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Sir Ian Botham says England is the team to beat

Sir Ian Botham spoke yesterday following a great first innings from England on day 4 of England’s second test match against South Africa. The legendary cricket master believed that England stood in fantastic stead against their rivals.

Has Sir Ian Botham spoken too soon?

Sir Ian Botham insisted that, following England’s fantastic score of 629-6 declared in their first innings proved that the away side were on form and at the top of their game. His opinion was voiced despite the fact that South Africa almost equalled England’s start.

Yesterday Sir Ian Botham said:

“England are still favourites in my book, You’d think South Africa are mentally back in this series but if you can’t score runs on this deck you will be disappointed. England could have slipped into auto pilot and let it drift but they didn’t and bowled with discipline, and now all the bowlers have had a work out.”

He went on to add:

“South Africa will try to give England a bloody nose on day five but I think England will bat long if they get through the first 10 overs.”

Contrary to his words England are not quite matching up to their first innings and are only currently leading by 159 runs. They are battling through with a score of 157-6 a massive difference from their previous performance. And South Africa seem to be taking full advantage of how tired the guests are on day five with some superb bowling limiting England’s runs.

There is still time, but most fans would question whether or not Sir Ian Botham has been too optimistic or has he spoken too soon? Only time will tell!

Author Lisa Wood
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