Thu. Feb 20th, 2020

South Africa vs England: Rain delays toss ahead of final Test

The fourth and final South Africa vs England Test will play out at the Wanderers but the toss has been delayed by rain.

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Persistent drizzle in and around the Wanderers in Johannesburg has seen the toss delayed ahead of the fourth South Africa vs England cricket Test.

The match was due to get underway at 10:00, but the start will be delayed as rain continues to fall ahead of the scheduled toss time of 09:30.

Soggy start won’t faze England

England take a 2-1 lead into the match, which means that even if they lose the final contest of the Test series, they will retain the Basil D’ Oliveira trophy.

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South Africa’s Vernon Philander (L) celebrates after the dismissal of England’s Zak Crawley (R) during the first day of the second Test cricket match between South Africa and England at the Newlands stadium in Cape Town on January 3, 2020. (Photo by MARCO LONGARI / AFP)

The tourists gained the upper hand with victories at the historic grounds Newlands and St George’s Park, bouncing back from a Boxing Day Test defeat marked by the gastric flu that ripped through the Three Lions camp.

Wanderers will play host to Vernon Philander’s final Test for South Africa. Philander announced his intent to retire after the series and has been named in the starting XI for what will be his 64th Test.

The Test could also be Faf du Plessis’ last as captain with pressure mounting on the 35-year-old after a poor series both as leader and batsman.

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South Africa’s Keshav Maharaj is bowled by England’s Stuart Broad during the fourth day of the third Test cricket match between South Africa and England at the St George’s Park Cricket Ground in Port Elizabeth on January 19, 2020. (Photo by Richard Huggard / AFP)

Overcast conditions prevail

The Proteas are unlikely to want to bat first given the conditions that met them when they arrived at Wanderers this morning. The memory of Stuart Broad’s incredible spell at the ground in 2016. Broad ripped through the Proteas in an incredible session of action taking 5 wickets for just 1 run.

South Africa’s top-order has been tremendously brittle in the series so far with no centuries notched by any Proteas player.

England humiliated the abject Proteas in Port Elizabeth to take an unassailable 2-1 series lead but there are still World Test Championship (WTC) points up for grabs.

The tourists will be as desperate to claim those points as the Proteas, who currently occupy seventh spot on the WTC table. England are chasing second-placed Australia, while India comfortably top the standings.

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