South Africa have various selection dilemmas for fourth England test

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South Africa are currently facing serious challenges after enjoying success in Test Cricket for the past decade.

After winning one test in 2015, The Proteas now find themselves in one of their most testing periods for the last 15 years. Two senior bowlers in Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander are injured and the top order of the batting are struggling to score runs.

After losing the third test and surrendering the series to England over the weekend, the hosts now find themselves needing to win the last test match at Supersport Park to regain some confidence heading into the ODI series.


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Changes in the starting 11 are expected with Faf du Plessis and Stiaan van Zyl likely to be dropped and replaced by JP Duminy and Stephen Cook.

Cook could partner Dean Elgar at the top of the order, with Duminy filling in the number six spot.

However, one has to feel for van Zyl who has performed poorly as an opener even though it is not his natural batting position.

Another aspect currently under the microscope regards whether the selectors will stick with the four-man pace attack which struggled in the third test. They could be tempted to drop one seamer and replace him with a natural spinner in the form of Dane Piedt.

Should they go for a four pacemen attack, it is likely that Hardus Viljoen will be dropped and replaced by Kyle Abbot who carried the drinks at the Bullring. Abbot will provide the Proteas with greater variety as he is more of a swing bowler that pitches the ball up to the batsmen.

Another headache for the selectors is the wicketkeeper position. If Quinton de Kock is fit, it would be interesting to see if the selectors continue with Dane Villas who was superb with the gloves but disappointed with the bat.

With Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander still out, Morne Morkel will continue leading the pacemen attack of Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris plus Viljoen or Abbot should they go for a pace attack.

Another possibility could involve Duminy being selected ahead of Stiaan and going with just four strike bowlers - forcing Duminy and Elgar to cover the spin option. Whoever gets selected, South Africa must bounce back to restore some pride before the ODIs.

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