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England wins toss, will bat first against SAfrica

England wins toss, will bat first against SAfrica

England captain Kevin Pietersen won the toss Friday and elected to bat first in the opener of the five-match one-day international series.
Pietersen's first success was persuading Steve Harmison to come out of international retirement to replace injured bowler Ryan Sidebottom.
The 29-year-old Harmison initially retired from ODIs in December 2006 after being left out of England's squad for a series with Australia and New Zealand.
South Africa fast bowler Morne Morkel was ruled out of the day-night match with a side strain, while his older brother Albie Morkel has a shoulder problem.
Andre Nel and allrounder Vernon Philander came in as replacements.
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Teams:
England: Ian Bell, Matt Prior, Owais Shah, Kevin Pietersen (captain), Andrew Flintoff, Ravi Bopara, Samit Patel, Luke Wright, Stuart Broad, Steve Harmison, James Anderson.
South Africa: Graeme Smith (captain), Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Mark Boucher, Vernon Philander, Johan Botha, Andre Nel, Dale Steyn, Makhaya Ntini.
Umpires: Ian Gould, England, and Simon Taufel, Australia.
Match Referee: Roshan Mahanama, Sri Lanka.


Updated : 2021-01-17 05:32 GMT+08:00