England vice-captain Stokes' father in critical condition

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FM: Like their batting, South Africa's bowling is heavily reliant on a few big names and unsure about where the rest stand.

6- No of Test matches England have won on the road since the start of 2016. The Board has been decimated and a new CEO installed, sponsors have withdrawn, journalists were banned from domestic games - a stance quickly overturned - and the team's entire management structure has been overhauled with a host of former players being given roles. "I have never encountered a South African team that does not play with pride and passion".

The tourists have had their own challenges.

Chris Woakes is a potential doubt for England's first Check out in opposition to South Africa after turning into the latest member of the squad to contract a virus.

Ged Stokes was hospitalised on Monday in Johannesburg with a serious illness and is in a critical condition, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said.

"All I want to do is stress the importance of respecting the privacy of Ben and his family", Root said. Sam Curran is the closest to a like-for-like deputy to Stokes, as an authentic all-rounder, but England may also be tempted to recall Jonny Bairstow as a specialist batsman given Stokes' key role at number five.

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"South Africa has a very good track record here and often wins with seam".

Philander is all set to retire from worldwide cricket after the upcoming Test series against England starting December 26.

England fast bowler James Anderson admitted on Thursday that he was "not up to match speed yet", just a week away from the first Test against South Africa. South Africa were humiliated during their previous series as they lost 3-0 away from home against India. They had a mediocre World Cup too. Without the injured Temba Bavuma for the opening match, the middle order looks particularly vulnerable.

But captain Faf du Plessis will take charge of a relatively inexperienced team after a series of recent retirements from the test arena, including Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn. Cricket South Africa's chief medical officer Shuaib Manjra; however, confirmed that Bvuma would remain with the squad, to begin with his rehabilitation programme and hope to resume playing within seven to ten days. And that could make this an interesting few weeks indeed.

'It will be a really proud moment because not many people have played 150 Tests for their country, ' said Anderson. "We'll see, but they've all played enough cricket and hopefully they can come back strong over the next couple of days".

Chris Woakes also remains sidelined with illness, while Jack Leach has suffered a recurrence of the problem and was also unable to train on Christmas Day.

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