England's Broad allays injury fears ahead of South Africa Test

England's Stuart Broad is confident he is fit enough to play in the first Test against South Africa

Speaking to Sky Sports Dawson said: "You've always got an opportunity, when you play it's a chance to do well and impress and that's what I'll be looking to try and do".

Fever-Tree introduces Perfect Pairings, a new video series created to explore great partnerships in the game, with the first being contemporary England duo Alastair Cook and Joe Root.

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Five more runs for Cook will make him the third player after former Indian batsmen Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid to record scores of 1000+ against seven different oppositions.

Root said: "I've decided on the team, Liam is going to play".

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Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance is set to bat at three, with Root coming in at four. "We had a tough year last year but I think the squad is very settled, has learned a lot from that and is ready to put that right this year". I've prepared as I'd normally do for any other Test. So Root, and his new vice-captain, Ben Stokes, can discomfort and defeat these tourists if they lead in the same fashion they play the rest of their cricket; there will be the odd spillage along the way but England will then be on course to compete with Australia this winter.

England have managed a solitary series win against the South Africa since the Proteas' readmission to Test cricket that came in 1992.

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Unsurprisingly it's Root (Price Boosted to 3/1 from 5/2) and his predecessor Alastair Cook (3/1) vying for favouritism in the top England first innings runscorer market and it's not hard to see why. From the moment he bounced out to the middle in a crisis in Nagpur in 2012 - relishing the confrontation and scoring 10 runs off his first 10 balls in Test cricket - Root has personified best practice in cricket. "[England] have their own insecurities with new leadership, a few new faces in the batting line-up and a few injury concerns".

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