England face a tough challenge as they welcome South Africa to the first Test at Lord’s on Wednesday.
The Proteas have a seemingly endless supply of fast bowling talent, which will provide Ben Stokes and co with various challenges as the action gets underway.
Sports post takes a look at the fast and furious quartet of fast bowlers – and one spin king – that Dean Elgar can turn to.
Dean Elgar from South Africa has some fast bowlers he can go to in England this summer
Height: 6ft 3in
top speed: 94mph
52 tests, 243 wkts at 22.41
Debuting internationally at just 19 and the No. 1 ranked bowler at 22, Rabada is now a 27-year veteran of 52 Tests and the owner of 243 wickets at just 22.41.
Much is said about Rabada’s athleticism and stamina and not enough about his wide range of skills. Few fast bowlers are as adept at the hard, new ball as swinging an old one back.
Every captain needs a bummer and Rabada will be the man Dean Elgar turns to when he needs a broken partnership. Like many fast bowlers, he is as relaxed off the field as he is passionate about it.
The Aussies considered him a “hothead” and provoked him into a physical altercation and suspension. But in the end, they still had to sand the ball to gain an advantage.
Kagiso Rabada Will Be The Man Dean Elgar Turns To When He Needs A Broken Partnership
Height: 6ft 1in
Top speed: 97mph
12 tests, 47 weeks at 28.10
The man from the industrial town of Uitenhage, 30 miles outside Port Elizabeth, is comfortably the fastest of the tourists. He is proud of his heritage and background, and despite the money he has made from the IPL, he still has a much higher appreciation for Test cricket than any of the shorter formats.
When Proteas bowling coach Charl Langeveldt described him as a ‘real Dutchman’, the PC police were on high alert, but the players all knew it was a compliment, and Nortje took it as such.
It meant he was selfless, never outspoken, willing to bowl all day and as hard as steel on the outside, but with a soft heart. Likes to bowl with short pitches, but beware if you think he’s a one-trick pony.
Anrich Nortje is comfortably the fastest option within the South African quartet of fast bowlers
Height: 6ft 8in
Top speed: 90mph
5 tests, 28 weeks at 20.35
Just as head coach Mark Boucher’s predecessor, Ottis Gibson, accelerated Lungi Ngidi on the test team, Boucher did the same with left-armer Jansen.
He paid him back by 19 wickets in a come-from-behind 2-1 series win over India eight months ago. With a length of 1.8 m and speeds of 90 km/h, it’s no wonder that the extra spring force it generates causes problems even on flat surfaces.
In the past year he has become comfortable bowling around the wicket and has added cutters to his game.
But beyond his physical qualities and batting skills (he started out as a batsman of the highest order) it was his growling competitiveness that convinced Boucher he would swim if thrown into the deep end of Test cricket. And he has. so far.
Marco Jansen is now more comfortable bowling around the wicket and has added cutters
Height: 6ft 4in
top speed: 90mph
13 tests, 47 weeks at 20.65
The powerful Durban pacemaker made his test debut in January 2018 and was man of the match 6-39 in the second innings against India to seal a series win with a game left.
But due to injuries and fitness issues, the 26-year-old has only played a dozen Tests since then.
He admitted, “I’m a big boy, so it’s not always easy to control the weight.”
Still, he always looks good, even if he now sees his role as ‘taking control’ rather than bowling at top speed – allowing Rabada, Nortje and Jansen to strike on the other side.
A scholarship to one of the country’s most exclusive private schools is set against the humblest of backgrounds for it.
Injuries and fitness issues have reduced the number of test matches for Lungi Ngidi. limited
And the spinner who keeps Simon Harmer from Essex out of the team
Tried, tested and trusted, the leftarmer has 150 wickets in 42 tests and is the long-established No. 1.
Like many left-armers, however, he relies heavily on rhythm and has been known to spend many hours bowling in the nets or center to chase it down when it fails him.
He clearly seemed to fall short in the game against the Lions at Canterbury, where his 22 innocent overs gave him an eye-watering return of 1-169.
Keshav Maharaj’s 22 overs against the Lions brought him a stunning 1-169 . return