England wins toss, bats in 1st ODI vs. South Africa

BY foxsports • February 3, 2016

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa (AP) England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and chose to bat first in the opening one-day international against South Africa on Wednesday.

Batsman Jason Roy was passed fit to play and open the batting for England after a back problem in the buildup to the series opener. Stars of England's recent test series win Joe Root and Ben Stokes will bolster England's batting.

England also picked allrounder Chris Jordan and seamers Reece Topley and David Willey, and has two spinner options in Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid.

South Africa gave opportunities to seamers Chris Morris and Marchant de Lange after injury problems among its fast bowlers.

Dale Steyn and Kyle Abbott are injured while Kagiso Rabada was rested after a big workload in the test series.