Proteas in England
England v Proteas now a 'T9'
Manchester - The second T20 international between England and South Africa has been reduced to nine overs per side after rain halted play for several hours.Live scorecard
World Twenty20 champions England made one change from the side that suffered a seven-wicket loss in the first Twenty20 at Chester-le-Street on Saturday to fall 1-0 behind in this three-match series.
Ravi Bopara, who has struggled for runs since returning to England duty following unspecified personal problems, wss dropped after scores of 16, nought, six, nought and six in his last five international innings.
He was replaced by Luke Wright, with the Sussex all-rounder taking the No 3 spot left vacant by the ongoing international exile of Kevin Pietersen
South Africa made two changes.
They dropped Faf du Plessis and recalled in-form batsman Hashim Amla
, who in the preceding Test and one-day series managed a huge combined tally of 817 runs at an average of 116.71.
They also left out left-arm seamer Lonwabo Tsotsobe
, whose two overs at Chester-le-Street cost an expensive 22 runs, and brought back tall fast bowler Morné Morkel
This series is acting as a 'warm-up' for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka later this month where England will defend the title they won in the Caribbean two years ago.Teams:England:
Craig Kieswetter (wicketkeeper), Alex Hales, Luke Wright, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Jonathan Bairstow, Samit Patel, Stuart Broad (captain), Graeme Swann, Steven Finn, Jade DernbachSouth Africa:
Richard Levi, Jacques Kallis
, Hashim Amla
, AB de Villiers (capt/wicketkeeper), JP Duminy
, Justin Ontong, Albie Morkel
, Johan Botha, Robin Peterson
, Dale Steyn
, Morné Morkel
Umpires: Richard Illingworth (ENG) and Rob Bailey (ENG)
TV umpire: Tim Robinson (ENG)
Match referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)