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The Preview by Jenny Roesler
August 25, 2008
Match factsTuesday August 26, 2008
Big PictureEngland made a useful start to the one-dayers with a win after losing the Test series to South Africa, who had started favourites to take the one-dayers, too. Kevin Pietersen, who has collected two Man-of-the-Match awards in his two matches as full-time captain, is now looking forward to the return of the man he replaced as leader of the one-day side, as Paul Collingwood comes back after his four-match ban for Tuesday's day-nighter at Trent Bridge. Pietersen already has Collingwood's backing: "He's had a fantastic start. He's gone out there wanting the captaincy and already he's making really good decisions. Hopefully he will go from strength to strength, he's learning all the time." Meanwhile, South Africa will be keen to level the series and are hoping - however unlikely - that the Morkel brothers will be fit to return.
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Paul Collingwood Much has happened since Collingwood was suspended during the New Zealand series for a slow over-rate. In that time he has ceded the leadership to Pietersen, who has taken charge of the Test, one-day and Twenty20 sides. Collingwood, like fellow squad members Alastair Cook and Ravi Bopara, was sent back to his county on Sunday for some extra practice ahead of the game and he warmed up well with 2 for 26 and an unbeaten 65 for Durham.
Morne Morkel If he passes his fitness test, Morkel will be keen to make an impression in what would be his first ODI since March against Bangladesh. It would also only be the 11th of his career but he has already collected 20 wickets.
Ryan Sidebottom will miss the rest of England's one-day series against South Africa because of groin trouble. Injury problems had already kept Sidebottom out of the last two Tests and the first of the five ODIs at Headingley on Friday. He has suffered a combination of hip and groin issues since the drawn first Test against South Africa in early July.
England are unlikely to call up anyone else, with Steve Harmison having already agreed to make his ODI return and Tim Bresnan also included as cover with Chris Tremlett having a heel problem. Bresnan will play for Yorkshire in their Pro40 match against Kent at Scarborough on Monday but will rejoin his team-mates ahead of Tuesday's game at Trent Bridge. He appeared in the first ODI on Friday as a substitute, taking a catch to dismiss Johan Botha.
England (possible) 1 Ian Bell, 2 Matt Prior (wk), 3 Owais Shah, 4 Kevin Pietersen (capt), 5 Andrew Flintoff, 6 Paul Collingwood, 7 Ravi Bopara, 8 Samit Patel, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 James Anderson, 11 Steve Harmison.
After losing the opener, South Africa are keen for Morne and Albie Morkel to return from injury, with Morne the likelier to play on Tuesday but far from a certainty with his side strain. He bowled six overs in the nets on Sunday, while Albie batted and fielded in drills but is still struggling with a problem with his right shoulder. Both will be assessed in practice on Monday.
South Africa (possible) 1 Herschelle Gibbs, 2 Graeme Smith (capt), 3 Jacques Kallis, 4 AB de Villiers, 5 Jean-Paul Duminy, 6 Mark Boucher (wk), 7 Johan Botha, 8 Vernon Philander, 9 Andre Nel, 10 Dale Steyn, 11 Makhaya Ntini.
Umpires: Mark Benson, Simon Taufel
Pitch and conditionsThis match will be the last international at Trent Bridge before the surface is relaid in September to allow for new drainage. There is an early chance of showers in the morning at Trent Bridge but the day should be set fair by the time the teams take to the pitch.
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Quotes"The team definitely strengthens with Colly coming back in. He will bat at six, bowl his medium pace and field at backward point, and he has 150 games of one-day international experience. So to have him back with the ability he has got, and that kind of experience, is an extra boost."
"He was only operating at about 50 per cent of his capacity, so we will have to step him up quite a bit if he is to make Tuesday's second match."
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