The Oval disaster may be confined to history, but can England overcome the scars they were given over four days of utterly one-sided cricket? Headingley will be a new venue, and that itself should give England hope to start afresh. They have no option but to fight back if they are to keep their credibility intact.
England have made one change to their Squad for the Second Investec Test against South Africa at Headingley in Leeds. Ravi Bopara, who failed in both the innings of The Oval Test which the hosts had lost, has been replaced with James Taylor. Bopara hasn’t been dropped but opted out of the second Test due to personal reasons.
The Worcestershire Vs South Africans, 2-day match ended in a draw with the visitors having a bad outing. After bowling out hosts Worcestershire for 245, South Africa ended the match at 67 for 4 in their second innings with rookie medium pacer Chris Russell capturing three wickets.
South Africa have rested veteran all-rounder Jacques Kallis for the upcoming 5-ODI NatWest Series in their England tour. Kallis is likely to make it to the South African Squad for the T20 World Championship in Sri Lanka which could be the reason why he is going to be rested after the ongoing 3-Test Series against England.
Although England were thoroughly outplayed at The Oval, it was their bowling performance that was a shocker. Prior to the start of the series, a lot was expected of this English bowling attack, which was even rated by some critics as the best ever in the country’s bowling history.