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England vs South Africa: Hosts Rest Key Trio For Third ODI

Reuters |May 29, 2017, 12:08 PM IST
England vs South Africa: Hosts Rest Key Trio For Third ODI

England have rested all-rounders Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali, and paceman Chris Woakes for the third and final one-day international against South Africa on Monday as the trio aim to overcome injury concerns ahead of the Champions Trophy.

Batsmen Liam Dawson and Toby Roland-Jones, and bowler Steven Finn have been called up to replace the rested players for the last match of a series England hold an unassailable 2-0 lead in following Saturday's two-run win.

All three are expected to be fit for Thursday's Champions Trophy opener against Bangladesh at The Oval but Stokes' niggling knee problem is the biggest concern due to his value to the team.

"We're constantly monitoring him and trying to manage him as best as we can," England captain Eoin Morgan told British media ahead of the final match against South Africa at Lord's.

"We're trying to build it up again with the Champions Trophy in mind. It's a very strange injury, he aggravates it when he bowls, in his delivery stride. He's good to play as a batsman if need be but obviously we want Ben Stokes the all-rounder."

Ali and Stokes put in respective Man of the Match performances in the first two matches against South Africa, while Woakes missed the second of them due to injury.

The June 1-18 Champions Trophy is being held in England and Wales and contested by the top eight sides in the one-day international rankings.

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3778 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 6939 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 India 8099 261
5 Australia 5471 261
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