England v South Africa: Three players to watch this summer

The summer of international cricket begins in earnest on Wednesday when England face South Africa in the first of three ODIs at Headingley.

While England are improving rapidly and should fear no-one, South Africa are the world No 1 and feature some of the greatest cricketers playing today.

Here, Sportsmail columnist and former England captain Nasser Hussain runs down his top three South Africans to watch out for this summer…

South Africa’s AB de Villiers and England’s Eoin Morgan hold the series trophy at Headingley


An absolute freak, I’m a massive fan. He’s had a quiet period due to injury and his self-enforced absence from Tests, but he’s rested up nicely for this tour and remains a huge threat.

The original 360-degree batsman who can do things others cannot, with style and finesse rather than brute force too. Driven by a desire to end South Africa’s ‘curse’ at major tournaments.

AB de Villiers has had injury issues, but he has rested for this tour and remains a huge threat


Left-hander at the top of the order who gives it a real whack. Won five awards at the South Africa cricketer of the year dinner and has been in phenomenal form. Loves pace and absolutely mullers anything short. England must pitch the ball up and try to swing it.

His 104 off 78 in the tour opener at Sussex showed what he can do but spinner Jeetan Patel got him out twice cheaply opening the bowling in New Zealand. Might be worth sneaking in a couple of overs of Moeen Ali up front.

Quinton de Kock has been in phenomenal form at the top of the order and gives it a real whack


So mature for a lad of 21 and an absolute dream for a captain. Driven, professional, and as coach Russell Domingo said the other day, ‘a perfect physical specimen for bowling’. Shaun Pollock says this lad has got absolutely everything.

South Africa will have to be careful how they handle him because he will run in all day for you at 90mph but there is no doubt that, if he stays fit, he can become a genuine superstar.

Kagiso Rabada, 21, is an absolute dream for a captain – driven, professional and mature

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May 23, 2017 at 08:07PM

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