We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Pitch Report for England vs South Africa, 2nd Test
1st innings average score: 335
2nd innings average score: 268
3rd innings average score: 227
4th innings average score: 168
Type: There has not been a draw in 9 years at Manchester. Expect an even battle between the bat and ball.
Time: August 25, 3:30 PM IST
Probable Playing XI for England & South Africa
Probable Playing XI for England: Alex Lees, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (c), Ben Foakes (wk), Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, Ollie Robinson, James Anderson
Probable Playing XI for South Africa: Dean Elgar (c), Sarel Erwee, Keegan Petersen, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne (wk), Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi
Smart Fantasy Picks for the Match
In his last five innings, Dean Elgar’s lowest score reads 26. He is not one to throw away his wicket, no matter what. Against England, he has scored two hundreds and three fifties in 13 Tests.
Of all the English bowlers, Ben Stokes looked the best. Two of his three wickets were of the set batters. With the bat, he could not capitalise on starts. Against South Africa, however, his average reads 45 compared to his overall average of 36. Remember his 258 against the Proteas a few years ago in Cape Town?
Marco Jansen did it all: he sniped up four wickets, including the prized scalp of Joe Root and registered his highest score of 48. In the warm-up game too, he had boasted of his batting skills, scoring an unbeaten 54. His all-round skills make him a fantasy favourite for this game!
Ollie Pope’s form in 2022 has been a mixed bag. He has scored a hundred and two fifties, while the remaining eight scores are below 20. He has been batting with the right approach, but the lapse in concentration has led him to inconsistency.
South Africa’s tactic to use Keshav Maharaj as the first change, when the ball was hard and shiny, worked wonders for them. He trapped Zak Crawley and Pope in quick succession, thereby turning the game in South Africa’s favour. With the bat, he unleashed some audacious strokes to collect 41 runs.
At Manchester, Stuart Broad and James Anderson have 71 wickets at 22 between them. Nonetheless, their numbers against South Africa at home do not make good reading. While Broad averages 30, Anderson’s average reads 37.
Only 24 of his 73 runs came in boundaries. Sarel Erwee, much like his captain, likes to grind it out and put a price on his wicket. He has played less than 50 balls only twice in nine innings.
Fantasy Power Picks for the Match
With the help of 6 wickets in the match and a crucial knock of 28* off 42, Anrich Nortje generated the most fantasy points (72) on My11Circle in the first game. Against England, he has picked 24 wickets in a mere five Tests.
Facing the wrath of Nortje was Jonny Bairstow, getting dismissed to the pacer in both innings—one of which was fired at 150 kmph. Despite the low scores, Bairstow’s average this year reads 67. To add fuel to the fire, he has smashed 866 runs at 46 including a hundred and four forties in 11 Tests against South Africa.
It was a rare failure for Joe Root at Lord’s last week, walking back for single digits. However, his form this year and the numbers at Manchester are inspiring for fantasy players. In eight Tests, he has garnered 781 runs including five fifties and a hundred.
Kagiso Rabada’s numbers in England are incredible: 23 wickets in four Tests. At the venue, he has figures of 4 for 91 and 2 for 50. Using him in short bursts has helped the tourists.
Fantasy Tip of The Day
This match requires cricketers with dual skills. For that matter, My11Circle fantasy cricket app gives you an option to choose up to six all-rounders. Besides, make sure you fire up your teams with South Africa’s raging pace unit.