England have had a pretty good summer of white ball cricket so far. They lost the biggest match they played against Pakistan but have won everything else.
The test team is lead by Root for the first time and so all eyes will be on Lords to see how he does in his first run out. England have huge problems with their batting and bowling for this one.
Anderson and Broad are fading powers at the highest level and with Woakes injury the pace attack is looking the weakest it has in years.
At the top of the innnings then Hameed cannot be picked as his form has been awful. Thats means Root Cook and Bairstow will continue to have to do most of the lifting.
All in all we like South Africa if you can get them at 4/1 + for the first test.
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