FEARLESS: Kagiso Radaba

And without a captain heading into the first Test against England at Lord’s today (12pm), and with uncertainty surrounding the future of their coach, confidence can’t be high heading into the encounter.

Not so, according to 22-year-old pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada.

Even though he admits that losing captain Faf du Plessis for the match is a blow, Rabada, who bagged 13 wickets in a Test the last time he played against England, says: “I’ve learned to be fearless.

“If you don’t do well, so be it.

“I’ve got my plans in order. It’s not going to be an easy Test.

“England are a quality team, playing in their backyard. [But our] guys are up for it.”

Of playing at Lord’s, Rabada adds: “Yes, it is [a big deal].

“When you’re young and watching TV, you see the guys walk through the Long Room and people clapping - it’s very traditional.

“And now it’s nice to be among it.”

With Du Plessis not in the team, KG is confident that new skipper Dean Elgar will get the best out of the team.

He concludes: “He [Du Plessis] is a magnificent leader. It’s not great that he’s not here.

“But he’s got to look after his baby, and he’ll be watching.

“Dean Elgar’s stepping in. He’s got a great attitude in the game, so that will rub off on everyone.”