Quick Bit: The first ODI between England and South Africa was abandoned due to rain at Headingley. Quinton de Kock was left stranded on 92 for the tourists.
South Africa won the toss and opted to bat in the series-deciding third Royal London One-Day International against England at Headingley.
England are aiming for a first limited-overs success of Jos Buttler’s fledgling tenure as captain, the wicketkeeper-batter having succeeded Eoin Morgan when the World Cup-winning skipper retired after June’s 3-0 series win in the Netherlands.
Faced with the far tougher proposition of India, England went down 2-1 in each of their T20I and ODI series this month.
South Africa picked up a dominant 62-run win in the opening game at Durham, inspired by Rassie van der Dussen’s superb century, although the hosts roared back to win a rain-reduced contest at Old Trafford by 118 runs on Friday.
The Sporting News is at Headingley and will be providing live updates throughout the day.
England vs. South Africa live score
*South Africa won the toss and elected to bat
England vs. South Africa updates, highlights and analysis from the 3rd ODI at Headingley
10:40 a.m: End of the first powerplay and De Kock, after a couple of false starts in the series, is starting to motor. One inside-out drive through extra cover was particularly pleasing, leaving Salt and Roy gawping at one another. He’s on to 37 and England will want to see the back of him soon.
11:32 a.m: De Kock decides it’s time to try and shift the unerring Willey, once with a streaky edge for four and then with a lovely improvised dab from outside off-stump. Van der Dussen also gets off and running through the covers. The eighth over costs 13.
11:21 a.m: WICKET! Malan c Roy b Willey 11
Malan had tucked into Topley in the previous over but he was through his cut too early and Roy snaffled a regulation change at point.
11:15 a.m: There’s been a bit of shape early on for Topley and Willey early on, but the South Africa openers have progressed in fairly untroubled fashion. Quinton de Kock has worked a couple through the covers and Malan just hit his first boundary down the ground.
10:51 a.m: The teams haven’t emerged yet, with the exception of England opening bowler Reece Topley, who has just been going through his run-up from the Kirkstall Lane End. The left-arm seamer — not that that’s a particularly distinguishing feature, given England have picked three of them again — has been in superb form this season, backing up a career-best 6/24 against India at Lord’s with 2/17 in Manchester as England squared this series.
10:40 a.m: Like England, South Africa have also opted for an unchanged XI, meaning a batting line-up that found themselves flailing at 6/4 in Manchester get a change to put that right.
10:30 a.m: The captains are out in the middle for the toss and Maharaj calls correctly. South Africa win the toss and will bat. Given how they performed last time out and a reasonable amount of cloud cover, I don’t think England will mind that too much.
10:10 a.m: Last time England were at Headingley, we found Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root in swashbuckling form en route to dominant seven-wicket win over New Zealand. White-ball batting has proved a tougher task for both since. Bairstow’s 86 at the top of the order and Root’s 63 in the opening game of this series at Chester-le-Street is the only time either has passed 50 in ODIs this season.
9:50 a.m: Sunshine has broken through some early morning clouds in Leeds, meaning it feels like there’s a good chance we’ll get a decent game to settle this three-match rubber. Showers are scheduled for the afternoon and that is something the captains will factor into their thinking at the toss. England have been bowled out in all five of their home ODIs this season, while South Africa were rolled for 83 in Friday’s rain-reduced second match at Old Trafford.
Both of those factors, along with Headingley’s reputation for helping seam bowlers on humid mornings such as this and the white Kookaburra ball’s tendency to swing this summer, all point towards asking the opposition to have a bat. However, the surface looks good and it might be better to get close to an unbroken innings in first before conditions potentially bring Duckworth-Lewis into play.
9:30 a.m: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News‘ live coverage of the third ODI between England and South Africa at Headingley.
England vs. South Africa lineups
Both captains handed in unchanged XIs from Friday’s rain-reduced second ODI in Manchester
England XI: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Phil Salt, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler (c & wk), Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley
South Africa XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Janneman Malan, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj (c), Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi
How to watch England vs. South Africa
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