“We want to wrap it up in the next game, put this series to bed and hopefully go for a 5-0.”
Which country has the momentum going into the Third Test?
Hashim Amla made the shock decision to resign as South Africa Test captain following the drawn second Test with England in Cape Town on Wednesday, citing his belief that he will be of greater value to the world’s No1 side as a senior player.
Ben Stokes admitted he will probably never bat like that again in his life after the England all-rounder’s astonishing 258 lit up a historic, record-breaking day of Test cricket in Cape Town.
Alastair Cook goes into the Boxing Day Test against South Africa wary of the wounded animal that is the world’s No1 side; England, he claims, remain underdogs for the series and will relish the licence that gives them to throw a few punches.
Alastair Cook is 31 on Christmas Day and, while his double dose of festivities will be tempered by the tedium of a training session and a press conference before the first Test with South Africa in Durban, the England captain will at least be free of any anxiety over his own form and that of his fellow batsmen.
Alastair Cook touches down in South Africa on Friday with the sense his England side have a good chance to overturn the world’s No1 Test team in their own backyard despite leaving one of their most experienced batsman back at home.