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Test Series Preview: SA 7/2 to rescue series draw after cliffhanger

Signs of promise for Proteas

England are 4/9 to win the Test series in South Africa after retaining their 1-0 lead with two matches remaining.

The second Test in Cape Town ended in a draw, with England having to survive a nervy final day, but they should still be satisfied with their overall performance after declaring on 629 in their first innings.

Just one more victory would ensure a series victory for the tourists and they are 9/2 to win the two remaining Tests, while South Africa are 7/2 to rescue a drawn series and 5/1 to come from behind for a 2-1 success.

They will have AB de Villiers as captain for the remainder of the series after Hashim Amla announced he was standing down immediately after the second Test, ending an 18-month reign on an eight-match winless streak.

England head coach Trevor Bayliss does not believe the change will have a significant impact, saying: “I don't think it'll have too much of a difference with the South African team. Obviously Amla will still be in the team and he's in form after scoring 200 runs so that may even free his mind up even more. 

“They have an able replacement so there won't be any problems at all I'd have thought. De Villiers is a guy with a lot of experience, has done the job before [in limited-overs cricket] and I just can't see too much of a problem.”

Amla is now the 5/4 favourite to end the series as South Africa’s top run-scorer, ahead of De Villiers at 9/4, with the former having scored 46 more runs so far.

Double-centurion Ben Stokes leads the way for England with 310 runs and is 7/5 to top the standings for the visitors, with Jonny Bairstow 10 runs behind him and available at 7/4.

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