SA name new Test captain in Faf's absence

SA name new Test captain in Faf's absence

Meanwhile, South Africa have not lost a Test series since England last toured in 2015 and beat them on home soil.

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"After what officials described as a 'difficult birth", du Plessis will remain in South Africa for the foreseeable future and could miss the game at Lords.

Du Plessis returned to South Africa to attend the birth of his first child and will not fly back to England to play at Lord's this week.

The Proteas will be led by Dean Elgar in the first Test, which begins on Thursday, and Richards is confident those coming into the side will be more than ready to stake their claim for a regular place.

Coach Russell Domingo smiled, as did bowling coach Charl Langeveldt, the trio of bowlers too - even Morkel who wore an extreme look of determination throughout training. Besides his superb skill, Philander brings a forthrightness to the squad offering clarity following a few weeks in which there's been little of it for the South African team.

A similar start on Thursday would go down very well with stand-in skipper Dean Elgar. "Every time he gets the ball in hand he seems to want to run in and bowl faster and get wickets", Philander said. Although that leaves South Africa with a fairly inexperienced top order - Heino Kuhn will debut while Theunis de Bruyn has only one Test cap - South Africa still have a fair amount of experience in the ranks, Philander among them.

"We want to win, that is the bottom line", said the South Africa, "We set ourselves certain goals a year ago that we want to achieve in Test match cricket and we are determined to tick those boxes". This match will be skipper Joe Root's first match in charge since replacing Alastair Cook at helm.

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