England's Joe Root claimed, "I have never encountered a South African team that does not play with pride and passion. And I expect nothing different at Centurion. They are good in their own conditions."
"We are at an infant stage as a Test team, and the plan is to get back to number one, but that will take some time," said Faf du Plessis.
Conditions, pitch report, timing and TV listing
One expects to see the conditions being hot in Centurion on the first two days.
There could be some rain on Friday bringing a slight drop in temperatures later on.
The pitch will assist pacers at large and that could see England field an all-pace attack.
The match will start at 1:30 PM IST and will be telecast live on the Sony Ten Network.
Dream11: Faf and Root get the leadership nods
Dream11 prediction: Dean Elgar, Quinton de Kock (WK), Joe Root (vc), Faf du Plessis (C), Jos Buttler, Joe Denly, Dwaine Pretorius, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, James Anderson and Jofra Archer.