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England vs South Africa, 3rd Test, Day 1: As It Happened

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: July 27, 2017, 11:48 PM IST

3rd Test, The Oval, London 27 - 31 July, 2019

Toss won by England (decided to bat)

England beat South Africa by 239 runs

Man of the Match: Ben Stokes

England vs South Africa, 3rd Test, Day 1: As It Happened

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Ben Stokes has urged England to bounce back from their Trent Bridge thumping by South Africa and show how good they really are when the third Test at The Oval starts on Thursday.

England were thrashed by 340 runs with more than a day to spare at the Nottingham ground as South Africa levelled the four-match series in commanding style.

The hosts have now had over a week to ponder on that defeat, with all-rounder Stokes insisting there was nothing wrong with England's attitude.

A lack of runs cost England dear in Nottingham, with Joe Root's side managing 215 in the first innings before collapsing to 133 all out second time around.

But with England having won the series opener at Lord's by an emphatic 211 runs, Stokes was confident that South Africa did not now have a huge advantage in terms of momentum.


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

South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Faf du Plessis (c), Dean Elgar, Heino Kuhn, Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Vernon Philander, Chris Morris, Keshav Maharaj, Morne Morkel, Duanne Olivier, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Aiden Markram, Theunis de Bruyn
First Published: July 27, 2017, 2:58 PM IST

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