England and South Africa go head to head in the second Test in Manchester starting on August 25. The hosts suffered an innings defeat in the first Test at Lord’s. This is a must-win game for them if they are to keep the series alive. For South Africa, a win at Old Trafford would ensure them a series win.
The two teams are polar opposites in terms of confidence at the moment. While England are grappling with injury and mental fitness concerns, the Protean camp seems to be high on confidence. There are key WTC points up for grabs in the second Test.
England skipper Ben Stokes expressed his concerns about the hectic schedule and the sustainability of players in the process. He also spoke about being on medication to recover from the setback of his father’s demise due to cancer.
“I never thought I would be on medication to help me for that kind of stuff [anxiety]. I am not embarrassed or ashamed to say it because I needed the help at the time. But it’s not done just because I’m back playing. I still speak to the doc, not as regularly, and I’m still taking medication every day. It’s an ongoing process” Stokes said in an Amazon documentary.
South Africa are on a high from their big win in the first Test. Kagiso Rabada took seven wickets in the game and Anrich Nortje took seven to shape up a famous win for the visitors. Skipper Dean Elgar lauded the effort of his players after the end of the game.
“The boys did a great job. I’ve got good coaching staff and a very good think-tank behind me to make those decisions (about captaincy). Kesh worked out very well for us. Sometimes you got to go with your gut feel. He (Erwee) is pretty feisty when he gets going. Great member to have in the team. He has started well. We will enjoy today” said Elgar in the post-match presentation.
ENG vs SA Head-to-Head Records, England’s Head-to-Head Record Against South Africa – South Africa Tour Of England 2022, 2nd Test
Matches Played – 154
ENG Won – 64
SA Won – 35
Matches played in England: 69 (ENG 30, SA 15)
Most runs for ENG: 1,178 (Joe Root)
Most runs for SA: 866 (Dean Elgar)
Most wickets for ENG: 94 (James Anderson)
Most wickets for SA: 59 (Kagiso Rabada)