England aim to dethrone test kings South Africa

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Record wicket taker James Anderson is ruled out of first test with injury but expected to return for second test.

England aim to dethrone test kings South Africa

SHOWS: DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA (DECEMBER 24, 2015)(SABC-NO ACCESS SOUTH AFRICA)

1. (SOUNDBITE)(English) ENGLAND BOWLER STUART BROAD, SPEAKING ABOUT JAMES ANDERSON MISSING THE TEST, SAYING;

“It’s disappointing when you lose the spearhead of your attack but I think, rather than it being like a series ruled out, test match ruled out series type of thing, I think it’s just a really slight niggle and the management decided that it really wasn’t worth the risk in the first test match of the series. We do know it’s a four test match series and we want him to play a part in this and we have got such depth in the squad, there is not the need to take such a risk on him”.

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3. (SOUNDBITE)(English) ENGLAND BOWLER STUART BROAD SAYING:

“I think there was always that hope when Finn was not named in the squad originally that he will be able to prove his fitness levels and he seems to have done that really nicely I mean these sort of wickets are where you want to see Steven Finn bowl, good bounce, a bit of seam and he showed that last week against South Africa A.”

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA (DECEMBER 22, 2015)(ENCA-NO ACCESS SOUTH AFRICA)

4. (SOUNDBITE)(English) SOUTH AFRICA COACH RUSSELL DOMINGO SAYING;

“Although we are more used to the conditions, we know it’s still going to be tough. The England bowling line up is a good line up and they will pose a threat to us but look it’s obviously a much more comfortable space for us being back home we are used to the environment, we are used to the conditions, we are used to the wickets, so pleased to be back on home soil.”

STORY: England and South Africa are preparing for their first cricket test match in Durban on Saturday (December 26), with England’s record wicket taker James Anderson absent.

On Thursday (December 24) England bowler Stuart Broad, wearing a festive hat, told reporters that his team’s depth meant Anderson’s presence was not crucial, as managers decided to rest Anderson, who suffered a calf strain, for later in the series.

“It’s disappointing when you lose the spearhead of your attack but I think, rather than it being like a series ruled out, test match ruled out series type of thing, I think it’s just a really slight niggle and the management decided that it really wasn’t worth the risk in the first test match of the series,” said Broad. “We do know it’s a four test match series and we want him to play a part in this and we have got such depth in the squad, there is not the need to take such a risk on him.”

Scans on Anderson’s right calf on Tuesday confirmed he will miss the series opener but he is hoping to be fit for the second test in Cape Town on Jan 2.

Steven Finn is one of those in the running to be named for the test, having taken six wickets in the win over South Africa A team in the last of the squad’s warm-up matches.

He had been forced to pull out of England’s test series against Pakistan in October after suffering a bone-stress injury in his left foot.

He was a late addition to the squad in South Africa after impressing for England Lions in two comeback appearances against Pakistan A in Dubai earlier this month.

“I think there was always that hope when Finn was not named in the squad originally that he will be able to prove his fitness levels and he seems to have done that really nicely,” said Broad. “I mean these sort of wickets are where you want to see Steven Finn bowl, good bounce, a bit of seam and he showed that last week against South Africa A.”

South Africa’s coach Russell Domingo said his team would have the home advantage but knew England were going to be hard to beat.

“Although we are more used to the conditions, we know it’s still going to be tough,” Domingo said. “The England bowling line up is a good line up and they will pose a threat to us but look, it’s obviously a much more comfortable space for us being back home we are used to the environment, we are used to the conditions, we are used to the wickets, so pleased to be back on home soil.”

Dec 26-30 First test Kingsmead, Durban

Jan 2-6 Second test Newlands, Cape Town

Jan 14-18 Third test Wanderers, Johannesburg

Jan 22-26 Fourth test Centurion, Pretoria

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