Moeen Ali was the man of the match in the first Test for his seven wickets in the match © Getty Images
Moeen Ali was the man of the match in the first Test for his seven wickets in the match © Getty Images

England lead the four-Test series 1-0 against South Africa after a huge win at Durban. South Africa’s batting woes continued and England through their impressive bowling cashed in on this making them struggle in both innings. Dean Elgar was the star for South Africa with the bat but he too could not prevent the Proteas from losing. While South Africa will have to make a few changes to their playing XI due to injuries, England will have a pleasant headache when it comes to selection with James Anderson being declared fit for the second Test. Pramod Ananth picks the likely XI for the visitors. Scorecard: South Africa vs England 2015-16, 2nd Test at Cape Town

Top-order: It is unlikely that the there are going to be any changes in England’s top three. Alex Hales did not have a good debut and will be kicking himself with the way he was dismissed in the second innings after he got off to a good start. Skipper Alastair Cook did not have a good match scoring only seven runs in the first Test. He will look to strike form in the second Test and start the year off with a bang. Nick Compton in his comeback Test was seemed to be in excellent form. He scored 85 in the first innings and followed it up with 49 in the second and will most certainly hang on to his place in the playing XI. READ: Top 5 England performances in first Test vs South Africa

Middle-order: England have very little to worry about when it comes to their middle-order. Joe Root, England’s leading run-scorer in 2015, batted very well in the second innings of the Durban Test, after getting off to a decent start in the first innings. Root, James Taylor and wicketkeeper-batsman Jonathan Bairstow scored valuable runs at Durban and will look to carry their forms in Cape Town as well. Ben Stokes did not have a good game with the bat, but he bowled tight line and length, which created a lot of pressure on the batsmen. He too looks set to retain his place. READ: Kevin Pietersen praises England for victory over South Africa in 1st Test at Durban

Bowlers: Moeen Ali at No. 8 is too good a player to bat at No.8 and that defines the depth of English batting. In the last couple of series, he has proved that he can be match-winner with the ball as well. Moeen’s seven wickets won him the Man of the Match award in the previous Test and he will look forward to continuing his form at Cape Town as well. Chris Woakes picked up just one wicket in the first Test and he is most likely to drop out, which will pave way for Anderson to return to the line-up after missing out the series opener due to a calf injury. Stuart Broad and Steven Finn picked up five and six wickets at Durban respectively and without a shadow of a doubt retain their spots. Broad will open the bowling with Anderson, with Finn coming into bowl as first change. READ: James Anderson fit to play 2nd Test against South Africa at Cape Town

England Likely XI (in batting order): Alastair Cook (c), Alex Hales, Nick Compton, Joe Root, James Taylor, Ben Stokes, Jonathan Bairstow (wk) , Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn and James Anderson.

(Pramod Ananth is a reporter at CricketCountry. He has represented Karnataka table tennis under-15, and is a hardcore supporter of Liverpool FC. His Twitter handle is @pramz)