England’s third and final test against South Africa will resume this weekend after Ben Stokes said he would be “honored” to play in memory of the queen.
What was supposed to be the second day of the decisive LV = Insurance series at the Kia Oval was canceled on Friday out of respect following the death of the long-reigning monarch.
There were suggestions that the test could be postponed or canceled, but the England and Wales Cricket Board has given the green light to all international, national and recreational matches to be held from Saturday “to pay tribute to Her Majesty the Queen. Elizabeth II and honor her extraordinary life and service “.
The ECB’s decision, taken after consultations with the DCMS and in line with the government’s mourning recommendations to cancel matches was not mandatory, meaning the Women’s Twenty20 between England and India in Chester-le-Street also will take place as planned.
England men’s test captain Stokes, answering a question about whether sporting events should take place this weekend, previously tweeted: “He loved the sport, be honored to play in his memory.”
Saturday will remain the third day of the Test, as scheduled, after a fading Thursday, with all players and coaches wearing black headbands to commemorate the Queen.
A minute of silence and the national anthems will be performed before the game begins, which looks set to be the first sporting rendition of “God Save The King”.
The ECB and Cricket South Africa have explored the option of extending the test until Tuesday, but tourists will stick to their original plan to go home that day.
CSA’s decision was made to allow its players to spend a few days at home before embarking on tours in India and Australia and effectively results in a three-day test against England.
CSA Chief Executive Pholetsi Moseki said: “CSA fully supports the ECB’s decision to proceed with the third Test match between England and South Africa after the UK’s day of mourning.
“After consulting the Protea team management and giving the upcoming schedule, it was clear that it would not be in the players’ interest to extend the test and shorten the few days players have with their families before another long tour. “.
The draw and teams remain the same – with Stokes choosing to pitch earlier before persistent rains ruled out the prospect of any play on Thursday – with 98 overs scheduled for each of the past three days.
There was a lot of anticipation for this match, with the Proteas winning the Lord’s opening one inning before England returned the favor to Emirates Old Trafford as both tests concluded in three days.
Speaking earlier this week as he contemplated the prospect of rain disrupting play, South Africa captain Dean Elgar insisted there would be “a winner in this test” who he was treating “like a World Cup final. World”.
Surrey has announced that disguises will not be allowed on the land, a historic asset owned by the Duchy of Cornwall, during the three days, while fans will only purchase two alcoholic beverages at a time.
Surrey said in a statement: “This is an opportunity for all of us to recognize the extraordinary contribution that Queen has made to public life and we ask all fans to behave in a way that shows that we are up to the moment.”