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England win toss and bowl first in Cardiff T20I

England gained the toss and selected to bowl first vs South Africa

Jos Buttler gained his first toss in his final eight makes an attempt, an event so momentous he acquired a spherical of applause from his teammates, who will bowl first within the second T20I in Cardiff.

England’s triumph by 41 runs on Wednesday, giving them a 1-0 lead on this three-match collection, was solely all the way down to an unwavering peppering of the stands, with numbers two to 5 hitting all 20 sixes between them – and all however one of many 29 boundaries – in what was as near the right collective T20 efficiency from a prime order. As such, Buttler had no qualms in going with an unchanged XI.

“Just a little bit to see the situations,” mentioned Buttler when requested why he determined to not bat first. “We would wish to attempt to chase if we are able to.”

Maybe most shocking was stand-in captain David Miller’s choice additionally to go together with the identical staff, resisting the temptation to usher in the quick bowler Anrich Nortje to attempt to fight England’s firepower.

“We in all probability would have bowled as effectively,” Miller mentioned. “There is a huge boundary on the one aspect so hopefully we are able to use that effectively.”

That huge boundary, out on the right-hander’s leg aspect for the bowlers working from the Media Centre Finish, was a part of the rationale Buttler wished to chase. Nonetheless, the straight hit on either side encourages swinging from the hip, which needs to be conducive to a different high-scoring night.

Essentially the most spectacular six-hitter within the first T20I was arguably Tristan Stubbs, regardless that Bairstow matched his tally (eight). Anticipate the River Taff to have a number of extra residents by the tip of this one.

England 1 Jason Roy, 2 Jos Buttler (capt/wk), 3 Dawid Malan, 4 Jonny Bairstow, 5 Moeen Ali, 6 Liam Livingstone, 7 Sam Curran, 8 Chris Jordan, 9 Adil Rashid, 10 Reece Topley, 11 Richard Gleeson

South Africa 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Reeza Hendricks, 3 Rilee Rossouw, 4 Heinrich Klaasen, 5 David Miller (capt), 6 Tristan Stubbs, 7 Andile Phehlukwayo, 8 Kagiso Rabada, 9 Keshav Maharaj, 10 Lungi Ngidi, 11 Tabraiz Shamsi

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