South Africa v England, 2nd T20I
29/11/20, 12.30pm (GMT), Paarl
If England had any doubts over the exact line-up of their T20 side, a brutal display of hitting by Jonny Bairstow in the opening game may have put them to bed.
He thrashed an unbeaten 86 in his new position at four and looks to have given England a way of playing all their big hitters.
Jason Roy needs runs after a quiet year and struggling against debutant George Linde, but England’s only real concerns will come with the bowling, where the one headache they will face is whether to pick Tom Curran or Mark Wood.
Faf du Plessis carried on his good form from the IPL with 58 but Rassie van der Dussen struggled for fluency and allowed England to claim a foothold in the game, but the key wicket was that of Quinton de Kock.
Without him going big, it is hard to see how South Africa can score enough runs to put the game out of reach of this strong England outfit.
If the first game was anything to go by, Bairstow has the measure of the South African spinners and the straight boundaries were not big enough to hold him.
He is a dangerous player when he has a point to prove and looked in top form, so we fancy him to continue to demonstrate his hitting power and bludgeon a few more sixes off the home spinners.