South Africa Vs The Three Lions in the Final Test
England produced a stunning display at the Oval in the third Test, triumphing by an impressive 239 runs to take a 2-1 lead in the series against South Africa.
The series concludes at Old Trafford on Friday, with South Africa aiming to level matters, but a worryingly lethargic performance from the Proteas suggests it’ll be an uphill struggle once again.
The betting indicates that it should a lot closer this time around, with England priced up as 11/10 favourites for the contest whilst South Africa can be supported at 11/4.
There is confidence soaring through the England squad at the moment, with captain Joe Root galvanising his side in recent months, and that price on the Three Lions looks perfectly backable.
Very few changes will be required for the hosts, who bowled tremendously on Sunday, nullifying the threat of the South African batting line-up.
Captain Faf Du Plessis will have to take the fair share of the blame as his gamble to include an unwell Vernon Philander spectacularly backfired.
The all-rounder was eventually taken to hospital with a stomach virus and his experience is likely to be noticeably absent again.
England recall Steven Finn for the final Test following Mark Wood’s injury but it should make little difference to the outcome of this contest.
Debutant Toby-Roland Jones was absolutely superb and played a pivotal role taking eight wickets at the Oval and he is likely to be a key man again in Manchester.
He can be backed at around 7/2 to be England’s top bowler.
South Africa’s middle order looks a little weak and that will be an area that England can successfully exploit.
Du Plessis suggested he will instruct his side to take a more aggressive approach as they aim to level up the series and they will hope to bat first looking to set a large total for England to chase.
It won’t be easy for the Proteas and they’ll need to start hitting the boundaries early in this final Test.
England look a decent bet to secure a 3-1 series victory at Old Trafford as they continue to go from strength to strength.