England won the toss and chose to bowl first against South Africa
Eoin Morgan won the toss and chose to bowl first on a damp day in Durban, as the second ODI prepared to get underway after an hour-and-three-quarter’s delay.
Heavy overnight rain had left the game in some doubt, with the teams delaying their arrival at the ground. But the conditions cleared up rapidly as the morning progressed, and once a 45-overs match had been confirmed, Morgan had no hesitation in bowling first on a surface that could prove to be a bit tacky after sweating under the covers for most of the morning.
South Africa named one change to the side that won handsomely in Tuesday’s first ODI at Cape Town, with the left-arm spinner Bjorn Fortuin coming into the side to make his 50-over debut in place of the paceman Lungi Ngidi, who is being eased back into action following his lengthy injury lay-off.
England have opted for an unchanged team, with Moeen Ali once again overlooked as England give another opportunity to the legspinner Matt Parkinson, who endured a tricky ODI debut at Cape Town but is regarded as a player worth investing in.
The onus is on Morgan’s men, the reigning 50-over champions, to bounce back strongly from their seven-wicket defeat at Newlands, where a batting collapse of six wickets for 80 runs derailed their hopes of a competitive total, in spite of a doughty 87 from Joe Denly.
South Africa: 1 Quinton de Kock (wk, capt), 2 Reeza Hendricks, 3 Temba Bavuma, 4 Jon-Jon Smuts, 5 Rassie van der Dussen, 6 David Miller, 7 Andile Phehlukwayo, 8 Beuran Hendricks, 9 Lutho Sipamla, 10 Tabraiz Shamsi, 11 Bjorn Fortuin
England: 1 Jason Roy, 2 Jonny Bairstow (wk), 3 Joe Root, 4 Eoin Morgan, 5 Joe Denly, 6 Tom Banton, 7 Sam Curran, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Tom Curran, 10 Chris Jordan, 11 Matt Parkinson