South Africa bat, Rabada and Abbott return

Toss South Africa won the toss and chose to bat v England
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Chris Morris was one of two players left out from Bloemfontein © Getty Images

Chris Morris might have been sold for a million dollars at the IPL auction but his fate in Port Elizabeth was less pleasing as South Africa dropped both him and his fellow pace bowler Marchant de Lange for the second ODI in Port Elizabeth.

South Africa’s captain AB de Villiers had been critical of the new-ball attack as England won the opening ODI and although Morris fought back strongly as the game progressed – “Chris did a really good job,” de Villiers admitted at the toss – he was still excluded as South Africa made room for both Kagiso Rabada and Kyle Abbott, the latter back from hamstring trouble.

South Africa won the toss and took first use of a dry pitch which Eoin Morgan, England’s captain, said he expected to turn as the match progressed, but there was the prospect of some swing for England’s pace attack in breezy conditions.

“It’s always a bit funny in PE,” de Villiers said.

England were unchanged after their 39-run win on DLS rain calculations in Bloemfontein. Chris Jordan has had two troubled matches in a row, albeit eight months apart, in which he has bowled 14.3 overs for 153 runs, but England opted to give him more match time.

Morgan suggested that Stuart Broad might appear later in the series. “There is a temptation to select him but there is also a bit of continuity to give people a chance to gain some experience,” he said.

South Africa 1 Hashim Amla, 2 Quinton de Kock (wk), 3 Faf du Plessis, 4 AB de Villiers (capt), 5 JP Duminy, 6 Rilee Rossouw, 7 Farhaan Behardien, 8 Kyle Abbott, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Morne Morkel, 11 Imran Tahir

England 1 Jason Roy, 2 Alex Hales, 3 Joe Root, 4 Eoin Morgan (capt), 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Chris Jordan , 9 Adil Rashid, 10 David Willey, 11 Reece Topley

David Hopps is a general editor at ESPNcricinfo @davidkhopps

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