On Wednesday, England’s 14-man team for the third and deciding test match against South Africa at the Oval remained unaltered from the previous day’s announcement.
On Wednesday, England’s 14-man team for the third and deciding test match against South Africa at the Oval remained unaltered from the previous day’s announcement. The home team won the second test match at Old Trafford by an innings and 85 runs, completing their comeback from being down 1-0 in the series to even the score at 1-1.
Both captain Ben Stokes (103) and wicketkeeper Ben Foakes (113 not out) contributed to the total score of the team’s victory in the test match. After South Africa’s almost equally crushing innings and 12-run victory in the first Test at Lord’s, England came out on top and won the match.
Since Joe Root was replaced by Ben Stokes as England’s permanent red-ball captain at the beginning of the current cricket season, England have only one loss to show for their five victories in their six matches since Stokes took over the role.
It is now looking likely that England will deploy the same XI that won in Manchester when the third Test begins at the Oval in south London on Thursday, September 8. This is assuming that there are no late injuries and that they have not added a second specialist spinner to their squad in addition to Somerset left-armer Jack Leach.
That means that uncapped batsman Harry Brook is still looking forward to making his debut in a test match.
At Old Trafford, Ollie Robinson celebrated his comeback to Test cricket with match statistics of 5-91, and the pace bowlers Craig Overton and Matthew Potts will have a difficult time breaking into a seam attack that has already been established.
The England team is:
Ben Stokes (Durham, captain), Ben Foakes (Surrey, wicketkeeper), Zak Crawley (Kent), Alex Lees (Durham), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Jack Leach (Somerset), Ollie Robinson (Sussex), James Anderson (Lancashire), Harry Brook (Yorkshire), Craig Over (Durham)
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