ENG vs SA: England name unchanged squad for 3rd Test against South Africa
ENG vs SA: England Men have named an unchanged squad for the third Test against South Africa at the Kia Oval starting on Thursday 8 September.
The series is level at 1-1 going into the deciding Test after Ben Stokes-led England won at Old Trafford by an innings and 85 runs.
With Zak Crawley still preferred to open the batting after scoring an improved 38 runs in England’s first and only innings, Ollie Robinson keeps his spot despite taking five wickets.
This will be the crucial matchup’s decider after South Africa thumped home to triumph by an innings and 12 runs in the first Test.
It is not surprising that the team is the same because skipper Stokes praised his team’s decisive performance in the second Test.
“To come back from last week’s disappointment at Lord’s to put in the performance we have this week, it obviously gives us a lot of confidence back and sets the series up nicely for the last game at the Oval,” said Stokes.
“We completely forgot about that performance [at Lord’s]. The way we batted, bowled and also fielded in this game was the benchmark of the standards we set.”
Ben Stokes (Captain), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes, Jack Leach, Alex Lees, Craig Overton, Matthew Potts, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root.