The fourth and final Test of the four match series will be played at Old Trafford, Manchester and will commence on August 4.
England, who won both the one-day and Twenty20 international series on this tour, return to Test cricket after a seven-month gap looking to put a difficult winter in Asia behind them back on home soil under new captain Joe Root.
Rot, who was named as Alastair Cook’s replacement as Test captain earlier in the year, has given the feeling that he is the ideal man to take the command, speaking with great authority and knowledge while continuing to show he is one of the best in the business with the bat.
However, the 26-year-old faces a completely different challenge and doubts over his captaincy will remain until he proves his worth out in the middle.
Since making his international debut five years ago in India, Root has demonstrated a persistence and determination that has taken him to the top of the ICC batting rankings.
The core of the England squad -Cook, Root, Stokes, Bairstow, Broad, Anderson is settled and experienced. England have depth in their squad which makes it an extremely strong lineup.
On the other hand, South Africa have named three new caps, including opening batsman inHeinoKukn in the Test squad to play England. Batsman Aiden Markram and all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo are the other new faces, with Stephen Cook and Wayne Parnell dropped from the side that played in New Zealand.
Dane Piedt, who was recalled to the squad in March during the New Zealand Tests, also does not feature, with Keshav Maharaj the only specialist spinner.
Faf du Plessis’sidehave won four Test series in a row, last succumbing to defeat against England at home in 2015, but the Proteas have endured a difficult few months.
A narrow defeat in a three-match ODI series against Eoin Morgan’s side was followed by a semi-final exit in the Champions Trophy – shortly after South Africa were defeated across three Twenty20 matches under AB de Villiers, who has already travelled home after prolonging his break from Test cricket.
Notably, this touring squad is without AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn and will possibly be without captain Faf Du Plessis for the first test too. Furthermore, the drain of resources from the South African game with players leaving under Kolpak registrations is bound to have an impact.
England: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Gary Ballance, Joe Root(c), Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Liam Dawson, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, James Anderson, Toby Roland-Jones
South Africa (From): Faf du Plessis(c), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock, Jean-Paul Duminy, Heino Kuhn, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Duanne Olivier, Andile Phehlukwayo, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Dean Elgar(c)