The Standard Bank Proteas will need to draw on their experiences in previous difficult situations to bounce back in the second Test against England starting at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Friday. Captain, Faf du Plessis, says the match will be a ‘ big character test’ given some of the off and on-field challenges the squad has faced this week.
Du Plessis’ return after missing the first Test adds invaluable experience and temperament to the batting line-up to go with his presence and intensity as the leader of the pack. One of his strengths as captain has been his ability to lead from the front, a characteristic that has shone through during challenging periods he has faced throughout his tenure. The captain’s return means the Proteas are certain to make three changes for the match; with Duanne Olivier replacing the suspended Kagiso Rabada, and JP Duminy making way for either the extra batsman or seamer. Olivier made an impressive debut against Sri Lanka last year, taking match figures of five for 57 in the innings and 118-run win at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium.

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