England vs South Africa

This entry was posted on Monday, July 16th, 2012

Two to Watch.

What a summer of sport this has been already. A brilliant Euros, Murray weeping at Wimbledon, and Team Sky ruling the waves on their bikes. The good news is it is about to get even better. And no Jacques Rogge, I ain’t talking about your rings.

Because if this biblical deluge ever ceases, we can look forward to some magnificent test cricket this summer. As in 2011 the top two test teams go head-to-head (sadly only over three tests, and even sadlyer, the Headingly fixture takes place during the Olympics), but unlike last time out, the two sides are beautifully matched and tests won’t all be over inside four days.

The big battles will be the pace attacks, and in particular the man the rankings believe to be the best in the world, Dale Steyn, against the man many neutral observers believe to be the best in the world, Jimmy Anderson.

Steyn has led the world rankings for the past three years, following a year in which he won the ICC Cricketer of the Year prize. He is everything a fast bowler should be; aggressive, snarling and useless with the bat. In England, reverse swing may be key, and he will have to outdo the King of Reverse, Jimmy Anderson.

Anderson is officially ranked at number three, but the Burnley Express will be hoping to outshine Steyn, and stain the South African openers’ pads red. If Anderson can sparkle, England are a good bet at 11/10 with our good friends at Bet365 to win the series.

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