First day washed out after England win toss, South Africa ring adjustments

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England selected to bowl vs South Africa

The complete opening day of the third and ultimate Take a look at between England and South Africa was washed out, and the destiny of the sport remained unsure after the scheduled second day was known as off following the loss of life of Queen Elizabeth II.

Play was deserted and not using a ball being bowled early on Thursday night after England captain Ben Stokes had gained the toss and requested South Africa to bat first beneath threatening skies at The Oval.

In a single day storms had cleared by match morning, though the outfield remained moist sufficient to immediate umpires Richard Kettleborough and Nitin Menon to delay the toss by half an hour. Darkish clouds then enveloped the bottom shortly earlier than rescheduled begin time of 11.30am and heavy showers arrived earlier than the gamers may take the sector. Regardless of a couple of hopeful actions by way of cowl elimination and pitch inspections, the rain set in and play was known as off round 4.45pm.

However the day’s occasions in south London had been overshadowed by these a lot additional north at Balmoral, the place the Royal Household gathered at their Scottish dwelling amid considerations over the Queen’s well being. It was confirmed shortly after 6.30pm that she had died on the age of 96.

As confirmed by Stokes on match eve, Harry Brook was named to make his debut rather than Jonny Bairstow, who is anticipated to spend an prolonged interval on the sidelines after his freak {golfing} harm. Joe Root offered Brook together with his Take a look at cap, whereas Marcus Trescothick gave James Anderson a cap to mark his one hundred and seventy fifth Take a look at after the pair performed collectively in Anderson’s debut in 2003.

“Massively upset for Jonny, he is been completely phenomenal this summer season,” Stokes instructed Sky Sports activities. “He is been the spearhead of what we wished to attain this summer season. Harry Brook will get that chance, he totally deserves the scenario he finds himself in.”

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South Africa made wholesale adjustments, in the meantime, least surprisingly bringing in Ryan Rickelton for Rassie van der Dussen, who fractured his finger whereas fielding through the second Take a look at at Outdated Trafford.
Dean Elgar, their captain, revealed on the toss that Lungi Ngidi was injured – he has a hamstring downside – whereas Aiden Markram and Simon Harmer had been omitted. In consequence, Marco Jansen returned to the aspect after being neglected for the second Take a look at and Khaya Zondo was set to play his second Take a look at after making his debut towards Bangladesh in April, changing Markram, who has struggled for type. Wiaan Mulder returned to the aspect for his first Take a look at since that dwelling collection towards Bangladesh, with South Africa in search of to shore up their batting whereas offering an additional seam choice.

England: 1 Zak Crawley, 2 Alex Lees, 3 Ollie Pope, 4 Joe Root, 5 Harry Brook, 6 Ben Stokes (capt), 7 Ben Foakes (wk), 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Ollie Robinson, 10 Jack Leach, 11 James Anderson

South Africa: 1 Dean Elgar (capt), 2 Sarel Erwee, 3 Keegan Petersen, 4 Ryan Rickelton, 5 Khaya Zondo, 6 Kyle Verreynne (wk), 7 Wiaan Mulder, 8 Marco Jansen, 9 Keshav Maharaj, 10 Kagiso Rabada, 11 Anrich Nortje

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