T20I series preview: England v South Africa

Morris and Miller look to have struck up a great relationship, one that could blossom into something quite lethal, although they will be keen to put their failure to score ten in ten balls at the end of the second ODI against England behind them.

Allrounders Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius and Andile Phehlukwayo will compete for one or two places while the specialist bowlers in the squad are Paterson, world number one T20 Bowler Imran Tahir, left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi and lanky speedster Morne Morkel.

Lead seamer Kagiso Rabada has been afforded some rest ahead of the massive Test series leaving Morkel and Parnell to lead the attack and press for a place in the five day squad.

The series is fascinatingly set up with both sides looking to experiment predicting the outcome is a tough task but the first game could very well set the tone for the rest of the series.

Key Men

Without Root or Stokes captain Eoin Morgan will have a lot of responsibility on his shoulders and two or three early wickets could leave him with a lot to do, however he thrives on those pressure situations.

Plunkett has proven troublesome for the Proteas batsmen already and will be eager to cement his spot as England’s best white ball bowler in this brief T20 shootout.

De Villiers like his opposite number will be expected to lead by example and keep the batting order together in the absence of regulars De Kock, Hashim Amla, Du Plessis and JP Duminy.

Morkel is probably the only South African who came out of the Champions Trophy looking better than he went in and this series offers him a chance to force his way into the XI across all three formats.