England on Tuesday announced their XI team playing for the First Test of a three-match series against South Africa, which begins at Lord Cricket Ground on Wednesday, August 17. Wicketkeeper-batter Ben Foakes back to the side after missing the Thursday Test scheduled with India. Zak Crawley and Alex Lees was retained at the top of the order while Ollie Pope kept his spot in the XI in play. Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow was in excellent form for Ben Stokes-led side, and observe another powerful trip against Proteas.
The home team has won all of the last 4 matches at home this season but the away team has a very impressive recent record, including a series of wins against India.
There was no room for Ollie Robinson, with the unstoppable Sussex beach-goer to the side, which boasted a speed attack by James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Matthew Potts, complemented by all-round Stokes.
Robinson has not played for England since the final game of the Test of the Ashes series in January.
His career has been marred by fitness issues but he impressed in the British Lions’ second win over South Africa in Canterbury last week.
There’s also no room for Yorkshire ping pong player Harry Brook or speed pitcher Craig Overton.
England’s 1st time against South Africa:
Alex Lees, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Ben Foakes, Matthew Potts, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad and James Anderson
(With AFP input)
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