Preview of the second test: South Africa seeks to subdue England in Newlands' favorite place
CAPE CITY: A floating South Africa will seek to take home its advantage in a favorite place, as it will host a team from England that faces a big selection question in the second Test of the four-game series that begins in Newlands on Friday.
The home team finished a series of five consecutive losses with a dominant victory of 107 races in the first Pretoria Test, as the winds of change through their camp, on and off the field, brought immediate success.
Coach Mark boucher He seems to have brought some steel back to the squad when they submitted a team from England that was fighting the disease and has recently struggled to get victories along the way.
South African opener Aiden Markram He is definitely out with a finger injury and that should mean a debut for Pieter Malan, 30, in his homeland in what is an iconic test on the list of matches that could count on the attendance of up to 10,000 fans of England.
South Africa must also decide whether to accommodate a Temba Bavuma in the middle order again, with its replacement Rassie van der Dussen scoring a half century of second inning in his Pretoria debut.
England have not won in Newlands since 1957, although their last two visits in 2010 and 2016 ended in draws.
It is a traditional stronghold for South Africa, which has lost only one of its 18 previous tests in the place, obtaining 13 victories at that time.
The disease that spread through the squad of tourists in preparation and during the first test seems to have eased, giving them more options.
Mid-order batter Fit-again Ollie Pope will probably replace Jonny Bairstow in what should be the only change in the top seven, but the composition of the bowling attack is far from certain.
Wicket in Cape Town is expected to be less friendly to the sea than the first Test, which could mean the introduction of a specialized turn option, with Dominic Bess or Matt Parkinson in dispute.
The left arm spinner Jack Leach still has a question mark about fitness looming over him, which could mean that Bess escapes without having been part of the original tour party.
The question would then be who to leave out, with one of James Anderson's four points of attack, Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer or Sam Curran to get lost.
Anderson and Broad have 1053 test positions between them, but England coach Chris Silverwood acknowledges that their places will be under discussion.
In Jimmy and Stu we have a great experience and we would be very stupid if we didn't take that into account in every game, Silverwood told reporters after the first test.
But, equally, you want your children to come and if we are going to leave room for a roulette wheel, we have to see which sealants are suitable for this field.
If there is a big decision, we are not afraid to make it.