South Africa's flop on their spin-dominated Test tour of India has barely dented the confidence of cricket's leading bookmaker that they will be more than a match for England on their own pitches.
South Africa are 4/7 with bet365.com to win the three-Test series, with England 3/1 and a draw a tempting 9/2 - an indication that a drawn Test is regarded as unlikely.
AB de Villiers' decision to keep wicket to help balance his side has not dislodged him from the favourite's position to be South Africa's leading runmaker. He is 11/4 with bet365.com.
One of the most intriguing aspects of the series will be the form of Kagiso Rabada. He has taken only two wickets in his three Tests on the unhelpful surfaces in India, but he has cranked it up towards 150kph at his fastest and there have been enough searing spells in ODIs to suggest England might find him a handful. He is 7/2 third favourite to be South Africa's leading wicket-taker.