Faf du Plessis loses toss yet again‚ Beuran Hendricks handed Test debut at Wanderers

Faf du Plessis of South Africa and Joe Root of England makes coin toss during the International Test Series 2019/20 match between South Africa and England at Imperial Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg on 24 January 2020.
Faf du Plessis of South Africa and Joe Root of England makes coin toss during the International Test Series 2019/20 match between South Africa and England at Imperial Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg on 24 January 2020.
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England have won the toss and elected to bat on the first day of the fourth Test against South Africa at the Wanderers on Friday afternoon.

It was the seventh toss that South Africa captain Faf du Plessis had lost in a row which further lengthens the odds on his team leveling the series.

South Africa go into the final Test 2-1 down in the series.

The toss was delayed after rain put paid to the morning session but play is set to get underway at 13.20.

In conditions that you’d expect at Headingley‚ the toss may yet prove crucial and Du Plessis will be well aware that the team that has won the toss on the last 12 occasions at this ground in Test cricket has opted to bat.

The bat/bowl decision was considered 50/50 on a surface that should have bounce and initial lateral movement‚ but one that is likely to hold peril for whoever bats last.

The cracks are likely to open wider on day three which could make batting treacherous‚ particularly on the final day.

South Africa have included Temba Bavuma‚ Dwaine Pretorius and debutant Beuran Hendricks to their starting team.

England have opted not to include quick Jofra Archer in their line-up instead preferring Chris Woakes.

South Africa – Pieter Malan‚ Dean Elgar‚ Rassie van der Dussen‚ Faf du Plessis‚ Quinton de Kock‚ Temba Bavuma‚ Dwaine Pretorius‚ Vernon Philander‚ Anrich Nortje‚ Dane Paterson‚ Beuran Hendricks. England – Zak Crawley‚ Dom Sibley‚ Joe Denly‚ Joe Root (captain)‚ Ben Stokes‚ Ollie Pope‚ Jos Buttler‚ Sam Curran‚ Chris Woakes‚ Mark Wood‚ Stuart Broad.

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