England players stand as the national anthem is played prior to the 3rd Test.© AFP
Before the third Test between England and South Africa got underway at The Oval in London, the ground paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, who died on Thursday. The game was scheduled to start on Thursday, but the first day of play was washed away by rain. Friday’s play was called off in memory of the Queen. The match started on Day 3 of the Test, with both teams taking to the field while the crowd stood in silence. The players passed a military honor guard.
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There was a minute’s silence before an Irish Guards petty officer rang the bell.
The South African National Anthem was sung and then the updated English National Anthem followed, with the audience joining in.
The crowd then erupted in applause before the match started.
The two teams entered the game with the score at 1-1.
While South Africa inflicted an inning loss on England in the first game and won it in three days, England retaliated in the second game with an inning loss of its own.
Given that both matches were completed in three days, the fact that the third Test lasts only three days should not hinder the chances of either side getting a result from it.
By winning the toss and fielding, England started brilliantly with the ball.
Ollie Robinson, James Anderson and Stuart Broad all rocked the visitors as South Africa came back over 36/6 in the 12th.
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