Mark Wood has been declared fit ahead of the opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between England and South Africa on Thursday, May 30, 2019.
TOSS: South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis wins the toss and decides to bowl against England at the Oval
The match will be played at the Kennington Oval in London. The game will start at 9:30 AM GMT, 11:30 AM SAST.
The hosts, England played two warm-up matches before the start of the tournament, losing one against Australia and winning one against Afghanistan.
South Africa, on the other side, won their warm-up match against Sri Lanka while their other warm-up match against West Indies was abandoned due to rain.
Star Sports live streaming info
Watch SA v Eng live streaming on Hotstar.com here.
Sky Sports will telecast ENG vs SA in the United Kingdom. SuperSport will broadcast the match for the fans in South Africa. Sky Sports website and SkyGo app will live stream the match in the United Kingdom.
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🏟 – #ENGvSA
⏲- 1:30 PM
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SuperSport website will provide online streaming in South Africa. Star Sports will broadcast the game live in India. Hotstar will provide live streaming of the match in the Indian subcontinent at Hotstar.com.
‘Favourites’ England look for a winning start
With Mark Wood fit, England will have to make the tough call of either playing Jofra Archer or Wood.
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Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid and Liam Plunkett seem sure to hold a place in the line-up.
The batting seems quite settled with Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, and Jos Butler. Moeen Ali is excepted to bat at no. 7.
Dale Steyn to miss the opening clash
Veteran pacer Steyn has been ruled out of the opening match due to shoulder discomfort.
Like England, the Proteas also have a settled batting unit with the likes of skipper Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, David Miller, and JP Duminy.
Imran Tahir will surely find a spot with Kagiso Rabada, but it will be the all-rounder’s spot which will be debated.
Dane Pretorius, Chris Morris, and Andile Phehlukwayo are the options for that spot.
The Oval pitch has been good for batting in the last few years, but coming to the World Cup; it could provide some assistance to the seamers early on.
The ball could swing a bit when the ball is new, but batting will become easier as the day progresses. The weather is expected to be cloudy in London which could work in favour of the Pacers.
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