England go into this series as the number one side in the world after a drawing 1-1 in their recent tour of Sri Lanka.
It’s been a difficult winter for Andrew Strauss and his side in Test matches, losing 3-0 to Pakistan. Then the first Test against Sri Lanka also ended in defeat, with the top six batsman failing to find any form.
Strauss’ team ended on a high though, with a very impressive win in Colombo last week. Kevin Pietersen’s return to form was a massive boost for England. Pietersen hit a quite stunning century in quick time, not in the easiest batting conditions.
James Anderson once again led the attack brilliantly. Anderson now has 258 wickets in Test matches and is really proving himself as a world class bowler. The Burnley born Seamer will be looking to push towards that 300 mark this summer.
Coach Andy Flower will be working hard to make sure his batsman perform, the top six were a real disappointment in the winter and it felt like they let the bowling unit down.
Flower knows that South Africa will be relishing the oppurtuiniy to play England later in the summer. This will be a real test as they know that Graham Smith and his side could be challenging for the number one spot themselves. It makes the series against West Indies all the more important to build confidence and momentum
England will be hoping they can have a good summer and should be aiming to win each Test match they play in. If they do perform to their best, they could prove to be unstoppable. It all makes for a great few months of Test cricket.
England v South Africa Series Odds
Bookmakers see home advantage as key in this series, having England as favourites. Bet365 have odds of 1.91(10/11) for Strauss’ side winning on their own turf. South Africa are 3.20 (11/5) with SportingBet to upset the odds in England this summer. A draw is 4.33 (10/3).
English Summer Cricket Betting Special
VC Bethave a special offer on what English batsman will reach 23 centuries first. There are a few of England’s top six who could achieve this in the summer. Alistair Cook and Kevin Pietersen are the two favourites at 2.10 (11/10) while Captain Andrew Strauss is (8.00) 7/1. Ian Bell is an outsider at (17.00) 16/1.