The 4th and final test match between England and South Africa will start tomorrow at Old Trafford in Manchester, England now has an unassailable 2-1 lead in the series. Joe Root will claim a series victory in his first attempt as England captain should the hosts avoid defeat in the final Test. On the other hand, South Africa will looking to square the series. For England, Malan is the man who looks not in control in the 3rd test.
For the final Test, South Africa will hope to have Philander back fit in the body and mind, adding to the threat of Morkel, who has bowled manfully, Kagiso Rabada, who was clearly short of a gallop after his suspension, and, if he can get the juices flowing again as he did at Trent Bridge, Chris Morris. With the bat, they will want to take a lead from Elgar, hope that Hashim Amla rediscovers his mojo and that Du Plessis remembers to take his bat with him to the middle.
South Africa all-rounder Vernon Philander admits the tourists have underperformed this series but has backed his team-mates to recover from their heavy defeat at The Oval.
“We’ve got an honesty policy in the side,” he said. “We all admitted it wasn’t our best Test match – as players we take ownership of our performances.We let ourselves down with the bat in the first innings and we’ve been brutally honest about it. We’re looking forward to correcting those mistakes and hopefully, we can go level in the series.”