England’s preparations for the Champions Trophy will be stepped up on Wednesday, with the first ODI against South Africa at Headingley.
Eoin Morgan’s side swept a poor Ireland aside earlier this month, but against the world’s No 1 one-day side they will face a much sterner test.
And with a major tournament on home soil this summer, England will be determined to get off to a good start in the three-match series.
Morgan’s men will be boosted by the return of IPL stars Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes, and will look to justify their tag of favourites for the Champions Trophy.
But South Africa, even without Dale Steyn, present a significant obstacle.
The Proteas will be led by AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock plus a bowling unit featuring the exciting Kagiso Rabada and the particular white-ball threat of spinner Imran Tahir.
It should all add up to mean a fascinating three-match series, with both sides looking to draw first blood in Leeds.
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May 24, 2017 at 09:56AM