Watch England vs South Africa 3rd Test 2017 Live Streaming, Highlights & Result.
3rd Test 2017: England vs South Africa
The match is scheduled to start from July 27, 2017.
England: AN Cook, KK Jennings, T Westley, JE Root, DJ Malan, BA Stokes, JM Bairstow, MM Ali, TS Ronald Jones, S Broad, JM Anderson.
South Africa: D Elgar, HG Kuhn, HM Amla, Q de Kock, F Duplessis, T Bavuma, CH Morris, KA Maharaj, Rabada, M Morkel, Philander.
Tom Westley has been picked over Mark Stoneman to replace Gary Ballance who will be sitting out of the third test due to a finger injury. The Essex batsman will be making his test debut and will be batting at no. 3. Fast bowler Mark Wood is likely to be retained despite an underwhelming performance in the second test.
Alastair Cook is averaging 45.20 at the Oval in tests and has two hundreds and five fifties from 11 matches. Joe Root is currently the leading run getter in the series with 281 runs and he together with Cook will be England’s biggest hopes with the bat. James Anderson and Moeen Ali will be the main weapons in the bowling lineup. While Anderson has 36 wickets from 11 tests at this ground, Ali has troubled the South African batsmen the most in this series.
The 340 run loss in the last match was England’s sixth defeat in their last eight tests. Since 2016, they have played nine test matches out of which they have won five, lost three and drawn one. Poor shot selections from their batsmen in the last test is a cause of concern for the team.
After serving a one-match ban, South Africa’s ace frontline fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has returned for the third test which means there is no place for Duanne Olivier in the side. The team has released batsman JP Duminy from the squad while uncapped Aiden Markram has been retained as batting cover.
Hashim Amla has been in amazing form and he will be the key in this South African batting lineup. The opener has scored the most runs in this series after England’s Joe Root and he also has an unbeaten 311 at this ground. With the ball, there will be a lot of expectations on Keshav Maharaj who has been the pick of the bowlers with 10 wickets in the series. Kagiso Rabada is back and he will be raring to go at the English batsmen with some serious pace.
South Africa have done exceedingly well in the longest format of the game in recent times. They have won four, drawn two and lost just one out of the seven tests they have played so far this year. The Proteas were spot on with the ball in the last game and never really allowed England to dominate.
England won the toss and elected to bat.
England won by 239 runs
Player of the match: Ben Stokes ( England )
Series: England led the 4-match series 2-1