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Published: Thu, July 06, 2017
Medical | By Benjamin Edwards

England v South Africa, First Test - Statistical Preview

England v South Africa, First Test - Statistical Preview

Root with confirmed that Liam Dawson, Hampshire's spin-bowling all-rounder, will bat at No8 and thus Toby Roland-Jones will wait for his debut, and targeted an upturn in fortunes for a side that lost a record-equalling eight Tests a year ago to expedite Alastair Cook's resignation.

"You look at how he [Ballance] has performed this year and the amount of runs he's scored has been phenomenal", Root told a media conference.

Root will end his long wait to lead the side out on Thursday, almost four months after he was appointed England's Test skipper and replaced his long-serving predecessor Alastair Cook. I've prepared as I'd normally do for any other Test. Toby is the unfortunate one to miss out but he's really impressed everyone with the way he has gone about his business, ' Root said. So Root, and his new vice-captain, Ben Stokes, can discomfort and defeat these tourists if they lead in the same fashion they play the rest of their cricket; there will be the odd spillage along the way but England will then be on course to compete with Australia this winter. "I see him as a feisty character who is desperate to do well and naturally he's very good at setting the tone and the example".

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Her biggest hurdle could well be co-leader Sei Young Kim , the LPGA Tour's 2015 Rookie of the Year and already a six-time victor . It's very biggest for me, but I'm ready for final round, so I practiced a lot and I'm training a lot, and mental training, too.

England have managed a solitary series win against the South Africa since the Proteas' readmission to Test cricket that came in 1992.

Broad left the field when the problem flared up on his left heel after bowling just one over for his county Nottinghamshire against Leicestershire last month, putting his participation in the first Test in doubt. Root is less experienced than any of his 79 predecessors in the job, however, and Thursday will only be the fifth time he has captained a first-class side. "[England] have their own insecurities with new leadership, a few new faces in the batting line-up and a few injury concerns".

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