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10-Sep-2012 03:18:00 GMT
England v South Africa, 2nd NatWest T20I, Old Trafford

England Seeks Fresh Start in 2nd T20

Manchester: England captain Stuart Broad says rest rather than more practice is the best preparation for the second Twenty20 international against South Africa.

Broad's team go into the match on the back of a seven-wicket defeat in the opening T20 match at Durham.

After a hectic summer, Broad decided against compulsory nets before Monday's game at Old Trafford.

England play the third and final T20 against South Africa at Edgbaston on Wednesday and fly to Sri Lanka to defend their ICC World T20 title the following day.

Despite his side losing four wickets to spin in the opening match of the series, Broad has no concerns about how England will fare in that respect in Sri Lanka.

If South Africa are concerned at all about their top order they have a certain Hashim Amla sat on the bench and he has been in some decent form this tour. Elsewhere, the balance looks better than the ODIs with Albie Morkel back in the middle order and the twin frontline spinners.

Teams from

Stuart Broad (captain), Alex Hales, Luke Wright, Ravi Bopara, Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Craig Kieswetter (wk), Graeme Swann, Jade Dernbach, Danny Briggs, James Anderson, Steven Finn, Samit Patel, Michael Lumb.

South Africa: AB de Villiers (captain & wk), Hashim Amla, Richard Levi, Jacques Kallis, Francois du Plessis, JP Duminy, Robin Peterson, Albie Morkel, Johan Botha, Wayne Parnell, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Justin Ontong, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Farhaan Behardien.

Pitch and conditions
Old Trafford has turned this year - considerably so on some occasions, with Lancashire almost docked points in one Championship game - although it does not quite have the bounce of the square before it was rotated. The forecast suggests a chance of rain although it could hold off until after the game.

Stats and trivia

  • England have not lost a T20 at Old Trafford although the two against Australia in 2009 were badly affected by the weather.
  • Jade Dernbach took 4 for 22 against India on the ground last year, one of four four-wicket hauls by an England bowler in T20s.

Match facts
Monday September 10, 2012, (day/night)
Start time 6.30pm local (1730 GMT)

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