- Match: South Africa vs England, 4th Test, England tour of South Africa, 2019-20
- Date: Friday, January 24, 2020 – Tuesday, January 28, 2020
- Time: 08:00 AM GMT
- Venue: The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
After slipping in the 1st Test of the series, England have staged a tremendous fight back and won the next two Tests. After winning the second match by 189 runs, England were even more dominating in the 3rd Test and handed the Proteas a humiliating innings and 53 runs defeat. They now lead the 4-match series 2-1 and would be confident of sealing things in the last match at Johannesburg.
England Match form
England yet again produced a complete team performance to win the 3rd Test of the series. They were without their lead bowler, James Anderson. But that didn’t matter as England found many heroes to come forward in the game. Ben Stokes showed why he is the best all-rounder once again with a spectacular hundred and some crucial wickets. Ollie Pope established himself as the team’s future No.5 with a magnificent maiden century.
Stuart Broad did the job of the lead bowler quite nicely and was ably supported by Dominic Bess who took 5 wickets in the 1st innings along with Mark Wood who took 3 in the 2nd innings. Even skipper Joe Root, who couldn’t do much with the bat, ending up snaring 4 crucial wickets in the final innings with his off-spin that led to South Africa’s downfall.
With both their batting and bowling units looking settled and in form, England will be hard to stop in the final Test.
South Africa form
The problems seem to have increased for South Africa. Their batting was shambolic in the 3rd Test and barring Quinton de Kock’s 63 in the 1st innings and Keshav Maharaj’s 71 in the final innings, none of the batsmen could make an impact. Captain Faf du Plessis is really going through a rough patch which is hurting the team. The likes of Dean Elgar, Pieter Malan and Rassie van der Dussen would need to really put up something special if the Proteas hope to salvage a draw in the series.
South Africa’s bowling has been disappointing as well with Vernon Philander going wicket-less. Kagiso Rabada was quite good but now that he has been suspended for the next Test (due to his overenthusiastic wicket celebration), South Africa have been severely crippled. Only spinner Keshav Maharaj toiled hard to take 5 wickets but he wasn’t threatening enough.
South Africa vs England 4th Test Cricket Betting Tips
The iconic Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg will be host to the 4th and final Test between South Africa and England. This is a really good Test surface that is superb for batting initially and also offers help to the seamers in the last two days. It is a high-scoring ground and totals of 500-plus have been achieved on 5 occasions here with 652-7 by Australia against South Africa in 2002 being the highest.
If the team batting first can post a total in excess of 400 runs then it might turn out to be a match-winning one as the average 4th innings total at Wanderers is only 209.
South Africa has slipped badly and the loss in the last Test would have deflated them. Sans Rabada, they will struggle to stop the opposition despite having the home advantage. England have the confidence now and are playing like a cohesive unit. Expect England to win the 4th Test and with it the series.