England wins toss, bats in series-opener vs. South Africa

BY AP • July 6, 2017

LONDON (AP) New England captain Joe Root won the toss and chose to bat first against South Africa in the opening test at Lord's on Thursday.

Root leads an England team that goes into the series-opener with two spinners after Liam Dawson was preferred to seamer Toby Roland-Jones, joining Moeen Ali as slow-bowling options. Keaton Jennings will open the batting with former skipper Alastair Cook, and batsman Gary Ballance is recalled.

South Africa is also under a new captain for the first of four tests as Dean Elgar stands in for regular skipper Faf du Plessis, who misses the Lord's test after the birth of his first child.

South Africa gave a test debut to opening batsman Heino Kuhn and selected Theunis de Bruyn in the middle order over allrounder Chris Morris.



England: Joe Root (captain), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Gary Ballance, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Liam Dawson, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, James Anderson.

South Africa: Dean Elgar (captain), Heino Kuhn, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Temba Bavuma, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock, Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel.

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