England aiming for series victory
England go into their second Twenty20 international against South Africa on Sunday afternoon full of confidence after Friday nights 1 run victory at the Wanderers.
England played with a new found confidence unseen before which saw them score their highest ever Twenty20 total. Their score of 202 included a partnership of 98 between captain Paul Collingwood and Eoin Morgan.
With the current Duckworth / Lewis method, ineffective over just 20 overs for setting a target, making the final result seem closer then it was England will know they were in control of the game when the rain started to fall.
Sunday afternoons game at Centurion is the final chance England, and hosts, South Africa, will get to play a competitive Twenty20 international before next years Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies.
With a large squad of players who already have Twenty20 international experience South Africa won't face much of a selection headache when it comes to picking their first eleven for the West Indies.
This is a luxury England don't have yet with question marks over a number of players who have yet to show they can make the step up from county cricket and become a regular in the England line up.
Joe Denly is a classic example of England's selection problems. The opener has played over 40 times in the Twenty20 Cup for Kent and has an average of over 24. He is one of England's best hopes for the future but he has struggled in the two Twenty20 internationals he has played.
Denly was dismissed first ball by Brett Lee at Old Trafford in the summer and then on Friday night Charl Langeveldt trapped him LBW with the very first ball of the game.
Another failure for Denly on Sunday could cause major problems for England with no opportunity to maker any changes until the first warm up game in the Caribbean at the end of April 2010.
Critics complain about the greed of cricketing boards around the world who play to much Twenty20 cricket but how are England supposed to prepare for a major World Cup when they won't play another Twenty20 game for over 5 months.
England go into the game with fitness concerns over Paul Collingwood (back), James Anderson (knee) and Graeme Swann (back). The trio all skipped training on Saturday as a precaution and will face fitness tests on Sunday morning.
With Kevin Pietersen and Stuart Broad unavailable until the one day series England only have Graham Onions and Adil Rashid in the squad who could play if Collingwood, Anderson or Swann miss out through injury.
The Proteas are expected to make a couple of changes to their line up with Jacques Kallis coming back in at number three. Kallis was rested during the first game at the Wanderers and will take the place of AB de Villiers while wicket keeper Heino Kuhn is in line for his Twenty20 international debut behind the stumps in place of Mark Boucher.
South Africa (from): G Smith (capt), Y Abdulla, L Bosman, J Botha, M Boucher (wkt), AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, J Kallis, H Kuhn (wkt), C Langeveldt, R McLaren, A Morkel, D Steyn, R van der Merwe.
England (from): P Collingwood (capt), J Denly, A Cook, J Trott, E Morgan, M Prior (wkt), L Wright, T Bresnan, A Rashid, G Swann, S Mahmood, G Onions, J Anderson.