South Africa vs England first Test LIVE: How to listen to commentary of series opener

South Africa vs England first Test LIVE: How to listen to commentary of series opener

England will begin their tour of South Africa on Boxing Day and talkSPORT 2 will bring you all the action live.

We’ll have England’s clashes with the Proteas exclusively live across the talkSPORT network this winter, with special guest Kevin Pietersen part of our tour team.

Root will look to lead England to victory in South Africa

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Root will look to lead England to victory in South Africa

England will play four Test matches, three ODIs and three Twenty20 internationals against South Africa with the first Test beginning on December 26.

England vs South Africa: How to listen

Every match of the tour will be LIVE on talkSPORT 2 and you can catch exclusive commentary of the first Test by clicking here.

Our coverage begins on Boxing Day at 7am UK time, with the action set to get under way at 8am.

You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.

For more information about how to listen to talkSPORT 2 click here.

England vs South Africa: Squads

England Test squad: Joe Root (capt), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wk), Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Matthew Parkinson, Ollie Pope (wk), Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

South Africa Test squad: F Du Plessis (capt), T Bavuma, Q De Kock (wkt), D Elgar, B Hendricks, K Maharaj, P Malan, A Markram, Z Hamza, A Nortje, D Paterson, A Phehlukwayo, V Philander, D Pretorius, K Rabada, R Second (wkt), R Van Der Dussen.

England vs South Africa: Team news

It is not yet known whether Ben Stokes, who lit up 2019 with his heroic displays in the World Cup and Ashes, will be available to take the field at SuperSport Park.

Stokes’ father Ged is in “a critical condition” in a Johannesburg hospital, with the England all-rounder at his bedside.

The England and Wales Cricket Board announced that the former rugby league player was taken in with a “serious illness” on Monday.

Stokes was due to join his team-mates in a Christmas Eve training session in Centurion, 45 minutes north of Johannesburg, but was instead with his family.

England will allow Stokes whatever freedom he needs ahead of the Test match and will rejig their team as necessary if he is unable to feature.

The selection picture was already cloudy, with uncertainty over Jofra Archer’s fitness following a week-long sickness bug. Sam Curran is the closest to a like-for-like deputy to Stokes, as an authentic all-rounder, but England may also be tempted to recall Jonny Bairstow as a specialist batsman given Stokes’ key role at number five.

And in a further selection worry, England confirmed that Chris Woakes has gone down with an illness and did not train on Christmas Eve.

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England vs South Africa: Tour dates

December26-30 1st Test, Centurion (08:00 GMT)

January

3-7 2nd Test, Cape Town (08:30 GMT)

16-20 3rd Test, Port Elizabeth (08:00 GMT)

24-28 4th Test, Johannesburg (08:00 GMT)

31 v SA Invitation XI, Paarl (08:00 GMT)

February

1 v South Africa A, Paarl (08:00 GMT)

4 1st ODI, Cape Town (d/n) (11:00 GMT)

7 2nd ODI, Durban (d/n) (11:00 GMT)

9 3rd ODI, Johannesburg (08:00 GMT)

12 1st Twenty20 international, East London (d/n) (16:00 GMT)

14 2nd Twenty20 international, Durban (d/n) (16:00 GMT)

16 3rd Twenty20 international, Centurion (12:30 GMT)

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