Match Preview England vs South Africa, 1st T20I 2017

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In the fast-paced world of international sport, there’s little time to rest on any laurels – or, indeed, lick any wounds, which is what England and South Africa are likely to have been doing in the past few days, as they reflect on their disappointing exits from the ICC Champions Trophy. So, where better for two hard-hitting white-ball teams to decamp than to a sun-baked South Coast, to engage in the opening bout of a three-match T20 contest that promises (at least on the evidence of their last encounter in this format…) an onslaught of cathartic tonking?

T20 cricket may be the world’s most in-vogue format at the moment but, in truth, this particular series crops up as an anomaly in the fixture list. The next World T20 isn’t until 2020 – fittingly enough – despite long-standing rumours of an extra tournament being shoehorned in for 2018, and as a consequence, these games…

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