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IT20 Preview: England v South Africa

THE MATCH

The Cooper Associates County Ground is all set for it’s first full England International match since 1983 as England take on South Africa. It is the 2nd match in the IT20 series between the sides after England recorded a comfortable nine wicket victory at the Ageas Bowl on Wednesday.

HOW CAN I STAY UP TO DATE?

Our dedicated Match Centre will be open from 9am with a live blog running throughout the day providing up-to-date information. Our Twitter page is also worth checking out.

The match is also being broadcast live on Sky Sports.

You can listen to live ball-by-ball BBC radio commentary on the BBC Sport website.

In addition to this a report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted after the close.

HEAD TO HEAD

The opening game in this three-match IT20 series took place at the Ageas Bowl saw England come out on top by nine wickets.

South Africa won the toss and elected to bat but lost three early wickets and were struggling at 32 for three. Half centuries from AB de Villiers and Farhaan Behardien then saw them post a total of 142 for three from their alloted overs.

The England reply started well and openers Jason Roy and Alex Hales put on 45 for the first wicket. Roy was the man to fall for 28 off 14 balls. Hales (47) and Jonny Bairstow (60) then saw England to their target with 33 balls remaining.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset’s Craig Overton is in the squad for this match and the starting XI will be picked from the following players: Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Mason Crane, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan, Craig Overton, Liam Plunkett, Jason Roy, David Willey.

The South Africa squad is as follows: Jon Jon Smutts, Mangaliso Mosehle, Reeza Hendricks, Tabraiz Shamsi, Farhaan Behardien, Morne Morkel, Dwaine Pretorius, Wayne Parnell, Dane Paterson, AB de Villiers, Andile Phehlukwayo, Christopher Morris, David Miller, Imraan Tahir.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match Craig Overton said: “I’m trying to treat this week like any other as I don’t join up with the rest of the squad until the day of the game at Taunton. It isn’t easy. Making my England debut at the Cooper Associates County Ground would be unbelievable and something I never thought could happen. I would love to play because it would give something back to my family and friends, along with all the Somerset members, who have supported me and the team so brilliantly.”

“It looks like being a similar sort of pitch to the one we played the Royal London One-Day Cup match against Notts on, which produced more than 800 runs. That isn’t great for bowlers, but spectators want to see high-scoring cricket and, given decent weather, I am sure Friday’s game will be entertaining,”

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

All the information that you need before traveling to Taunton for the match can be found in our comprehensive IT20 page

This covers everything from planning your journey to what to do when you get here.

Please also see Max Waller’s video walkthrough of some parts of the ground as he takes you through the matchday experience.

(Header photo courtesy of Getty images)

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