Hi folks. Already got a few mails about the weather. Full disclosure, when I typed up my preamble the sun was out. I nipped out for a quick bite (half decent sausage bap if you’re asking) and when I came back it was gone. A blanket of dark gloom now shrouds our favourite star. Jimmy and Co will be loving this.
Good morning and welcome to
day one day two day three of this third and final Test between England and South Africa.
If you’re mourning the passing of Queen Elizabeth, I hope the cricket offers you joy and distraction.
It should be a great game to take your mind off events beyond the boundary. We’ve got 294 overs across three days to settle the series. That might not sound like much but considering the first Test lasted 171.5 overs, and the second was wrapped up in 245.1, we could well see another blockbuster contest.
There are changes aplenty for the South Africans. Aiden Markram’s form, Rassie van der Dussen’s broken finger, Lungi Ngidi’s hamstring as well as Simon Harmer’s inability to bowl left arm rockets from a two metre frame means that Khaya Zondo, Ryan Rickelton, Wiaan Mulder and Marco Jansen are in.
Dean Elgar’s troops are batting first which means Harry Brook’s Test debut begins in the field. There are no other changes for England.
The sun is out here at The Oval, the real Home of Cricket, according to Ollie Pope. We’re close to the end of a brilliant summer. Here’s hoping the players give us a proper send off.
Catch you in a few.