The former England skipper Kevin Pietersen believes that the test series between England and South Africa is very close to call as both teams are equal according to him especially after South Africa’s loss to India in convincing fashion. KP expressed his view in the blog he writes for The Telegraph
Not that long ago I feared we would lose easily. But now it is too close to call. The two teams mirror each other.
He added that both teams rely on couple of big fishes to get them through in the batting department which is why the rest of the batting lineup is fragile and can easily be curtailed.
South Africa will rely on two big fish in Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers. The rest of the batters have much to prove. But it is the same for England. Their big fish are Cook and Joe Root. Nick Compton is back in the side trying to rebuild a career, Alex Hales is untried in Test cricket and James Taylor has never played in such bouncy, quick conditions.
He stressed on the importance of the bowlers from both sides as one good spell can change the course of the match and both the sides are equally capable of doing in effective manner. He said that the English and Proteas side possessed quality fast bowlers such as the likes of Anderson, Broad, Steyn etc. Although it should be noted that Anderson is out of the first test match with an injury.
It could go either way because one good spell of bowling to that South African top order from Stuart Broad or James Anderson could win a Test in a session. But so could Dale Steyn against England’s fragile line up. It is going to be a tale of the bowlers.