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England v South Africa: Twenty20 series preview

20 June 2017, 10:28 | Charlene Valdez

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Both sides will head into Wednesday night's opener at the Ageas Bowl on the back of Champions Trophy disappointment.

The hosts are resting several key men amid a packed schedule of fixtures but have several uncapped players looking to make their mark ahead of Wednesday's series opener in Southampton, with Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Mason Crane, Tom Curran and Craig Overton all eager for a first taste of worldwide action.

Meanwhile there will also be eight global marquee players, with England (Eoin Morgan, Kevin Pietersen and Jason Roy) and the West Indies (Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard) providing three apiece in a list that also includes Sri Lanka paceman Lasith Malinga and former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum.

"We have analysed him and have got footage on him, we have seen his action and know more or less what to expect, he is not a completely foreign guy".

"Throughout the last couple of years we have had opportunities that have come up and we had some very good players take them". The reports back we are getting form the start of the season and the North-South games, the guys did impress.

The host is without some big-name stars for the series, while the visiting side is missing Faf du Plessis but has added a lot of muscle elsewhere. I have always been the person to try and see the positive and the opportunity to improve, these three matches give me that opportunity as a player and as captain of the team.

South Africa T20 squad: AB de Villiers (captain)‚ Farhaan Behardien‚ Reeza Hendricks‚ Imran Tahir‚ David Miller‚ Morne Morkel‚ Chris Morris‚ Mangaliso Mosehle‚ Wayne Parnell‚ Dane Paterson‚ Andile Phehlukwayo‚ Dwaine Pretorius‚ Tabraiz Shamsi‚ Jon-Jon Smuts. "We have made quite a few mental notes and all sorts going forward to come back in 2019, I hope I will be part of that, it is part of the plan".

"You are starting to see different T20 leagues taking up different gaps during the year and current global players can't participate in all of them - it's just not possible", said du Plessis.

"This is going to be really important to keeping most of the players in the country".

"Obviously you've got to play the player and the team you are playing against on the day, and adapt accordingly, and we'll be definitely ready for that".

England, too, were left to rue what might have been after blasting their way to a semi-final meeting with Pakistan only to offer a meek effort as they slipped to a heavy defeat to the eventual winners.

But he returned to form on Saturday with a knock of 92 as Surrey beat Worcestershire to reach the last four of the Royal London Cup and Morgan insists he still has the support of the England set-up.

Morgan - who backed Roy to play in the entire tournament ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy regardless of his form - says the batsman continues to impress in practice. "He has been working tremendously hard". He looked good in the nets and did all the right things but couldn't seem to score runs. "Everyone goes through a bad stage but it is how they come out of it that is important".

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