CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — England won the toss and Joe Root opted to bat in the second test against South Africa in Cape Town on Friday.
Root said he's hoping his batsmen can exploit what looks like a good batting pitch at Newlands with England 1-0 down in the four-test series.
England has had a luckless tour so far with 11 players in the squad falling sick with a flu-like illness in the buildup to and during the first match in Centurion.
The bad luck continued in Cape Town. Fast bowler Jofra Archer and opening batsman Rory Burns are both out of the second test injured after hurting themselves in training this week. Archer has a right elbow problem and Burns sustained a tour-ending left ankle injury playing soccer in a warm-up drill at practice on the eve of the test. He's on his way home for treatment.
England brought in spinner Dom Bess to replace Archer and Zak Crawley to open the batting in place of Burns. Bess and Crawley have just three tests of experience between them. There's a third change for the tourists with Ollie Pope, who missed the first test with illness, in at No. 6 in place of Jonny Bairstow.
South Africa made just one change, calling up Pieter Malan to open the batting for his test debut at his home ground. He's in for Aiden Markram, who broke a finger on his left hand during the first test.
South Africa won by 107 runs in the opening test in Centurion.
South Africa: Dean Elgar, Pieter Malan, Zubayr Hamza, Faf du Plessis (captain), Rassie van der Dussen, Quinton de Kock, Dwaine Pretorius, Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje.
England: Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Denly, Joe Root (captain), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Dom Bess, James Anderson, Stuart Broad.
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