With England’s first test against South Africa being only a week away this is the team that I think they should put out for that first test match.
Rory Burns, he had a very good series v New Zealand he will be looking to push on and score big hundreds instead of ’50s and 105.
Dominic Sibley, I don’t believe that it is fair to get rid of somebody after 3 failures when there is no better. replacement However if he fails in the first couple of games I would move Crawley up to open.
Joe Denly he still hasn’t scored a test century. That and consistent performances have to be top of his list.
Joe Root, The captain looks to have got his form back batting fluently in the warm-up game and retiring out. It’s a big series for Joe but if he scores lots of runs and captains well it will be a start to the main aim. Winning away in South Africa.
Ben Stokes, he should be able to choose how much he is going to bowl dependant on his body. This means we can keep him from being injured and have him batting well.
Ollie Pope it is unfortunate to remove Crawley but unfortunately, he didn’t give the selectors a choice scoring 1 on a flat wicket. Pope’s 75 showed great maturity which we hope can carry on.
Jos Butler is very good at batting with the tail. He will take the gloves and needs a big series.
Jofra Archer, he looked not to have been himself against New Zealand. Hopefully, he gets his pace up and shows us the Jofra Archer of the summer.
Stuart Broad he had an average series against New Zealand and will hope to have a better one v South Africa.
James Anderson, he is coming back from injury and will have to prove himself to still have it.
Jack Leach an average series in NZ will hope to get more wickets v South Africa.