Our favourite cricket son and current master-blaster is our 10th reason to get to the cricket, read on to see why we think you should get to the stadiums to support our boys in the rest of the series!
10. AB DE VILLIERS
AB probably feels like he owes us a good score after only 8 runs in Bloemfontein. Our captain and superstar batsman rarely fails which means he is bound to recover his form and give us a sterling performance during the series.
9. FAF DU PLESSIS
A welcome return to runs for Faf with 55 from 44 balls in Bloem. Hopefully the miserable test series form is behind him and he can push on from this 50 to score many more.
8. JOE ROOT
Another Englishman in fine form. 52 runs at almost a run a ball (58) makes him a threat. Joe Root needs to be stopped, will you be there to see it happen?
7. JASON ROY
Newly introduced to the current tour, Roy is another thorn in the Protea side. Explosive batting at an irrational rate makes good viewing. In Bloemfontein he managed 48 off 30. Who is going to stop him in the series?
6. MASSIVE HITS
399 runs in 50 overs in Bloemfontein – The English smashed more sixes than they have ever managed before in ODI cricket, their 15 surpassing the 14 they hit against New Zealand both at Lord’s and the Oval last June.
5. BEN STOKES
The Englishman has carried his top form into the ODI series from the tests. Another half century in Bloemfontein makes him prolific on this tour. We can either watch in admiration or hope to see him fail …
4. JOS BUTTLER
Buttler hurt us the most in the opening ODI. His 105 off just 76 balls built the foundations for the middle order to bat us off the park. This was his fourth – and slowest – century in this format … no further comment necessary
3. BIG SCORES
Five of England’s last 15 innings yielded more than 350 runs – there’s no reason to expect we’ll witness lower scores with the new field setting regulations and the Proteas deciding to rest Kagiso Rabada and injuries to other stalwarts like Steyn and Philander.
2. QUINTON DE KOCK 138* (96)
Our man of the match! The youngest SA batsman to make 2000 ODI runs and a beautiful, controlled eruption of runs in Bloemfontein. Long may it continue!
And the number 1 reason to get to the ground, is to witness the
We need to fight back to win the series after England won on the notoriously unfair D/L method in Bloemfontein and tickets are very reasonable for so much entertainment, check our calendar for venues and prices with Ticketpro.
6 February – Day Match – St. George’s
9 February – Day/Night – Supersport Park
12 February – Day/Night – Wanderers
14 February – Day Match – Newlands
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