Michael Vaughan backs Joe Root

The series is level at 1-1 after England’s collapse at Trent Bridge. The Sports Gent had some constructive criticism for the new skipper in the aftermath but ahead of the Third test Michael Vaughan is backing Captain Root to top score for England.

So with the series poised nicely, the Oval will play host for the 100th time in Test cricket. South Africa have had their share of success there too, most notably Hashim Amla’s monster innings of 311*. Michael Vaughan expects Amla to perform well again but as England have won the toss, he thinks the hosts will take a 2-1 series lead.

Vaughan’s tips

England: Root top batsman, Moeen top bowler

South Africa: Amla top batsman, Philander top bowler

Match winner: “Whoever wins the toss” = England.

Jul 27, 2017