South Africa v England cricket predictions, tips & odds update, Fourth Test
England are at short odds in betting to defeat South Africa in the fourth and final Test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.
England lead the series 2-1 after crushing the home team by an innings and 53 runs at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth and the young tourists are full of confidence heading to Joburg.
It would take a monumental turnaround for South Africa to level the series after they were outplayed in all facets of the game. Their chances of fighting back at Wanderers were also dealt a huge blow with the suspension of spearhead Kagiso Rabada, for getting carried away in his celebration after dismissing Joe Root in Port Elizabeth.
The young England team is as short as $1.70 to win the Test at a ground where draws have been few and far between, though expected inclement weather brings that outcome into play.
We correctly selected England to win the third Test in our preview of that match, but unfortunately we could not continue our stellar run in betting on man of the match. We correctly tipped Quinton de Kock and Ben Stokes to take top honours in the first two Tests.
Continue reading for our South Africa-England predictions and odds update for the Fourth Test of the four-Test series in South Africa.
South Africa-England cricket Fourth Test team news
The Proteas have called up batsmen Temba Bavuma and Keegan Petersen, left-arm paceman Beuran Hendricks and all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo to join the squad ahead of the match, with wholesale changes a real possibility.
Of course, at least one change is a certainty with Rabada out of business.
England are sweating on the fitness of paceman Jofra Archer. He must prove he is over an elbow injury, with selectors hoping to pair him with fellow express pace bowler Mark Wood for the first time.
Previous matches at the Wanderers
South Africa have hosted 40 Tests at the ground, winning 17, drawing 11 and losing 12, and it’s a 3-3-3 record against England.
When these teams last played at the ground in 2016, England won by seven wickets with Stuart Broad the chief destroyer with match figures of 8-99, including 6-17 in the second innings. Joe Root chimed in with a first-innings ton.
While England need only a draw to seal the series win there have been only two draws in the past 21 Tests at the Wanderers. Storms are forecast for the weekend so be sure to check the weather again closer to the match.
Squads for the final Test
South Africa: Faf du Plessis (c), Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Dean Elgar, Zubayr Hamza, Beuran Hendricks, Keshav Maharaj, Pieter Malan, Anrich Nortje, Dane Paterson, Keegan Petersen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Vernon Philander, Dwaine Pretorius, Rassie van der Dussen.
South Africa v England odds
To win the match:
South Africa $3.25, drawn match $5, England $1.73
Man of the match betting:
$8 Ben Stokes
$10 Joe Root, Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood
$11 Quinton de Kock
$13 Faf du Plessis
$15 Dean Elgar, Ollie Pope, Vernon Philander, Dominic Sibley
$17 Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Anrich Nortje
$21 Beuran Hendricks, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Keegan Petersen, Joe Denly, Dwaine Pretorius, Zak Crawley, Pieter Malan, Dane Paterson, Rassie van der Dussen, Craig Overton, Temba Bavuma
$26 Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Dom Bess, Zubayr Hamza
Top batsman betting (1st innings)
$4 Joe Root
$5 Ben Stokes
$6 Dominic Sibley
$6.50 Ollie Pope, Joe Denly
$7 Jonny Bairstow, Zak Crawley
$4.50 Dean Elgar, Faf du Plessis
$5 Quinton de Kock
$5.50 Pieter Malan
$6.50 Rassie van der Dussen
$7 Zubayr Hamza, Temba Bavuma, Keegan Petersen
Top bowler betting (1st innings)
$3.75 Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer
$4 Mark Wood
$5 Chris Woakes, Sam Curran
$6 Ben Stokes
$7 Matt Parkinson, Dom Bess
$3.25 Vernon Philander
$4 Anrich Nortje
$4.50 Dane Paterson, Beuran Hendricks
$5.50 Dwaine Pretorius
$6 Andile Phehlukwayo
$7 Keshav Maharaj
South Africa v England best bets
As always when we preview cricket matches, we provide our value selections.
All indicators are that England will win this match, but the home team can be dangerous with so little expectation on them.
Faf du Plessis top-scorer in South Africa first innings
All the pressure is on the veteran captain and this could well be his last Test on South African soil as he has indicated he is likely to step down as leader after the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year. Call us nostalgic, but we think the old boy has a little left in the tank despite his poor recent results with the willow; you know he will be fight hard as always regardless. Also the way the South African batting has been going, he won’t have great competition!
Stuart Broad man of the match at $10
Another veteran whose tremendous career is drawing to a close and he is still a wonderful bowler. Broad was unplayable at times on this ground last time he played here and he could find conditions to suit again with stormy weather around.
South Africa v England prediction
Yes, England have all the momentum and they have so many young emerging players, but we don’t think they are quite there yet so are reluctant to take on the $1.70-odd about them winning the Test. We are strongly considering a draw given the weather forecast but are happy to bet on du Plessis and Broad in batting and bowling markets to try to cap off what has been a profitable series. Good punting.
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