score and the latest updates from the Oval

score and the latest updates from the Oval

score and the latest updates from the Oval

England v South Africa Live Matchday 3 3 latest score updates - AFP

England v South Africa Live Matchday 3 3 latest score updates – AFP

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Good morning

Welcome to live coverage of the third day of the third and final test between England and South Africa, now reduced to a maximum of 294 overs after the first day of washout and the cancellation of the second day out of respect for Queen Elizabeth II. whose death was announced Thursday night.

In consultation with the Government via the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, the England and Wales Cricket Board has decided to carry on the last three days of the men’s international summer and the show will start at 11.00 after the singing of the national anthem, now, of course, returning to its original calibration for the first time in 70 years. Incidentally, while the land remains the property of the Duchy of Cornwall, it has technically been under new ownership since Thursday when the Duke of Cornwall and Cambridge inherited the property from his father, the king.

The second day of the 3rd Test match between England and South Africa was canceled at The Kia Oval - Mike Hewitt / Getty Images

The second day of the 3rd Test match between England and South Africa at The Kia Oval canceled – Mike Hewitt / Getty Images

I don’t know about you, but I’m glad the test goes on. If restaurants, pubs, theaters, cinemas and concerts go on, why should sport close. Any way, the game will begin with South Africa beating 48 and a half hours after Ben Stokes won the draw for the decision. In case you missed the announcement before the Kennington monsoons, here are the teams:

England Alex Lees, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ben Stokes (captain), Ben Foakes (Sept.), Stuart Broad, Ollie Robinson, Jack Leach, James Anderson.

South Africa Dean Elgar (captain), Sarel Erwee, Keegan Petersen, Ryan Rickelton, Khaya Zondo, Kyle Verreynne (sept), Wiaan Mulder, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje.

With that lineup, rookie shooter Khaya Zondo at number 5 and bowling all-rounder Wiaan Mulder, who averages 15 in the Club Test, at number 7, wonders how they’ll cope with a moving ball. . Had they won the toss and fielded England, Messrs Rabada, Jansen, Nortje and Mulder would probably have had their fill, but any team that is so unbalanced in bat-to-ball dominance is highly dependent on winning the toss and then doing the right call, as Elgar did at Lord’s and not Old Trafford. As South Africa was unable to extend the tour by one day, they know the test has been truncated and the odds of a draw have been reduced, they can afford to proceed as cautiously as Elgar likes with one eye. at the draw of the series. But the question is whether they have the technique and temperament to do it (and that goes for both sides if South Africa chiseled over 300).

But if England manage to eliminate the top three quickly, they could win this game comfortably within the remaining three days. According to the Met Office, there’s no more than a 10% chance of rain in the past three days, and there have been plenty of three-day wonders in the past – eight, since 2015: the previous two in the series, versus the Ireland in 2019, two wins over the West Indies in 2017, Sri Lanka at Headingley in 2016 and the back-to-back, Ashes -reconquest, Australia defeats at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge in 2015. The first wickets are crucial but absolutely in line with England’s firms in all but one restorative tests this summer.

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