Wed, 27 Jan 2021

The Proteas will bat first in the opening T20 against England at an empty Newlands after skipper Quinton de Kock lost the toss.

LIVE | Proteas v England, 1st T20

One of the most iconic grounds in world cricket was a familiar picture of blue skies as the afternoon turned into early evening, but the absence of the atmosphere generated by the always vocal, passionate Cape Town crowd was so noticeable.

As was confirmed during the week, neither side was expected to take a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement before the game began, though two sizeable banners were visible in the stands.

"We stand in solidarity against racism & gender based violence," the banners read.

The English and South African flags were also flying at half mast.

The Proteas handed a debut to left-arm spinner George Linde, who is also known for his explosive batting, while Pite van Biljon is included in the middle order for a fourth cap.

Temba Bavuma, meanwhile, will partner De Kock at the top order while former skipper Faf du Plessis plays.

This is the first cricket the Proteas have played in nine months since their limited overs series against Australia back in March.

Teams:

SA

Quinton de Kock (captain), Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, George Linde, Pite van Biljon, Beuran Hendricks, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi

England

Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Eoin Morgan (captain), Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid

Source: News24

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