England head into the fourth and final test against South Africa having already sealed a series win and looking to finish on a high and complete a 3-0 win. England have dominated a series that many thought would be a difficult one despite South Africa’s drubbing at the hands of India.
England will have to make at least one change for this match, with the news that Steven Finn has been ruled out with a side strain. The Middlesex paceman will also miss the one-day games that follow the test series.
Three men are in the frame to replace Finn in England’s line-up. They are Chris Woakes, who played in place of James Anderson in the first test, Chris Jordan or Mark Footitt. If Footitt plays he will be making his International debut.
South Africa came into this series as the number one ranked team in the world. Whatever the result in the fourth test, which begins on Friday at 8:30am UK time they will lose their position at the top of the rankings. A win for South Africa would see them drop just one place to second, a draw would move them down to third. Whilst another defeat would see them drop to fourth just one place above England.
South Africa are set to make a change a top of their batting order with Stiaan Van Zyl being dropped in favour of uncapped opener Steven Cook. Cook has impressed recently for Highveld lions with two centuries in his last three matches. Cook has already faced England on the tour when he made an unbeaten half-century for South Africa A in a warm-up game for the tourists.
Paceman Dale Steyn has been included in the South African squad for this game but is still believed to be struggling with the shoulder injury that has kept him out of the last two games. While wicketkeeper Quinton De Kock is expected to return for South Africa after he missed the last match with a knee injury sustained while walking his dog.