England wins toss, bats vs. South Africa in 3rd test

Published On: July 27, 2017 04:40 PM NPT By: Associated Press

LONDON, July 27: England won the toss and chose to bat first in the third test against South Africa at London’s Oval, and gave debuts to three players as it seeks to fight back after a crushing defeat at Trent Bridge.

With the series level at 1-1 with two tests to play, England gave caps to bowler Toby Roland-Jones and batsmen Tom Westley and Dawid Malan.

England went with seven batsmen to reinforce the upper order on a green Oval wicket.

Malan replaced allrounder Liam Dawson and Westley came in for the injured Gary Ballance.

For South Africa, strike bowler Kagiso Rabada returned from his one-match ban in place of Duanne Olivier in the only change.


England: Joe Root (captain), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Tom Westley, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Toby Roland-Jones, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.

South Africa: Faf du Plessis (captain), Dean Elgar, Heino Kuhn, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma, Vernon Philander, Chris Morris, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel.

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