Test.
- James Anderson, England's legendary pacer, has picked 31 wickets at a stupendous strike rate of 47.42 in Manchester.
CREX 11 Fantasy Tips
Wicket-Keeper: Jonny Bairstow
Batters: Ollie Pope, Sarel Erwee, Keegan Petersen
All-rounders: Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Keshav Maharaj
Bowlers: Kagiso Rabada, James Anderson, Anrich Nortje, Marco Jansen
Captain: Anrich Nortje
Vice Captain: Ben Stokes