ENG vs SA: Third Test underway at The Oval as respect shown to Queen Elizabeth

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ENG vs SA: Third Test underway at The Oval as respect shown to Queen Elizabeth
ENG vs SA: Third Test underway at The Oval as respect shown to Queen Elizabeth

ENG vs SA: Third Test underway at The Oval as respect shown to Queen Elizabeth

ENG vs SA: The third Test between England and South Africa finally saw the first ball bowled on Saturday’s third day of play, getting under way in a respectful atmosphere at The Oval after a guard of honour and a minute’s silence to mark the death of Queen Elizabeth.

England captain Ben Stokes won the toss on Thursday morning and decided to bowl in the final Test of the series, which is tied at 1-1.

However, because to rain, the first day was cancelled, and the second was cancelled following the announcement of the death of the queen.

The Premier League made the decision to cancel games scheduled for this weekend, but it was up to each individual sporting organisation to determine whether or not to participate.

Before the game began, many people at The Oval sang “God Save the King” aloud for the first time in their lives. This was followed by a prolonged round of applause as pictures of the queen were projected all over the playing field.

“She was someone who dedicated her life to the nation. And who we take inspiration from,” England captain Ben Stokes told reporters before play. “We honoured to be able to walk out and play today.

“Sport is something to come to watch and enjoy, but it also brings people together. It’s great to stood here knowing we going to go out and play this game in memory of the Queen.”

With two wickets in the first 15 minutes, England’s bowlers will benefit from the cloudy circumstances. Within three days, the series’ first two games were both over.

“We have tried to play positive cricket this summer. And we will have to do that again with the Test only three days,” Stokes said.

“Everything we do out on the field will be to try and get a result. We have to go out there and execute the way we can. Because it is such a short game, we have to just concentrate on the here and now. And see where the game goes.

“If we did the toss again, I don’t think we would have done anything different.”