July 27-31, 2017
Start time: 11.00am (1000 GMT)
The series sits exactly where we want it at the halfway stage with the sides locked at 1-1. An dominant England at Lord’s turned into a dominated England at Trent Bridge, a surprisingly meek South Africa in London became the strong side we have become used to in Nottingham and so it’s the visitors who feel they have the advantage going into the next two clashes.
While South Africa fixed their problems from the first to the second Test, England created theirs. In South Africa’s case, a change in personnel saw JP Duminy dropped, Quinton de Kock moved up to No.4 and the seventh specialist batsman dispensed with in favour of an allrounder and that seems to be the combination they will stick with.
England, though, discovered Gary Ballance has not sufficiently developed his game to become the No.3 they want, that Liam Dawson…