How to watch England v South Africa cricket Test series

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Ben Stokes and Dean Elgar will meet to improve their World Test Series Championship standings

After such a strong start this summer, Ben Stokes and his squad will no doubt be itching to dress the Whites again and easily chase down any goal that New Zealand or India have set up for them.

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Joe Root’s drumming has evolved since he relinquished his captaincy and he currently tops the batters chart in this 2021-23 World Championship series with a total of 1,744 carries, with compatriot Jonny Bairstow sitting just below him with 1,218 carries.

Since the much-vaunted acquisition of Stokes and Brendon McCullum earlier this summer, England have won all four of their Test matches and are hoping to continue that momentum.

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However, South Africa, who currently sit at the top of the 2021-23 ICC Test World Cup with five wins and two losses from seven games, will make for some tough competition.

With that clash now on the horizon, here’s everything you need to know ahead of the England v South Africa game…

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When does England vs South Africa start?

The first of the three friendlies begins on Wednesday, August 17th and ends on Sunday, August 21st, 2022.

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The second test match will be played from Thursday 25th August to Monday 29th August and the third match will be played from Thursday 8th September to Monday 12th August.

The match of the day starts at 11am (BST) each day and is likely to be played until 6.30pm or 7pm depending on the light.

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How do you see England vs South Africa?

Sky Sports will again broadcast all test matches between England and South Africa. Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Cricket cover the action which starts at 10.30am each day.

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Sky Sports subscriptions start at around £46/month NowTV passes offer day passes for £11.99/day.

The highlights of the test can be viewed daily at 11:15 p.m. on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer.

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Where are the games played?

The first of the three test matches will be held at Lord’s Cricket Ground and will be the Red for Ruth match – a campaign aimed at raising money for the Ruth Strauss Foundation.

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The second game will be held at Old Trafford, Manchester, while the third friendly will be held at The Oval, London.

How to buy England vs South Africa tickets

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All tickets are available through the respective stadium’s website.

There are still tickets available for them Lord’s Test Match and costs over 100€. Old Trafford tickets start at £40 and can be bought through Lancashire Cricket’s site during Oval tickets start at £47.95 and are available through the Surrey Cricket website.

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Who is in the England vs South Africa squad?

England’s Ollie Robinson has returned to the squad but was not selected for the first Test XI, while South Africa’s tempo bowler Duanne Olivier has been ruled out with a second degree right hip flexor tear.

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Pace bowler Kagiso Rabada has been ruled out of the T20 series due to an ankle injury but will return this week.

England plays XI: Zak Crawley; Alex Lees; Ollie Pope; Joe Root; Jonny Bairstow; Ben Stokes; Ben Foakes; Stuart Brad; Jack Leach; Matthew Potts; James Anderson.

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South Africa: Dean Elgar; Sarel Erwee; Simon Harmer; Marco Jansen; Keshav Maharaj; Aiden Markram; lungi ngidi; Anrich Nordje; Keegan Petersen; Kagiso Rabada; Ryan Rickelton; Lutho Sipamla; Glenton Stuurman; Rassie van der Dussen; Kyle Verreynne; Khaya Zondo.

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