3rd Test | England vs South Africa at the Oval (Match Thread)

Joined: 27 Mar 2014, 13:24

28 Jul 2017, 15:57 #21

July 27-31, 2017 - 3rd Test at Kennington Oval, London

ENGLAND probable: Cook, Jennings, Westley, Root (captain), Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Stokes, Malan, Moeen, Roland-Jones, Broad, Anderson.
SOUTH AFRICA probable: Elgar, Kuhn, Amla, De Kock, Du Plessis (captain), Bavuma, Philander, Morris, Maharaj, Rabada, Morkel

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TRJ
My darling Maxi
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28 Jul 2017, 16:06 #22

July 27-31, 2017 - 3rd Test at Kennington Oval, London

ENGLAND probable: Cook, Jennings, Westley, Root (captain), Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Stokes, Malan, Moeen, Roland-Jones, Broad, Anderson.
SOUTH AFRICA probable: Elgar, Kuhn, Amla, De Kock, Du Plessis (captain), Bavuma, Philander, Morris, Maharaj, Rabada, Morkel

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I think it's fair enough to say that with them 5 down.

Excellent spell on his Test debut by TRJ.
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28 Jul 2017, 16:46 #23

July 27-31, 2017 - 3rd Test at Kennington Oval, London

ENGLAND probable: Cook, Jennings, Westley, Root (captain), Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Stokes, Malan, Moeen, Roland-Jones, Broad, Anderson.
SOUTH AFRICA probable: Elgar, Kuhn, Amla, De Kock, Du Plessis (captain), Bavuma, Philander, Morris, Maharaj, Rabada, Morkel

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Didn't expect this, but England have fought back brilliantly here. Showed character in batting and have bowled well. Don't think it's a 61-7 pitch though.
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28 Jul 2017, 16:57 #24

July 27-31, 2017 - 3rd Test at Kennington Oval, London

ENGLAND probable: Cook, Jennings, Westley, Root (captain), Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Stokes, Malan, Moeen, Roland-Jones, Broad, Anderson.
SOUTH AFRICA probable: Elgar, Kuhn, Amla, De Kock, Du Plessis (captain), Bavuma, Philander, Morris, Maharaj, Rabada, Morkel

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Roland-Jones is a serious cricketer, as Yorkshire know to their cost.
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Joined: 17 Oct 2013, 09:52

28 Jul 2017, 16:59 #25

July 27-31, 2017 - 3rd Test at Kennington Oval, London

ENGLAND probable: Cook, Jennings, Westley, Root (captain), Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Stokes, Malan, Moeen, Roland-Jones, Broad, Anderson.
SOUTH AFRICA probable: Elgar, Kuhn, Amla, De Kock, Du Plessis (captain), Bavuma, Philander, Morris, Maharaj, Rabada, Morkel

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Thought I saw a news story this week about Toblerone having shrunk. Don't see any evidence of it here.
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28 Jul 2017, 18:57 #26

July 27-31, 2017 - 3rd Test at Kennington Oval, London

ENGLAND probable: Cook, Jennings, Westley, Root (captain), Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Stokes, Malan, Moeen, Roland-Jones, Broad, Anderson.
SOUTH AFRICA probable: Elgar, Kuhn, Amla, De Kock, Du Plessis (captain), Bavuma, Philander, Morris, Maharaj, Rabada, Morkel

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Seems the CDs of whale music, candles and yuka plants did their job.
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30 Jul 2017, 14:56 #27

July 27-31, 2017 - 3rd Test at Kennington Oval, London

ENGLAND probable: Cook, Jennings, Westley, Root (captain), Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Stokes, Malan, Moeen, Roland-Jones, Broad, Anderson.
SOUTH AFRICA probable: Elgar, Kuhn, Amla, De Kock, Du Plessis (captain), Bavuma, Philander, Morris, Maharaj, Rabada, Morkel

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I didn't catch any off today's play so far. So I missed Malans 2nd innings. Did he look any better than that pitiful attempt in the 1st.
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Joined: 17 Oct 2013, 09:52

30 Jul 2017, 15:46 #28

July 27-31, 2017 - 3rd Test at Kennington Oval, London

ENGLAND probable: Cook, Jennings, Westley, Root (captain), Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Stokes, Malan, Moeen, Roland-Jones, Broad, Anderson.
SOUTH AFRICA probable: Elgar, Kuhn, Amla, De Kock, Du Plessis (captain), Bavuma, Philander, Morris, Maharaj, Rabada, Morkel

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Not much, but suppose you could argue he had to get on with it. Could have done with quicker runs and an earlier declaration.
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30 Jul 2017, 17:37 #29

July 27-31, 2017 - 3rd Test at Kennington Oval, London

ENGLAND probable: Cook, Jennings, Westley, Root (captain), Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Stokes, Malan, Moeen, Roland-Jones, Broad, Anderson.
SOUTH AFRICA probable: Elgar, Kuhn, Amla, De Kock, Du Plessis (captain), Bavuma, Philander, Morris, Maharaj, Rabada, Morkel

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Interesting series so far. The side batting first has hammered the opposition in all three games.

Win the toss, bat first, win the match comfortably. Should it be so, that there is so much advantage in batting first?
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30 Jul 2017, 18:25 #30

July 27-31, 2017 - 3rd Test at Kennington Oval, London

ENGLAND probable: Cook, Jennings, Westley, Root (captain), Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Stokes, Malan, Moeen, Roland-Jones, Broad, Anderson.
SOUTH AFRICA probable: Elgar, Kuhn, Amla, De Kock, Du Plessis (captain), Bavuma, Philander, Morris, Maharaj, Rabada, Morkel

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Apart from the first Test, it is through no fault of the pitches. Neither team seems to be able bat under our old friend scoreboard pressure. I would say the fault lies in the mind rather than the pitches.
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