Published: Tue, January 14, 2020
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England's ailing Leach heading home from South Africa

England's ailing Leach heading home from South Africa

The country's oldest Test venue, it has seen the tourists prevail in five of the nine bilateral contests on record, with three draws and just a lone South African triumph.

Two months ago Kagiso Rabada ended up being guy of this match in an ill-tempered Test against Australia, aided by the quick bowler getting ten wickets also a Test ban, later on overturned on charm, for thumping arms with Steve Smith.

The England captain was absent from the team session in Port Elizabeth due to an upset stomach, the second time he suffered an illness on a tour that was dominated by absences.

- Both teams have actually reasonably inexperienced, possibly susceptible batting line-ups.

Five of those losses were in Sri Lanka and India, on each occasion after Du Plessis lost the toss in countries where the toss is usually more important than in South Africa.

But it has also been a formidable 63 years since South Africa last beat these foes at St George's Park, the sole victory having come under the leadership of Clive van Ryneveld in March 1957.


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England will be riding on a wave of confidence after Newlands, but hopes that first choice slow bowler Jack Leach would be rejoining the party have been dashed.

Dom Bess, not part of the original touring group, did an adequate job for England, bowling economically but picking up only one wicket in each innings. He may be back in contention for a place in the starting line-up.

Crowd support: A total of 68,662 spectators created a vibrant atmosphere at Newlands but anecdotal evidence suggests that around 40,000 of them were backing England.

With the floor capability paid down due to building work, neighborhood supporters found most of the passes was indeed purchased by trip providers, with Cape Town being a really appealing location for England's travelling supporters.

Nevertheless some 5,500 tickets were sold in advance for the first day and it is likely most of those were bought on behalf of England fans, with locals generally preferring to turn up on the day.

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