Joe Root’s men will likely be high on confidence heading into the third Test against South Africa at Port Elizabeth after leveling the series with a 189-run victory at Newlands.

The Three Lions picked up a famous victory in Cape Town and will be determined to build on the positives after what was the most complete Test performance since Chris Silverwood took charge.

England have had a week to rest and recover from the second Test, which is fortunate as Root has suffered from a bout of illness over the weekend.

The skipper returned to training today and assistant coach Paul Collingwood told Sky Sports that he is in good shape.

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You’d imagine that Silverwood would be tempted to stick with the same side after a fantastic performance at Newlands but injuries have meant that cannot happen.

Jimmy Anderson, who took his 28th five-wicket haul in the last match, has been dealt some rotten luck and was ruled out for the rest of the South Africa tour due to a rib injury last week.

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Obviously, losing Anderson is a huge blow but England are spoilt for choice when it comes to replacements, with Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, and Mark Wood to choose from.

It is understood that both Archer, who missed the Test at Newlands due to an elbow injury, and Wood, who has recently recovered from injury himself, will have to prove his fitness in training this week.

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The decision will likely be dependent on the conditions and pitch at Port Elizabeth, with Woakes the more natural replacement for Anderson and the other two seamers offering express pace.

Jack Leach, one of the worst affected by the bug that swept through the camp early in the series, has recovered but after Dom Bess’ performance at Newlands, it would be a surprise to see the Headingley hero return to the side.

England have some enticing options to choose from and whoever plays, they will surely feel confident of going 2-1 in the series at Port Elizabeth.

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