England’s Dawid Malan among five uncapped players for South Africa ODIs

• Joe Root and Ben Stokes given a break; Middlesex’s Malan among new faces
• Malan aims to put pressure on established players to gain regular place

Somewhat after the Lord Mayor’s show that was Pakistan’s bewildering victory against India in the Champions Trophy final comes a Twenty20 series between England and South Africa starting at Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl on Wednesday. It is a chance for Eoin Morgan’s beaten semi-finalists to get back in the international saddle.

Not all of them, of course. With the Test series against the Proteas next month taking precedence over this short, sharp and slightly contextless three-match encounter, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Jake Ball and Adil Rashid have been given a full breather. Mark Wood and Jonny Bairstow will also duck out after one and two games respectively, joining the rest in tuning up for Test duty in the pink-ball county round that starts next week.

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