It needs one of the few British archers who do not have the
flu and the disease swept through a camp in South Africa to make sure they
stand on their feet at the start of the First Test can easily see if they have
Sam Curran will no longer be an automatic choice for this
challenging Boxing Day contest if the UK does not tolerate the accumulation of
this series of games due to medical news dominated instead of progress in the
two start-up matches.
And it took his two direct rivals for the English-final place in Chris Woakes and Jack Leach to be quarantined on Christmas day to make sure Curran would take the place in a seam attack on five others.
And how did England need Curran to rescue them after letting South Africa escape the hook when they allowed them to recover from a depth of 111 during the year, Quinton de Kock launched a limited counterattack.
James Anderson marked his 150th test by firing Dean Elgar at
Especially, when England were reduced to four suitable
professional players when Ben Stokes, fortunate to be able to play after
improving the condition of trapped father Ged, became the latest to succumb to
illness and spend most of the time on the pitch
England could not have had a better start for this important
series of matches with the grass banks at this wonderful SuperSport park packed
on rafts and the stage set for what promises to be four Domination Tests.
South Africa then increased to 245 in six hours before Curran finally seduced De Kock to pass to Buttler to claim his fourth wick in a time that could become a key moment of the Test if England can only show solidness on Friday.
So this is a challenging day for England, not just the
pitchers who didn’t get angry on this tour before Thursday after becoming the
first victim of seemingly flu symptoms follow them from New Zealand.
It was not the beginning of South Africa, under a new
training regime after an administrative crisis, looking for a British team that
has been fighting an influenza bug in their camp since it’s been almost two