They have hosted India and New Zealand so far but are yet to win a T20I series under new coach Henrik Malan, who will be familiar with South Africa. Malan played some provincial cricket before relocating to New Zealand, where he coached for almost a decade and then moved to Ireland and while his team pushed their opponents to their limits, victory has still been elusive.
Ireland LLLLL (last five completed matches, most recent first match)
South Africa WWLLL
Ireland (possible): 1 Paul Stirling, 2 Andy Balbirnie (c), 3 Lorcan Tucker, 4 Harry Tector, 5 Gareth Delany, 6 George Dockrell, 7 Curtis Camper, 8 Mark Adair, 9 Barry McCarthy, 10 Graham Hume, 11 Josh Little
South Africa (possible): 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Reeza Hendrix, 3 Riley Rossouw, 4 Aiden Markram, 5 Tristan Stubbs, 6 David Miller (c), 7 Andile Phehlukwayo, 8 Keshav Maharaj, 9 Enrique Nortje/Marco Jensen, 10 Lungi Ngidi, 11 Tabrez Shamsi
With short straight boundaries, and fairly small squares, Bristol is a ground where bowlers and spinners are particularly under pressure. England posted their second-highest T20I score last week and scored over 400 runs in their match against South Africa. Tabrez Shamsi and Moeen Ali were the specialist bowlers who conceded most of the runs and it will be interesting to see how Shamsi, who finished the England series as the leading wicket-taker, comes back to this position. For the big-hitters, this is a place to show off their power and the likes of Tristan Stubbs and Paul Sterling will be looking to make big statements. There has been some drizzle on Wednesday morning but it is expected to remain dry for both the matches.
“We’ve shown that when we stand up for these teams, we’re able to jolt with them, and that’s what it feels like within the group. There’s the belief that we can beat these big teams, don’t we? That we get nervous about whichever team we play for. We go out there and want to win, we hope to win, and I think it’s been a little disappointing this summer because we’ve been so close at times We have arrived. The flip side of this is that we know we are not that far away, and we know we have better cricket in us too, which is so exciting.”
of ireland Harry Tector
“It will definitely be a new, exciting challenge for us. We played them in Ireland recently and we saw what they can do. They are improving series by series, we have seen them against India, And they are a team that you can do.” accept it.”
of south african Aiden Markram