Both the teams head to Lord’s for their third ODI match.
There is a slight disappointment that the series is already over. South Africa has made slight changes in their playing 11 but England have not changed their side. A big relief for England fans is that Ben Stokes is back in his form after his injury. He scored a match winning century and also got a man of the match award in the last match.
But England has decided to give rest to Ben Stokes and not risking him for champions Trophy.
If England play in the same way it will be very difficult for the other teams to defeat England in champions trophy.
South Africa on the other side is not looking very stable. The need to work on the bowling attack. They got a good batting start in both the matches but could not finish as they expected.
Last 5 completed matches
England : WWWWW
South Africa : LLWLW
Scoring Pattern :
In last 5 ODIs played at Lords First inning scores have been (1-2 denotes match won by side batting first or second)
328/1, 251/2, 309/1, 300/1, 227/2
Average first batting total in last 5 games is 283.
England: 1 Jason Roy, 2 Alex Hales, 3 Joe Root, 4 Eoin Morgan (capt), 5 Jonny Bairstow, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Adil Rashid, 8 David Willey, 9 Liam Plunkett, 10 Mark Wood, 11 Jake Ball
South Africa: 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Faf du Plessis, 4 AB de Villiers (capt), 5 David Miller, 6 Chris Morris, 7 Wayne Parnell, 8 Andile Phehlukwayo, 9 Dwaine Pretorius, 10 Morne Morkel, 11 Keshav Maharaj/Imran Tahir
Watch out for :
Quinton De Kock:
He played an excellent inning in the last match. He gave a very good start to the team. Unlikely he got out on 98 runs. But he was playing impressively. He will surely be a player to watch for in the next game.
Eoin Morgan :
He is England’s captain. You had a good partnership with Ben Stokes in the last match. England lost few wickets early on but he and Ben Stokes compensated for those wickets. In the absence of Ben Stokes, is batting would be very vital for the team.
Stats and trivia
* South Africa have lost all three of their ODIs at Lord’s, all against England.
* Hashim Amla needs another 23 runs to reach 7000 in ODIs.
* Stokes and Moeen Ali both need three more wickets to reach 50 in ODIs.