South Africa name unchanged squad for last two Tests against England

Sam Underhill signs three-year Bath contract

Sam Underhill signs three-year Bath contract

Keegan Petersen, who was added as cover ahead of the Newlands Test, misses out.

When South Africa completed a series win against Australia two years ago they had won 15 and lost five of 23 Tests under his leadership.

No more assuring, if you are Proteas-inclined, is that the national team have not won any of the three tussles in post-isolation times, with two draws on record (December 1995 and December 1999) and Michael Vaughan's English side winning the last meeting in 2004/05 by a comfortable margin of seven wickets.

But it has also been a formidable 63 years since South Africa last beat these foes at St George's Park, the sole victory having come under the leadership of Clive van Ryneveld in March 1957.

England will be riding on a wave of confidence after Newlands, but hopes that first choice slow bowler Jack Leach would be rejoining the party have been dashed.

Dom Bess, maybe not the main initial touring team, performed a sufficient job for England, bowling financially but getting only 1 wicket in each innings.

England's tour to South Africa has seen many players getting affected by illness with Rory Burns and James Anderson ruled out with injuries.

With the ground capacity reduced because of building work, local followers found most of the tickets had been snapped up by tour operators, with Cape Town being a particularly attractive destination for England's travelling supporters.

Port Elizabeth has pleasant beaches and is near to game reserves but is not quite in the same league as a drawcard for tourists.

Nevertheless some 5,500 seats were sold ahead of time when it comes to first-day and it's also most likely nearly all of those had been purchased with respect to England followers, with residents typically preferring to make through to the afternoon.

The St George's Park brass band, with their ability to get local supporters singing and swaying in the old main stand, will provide a uniquely South African flavour to the Test match.

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