South Africa and England played out an ODI series draw earlier this month and will now head into the last leg of a full tour, which also included four Tests. Both teams will continue their preparations for the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year.
England and the Proteas are currently positioned third and fifth, respectively, in the International Cricket Council’s T20I rankings.
India are wedged between them in fourth position. Unlike at the end of the Test series, when Faf du Plessis and Joe Root handed over to Quinton de Kock and Eoin Morgan, respectively, there will be no change in captaincy for the T20Is.
South Africa vs England T20I Schedule
South Africa and England will play three T20Is across seven days. The first will be contested in one of South Africa’s smaller towns before returning to the bigger grounds.
1st T20I: Wednesday, 12 February 2020
Venue: Buffalo Park, East London
Start time: 21:30 (IST) and 16:00 (GMT)
2nd T20I: Friday, 14 February 2020
Venue: Kingsmead, Durban
Start time: 21:30 (IST) and 16:00 (GMT)
3rd T20I: Sunday, 16 February 2020
Venue: SuperSport Park, Centurion
Start time: 18:00 (IST) and 12:30 (GMT)
South Africa vs England 2020 – T20I Squads
The host have kept de Kock as captain. He led the T20I XI in the series against India last year and might do the same at the T20 World Cup. Having tested his leadership at ODI level, the Proteas want to see more of his tactics in T20I cricket.
Intriguingly, Janneman Malan is not in the squad. He was earmarked for an ODI debut, which never arrived – and now won’t play in the T20I series. He is among the stars to watch ahead of the T20 World Cup. Perhaps he will get a go in the T20I series against Australia later this month.
The uncapped Sisanda Magala and Pite van Biljon have been included. Both impressed in the Mzansi Super League. Seamer Magala played for the Cape Town Blitz and batsman van Biljon represented the Tshwane Spartans. They will be keen to make positive impressions and push for T20 World Cup selection.
England will be without Jofra Archer. He was named in the squad, but has since been sidelined by an elbow injury. Saqib Mahmood, who debuted during the ODI series against South Africa, has remained with the squad as cover for Archer.
Ben Stokes is back, having rested for the ODIs. He, of course, will bring plenty of firepower to the batting ranks – and perform a key role with the ball. England, again, have opted for two leg-spinners in Adil Rashid and Matt Parkinson. The part-time leg-spin of Joe Denly will also be available.
Dawid Malan will be eager to shine. He has been in the wilderness of international selection somewhat. Here is a chance for him to remind all and sundry of his talent. He may well open the batting alongside Jason Roy, if not filter into the middle order.
South Africa vs England T20I Squads
|Quinton de Kock (captain)
||Eoin Morgan (captain)
|Rassie van der Dussen
|Pite van Biljon
South Africa vs England 2020 – T20I Series Preview, Latest Odds and Predictions
South Africa and England have been priced at 2.20 and 1.66, respectively, by bet365 to win the series. They have contested 15 T20Is previously, with the Proteas triumphant on eight occasions and the English six, with one no-result.
You can get some pretty decent odds among the top batsman and top bowler markets with bet365. Rassie van der Dussen at 8.00 or Eoin Morgan at 6.50 are good examples of the attractive batting markets. In the bowling markets, there’s Tabraiz Shamsi at 5.50 and Tom Curran at 4.33 in the ‘win only’ category.
Shamsi and Curran are among the most attractive. The South African wrist-spinner really shone in the ODI series, ensuring Imran Tahir’s absence wasn’t felt too much. Curran had a quiet series, but will be determined to pick up on the form he enjoyed in the Big Bash League recently.
Take a look at bet365’s ‘Series Correct Score’ market, too. South Africa to win three-nil at 7.50 or England to win by the same margin at 4.50 are among the longer odds. Alternatively, backing either team to win the series despite losing one match is also on offer.