Injuries seem to be dominating England’s build up to the opening (international) fixture on this tour, already without Stuart Broad and Kevin Pietersen, England have had doubts over Alastair Cook, James Anderson and Graham Onions in the week long build up to this game.
There was even talk of Andrew Strauss taking part in this game should Alastair Cook not make it.
For South Africa they are resting Jacques Kallis, but apart from that they have a full strength squad to pick from.
With England’s disjointed build up I wouldn’t be backing them at 2/1. Also South Africa are no bankers but they would be expecting to start the series with a win, 4/9 looks a good price but with their form in one day cricket lately I think I would just watch this one, keeping my cash in my pocket.