Phase two of England's tour of South Africa begins at the Manguang Oval on Wednesday with Eoin Morgan's side striving to continue their One Day International resurgence.

An abject display in the World Cup 12 months ago has thankfully been consigned to the annals of history with England's new regime embracing a new 'attack at all costs' policy.

This long overdue change in philosophy has yielded series wins over New Zealand and Pakistan and a narrow 3-2 defeat at the hands of World Champions Australia with England barely recognisable from the one-dimensional, one-paced outfit which stumbled out of the World Cup at a premature stage.

Moeen Ali, Ian Bell and Gary Ballance headed the batting order a year ago in Melbourne when England were humbled by 111 runs in their opening pool match against the hosts.

Thankfully, the arrival of a forward-thinking Brendan McCullum and his exuberant New Zealand side at the start of last summer changed perceptions within the England camp who can now call on an explosive opening partnership of Alex Hales and Jason Roy to maximise the all-important Power Plays.

Roy was forced to miss training on Monday with a back spasm and Ali remains on standby to move up the order should the Surrey opener fail a fitness test.

However, the visitors have undoubted power throughout their line up these days and, in James Taylor at three, they boast a batter in form on the back of a sparkling hundred in the huge warm-up defeat of South Africa 'A'.

Captain Morgan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow form a formidable engine room, while the likes of talented all-rounders Chris Jordan and David Willey provide the potential for end-of-innings fireworks if selected.

South Africa's attack, again deprived of Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Kyle Abbott, will again place heavy emphasis on the impressive Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel, but it will be a surprise if they play all five games given recent workloads.

Therefore, a wager on leggie Imran Tahir could be the smart move to top the series bowling honours as England have traditionally struggled against wrist spin and necessity could demand the effervescent spinner will be an ever present.

Similarly, Adil Rashid will be a vital component of the England attack after enjoying a brilliant time in the Australian Big Bash League with the Adelaide Strikers and the only way he seems likely to miss out is if England encounter a green top and want to play a full compliment of seamers.

The hosts' attack could begin to look over worked and lacking in penetration as the series wears on and England's deep battling order is fancied to take advantage.

Therefore, Morgan's side, packed full of potential match winners, look worth playing at 13/8 to continue their renaissance even in the face of rivals who boast Hashim Amla and AB De Villiers within their ranks.

Of the two, Amla is once again batting at his serene best at present and is fancied to top the batting charts, while Root's form in the past 12 months means his claims are tough to ignore in the England lists.
England to win series - 4pts @ 13/8
Joe Root - Top England series batsman - 1pt @ 100/30
Adil Rashid - Top England series bowler - 1pt @ 5/1
Imran Tahir - Top South Africa series bowler - 1pt @ 3/1
Hashim Amla - Top South Africa series batsman - 1pt @ 5/2