There was a time in England cricket where Tests were all that mattered for the nation that invented the game. In spite of making three World Cup finals, two of them back-to-back, they never woke up to the potential of one-day cricket.
Having won the first Test against South Africa comprehensively, England went into the New Year Test at Cape Town with their noses ahead. The Proteas are known to fight back hard from tough situations, and nothing different was expected of them at Newlands.
A contest featuring Pakistan mostly involves a sub-battle between their bowlers and the opposition batsmen. This is not to say that Pakistan lack batting talent, but their bowling prowess often stands out for they keep producing match-winning bowlers out of nowhere
After the magnificent Aaron Finch show at The Rose Bowl, Australia went into the second T20 at Chester-le-Street high on confidence. However, T20 is such an unpredictable format that there are no favourites in any match.
England won the Second T20I against Australia at Durham to draw the 2-match T20I Series 1-1. The hosts won comfortably by 27 runs in a high-scoring contest at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street.