toss England first bowl vs. South Africa
With the series closed at 1-1 and South Africa top the WTC points table – they are currently 12 points behind Australia in second place – both sides have it all to play for.
Torrential rain overnight in London had cleared the match by morning, although the outfield remained very wet, causing umpires Richard Kettleborough and Nitin Menon to delay the scheduled toss by half an hour.
“Very disappointed for Johnny, he has been absolutely fantastic this summer,” Stokes told Sky Sports. “He has been at the forefront of what we wanted to achieve this summer. Harry Brooke gets the opportunity, he fully deserves the position he finds himself in.”
An hour before the players took the field, heavy storm clouds engulfed the field and, of course, rain came to further delay the start of the game, which had already been pushed back 30 minutes.
England: 1 Jack Crowley, 2 Alex Lees, 3 Ollie Pope, 4 Joe Root, 5 Harry Brooke, 6 Ben Stokes (c), 7 Ben Fox (wk), 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Ollie Robinson, 10 Jack Leach, 11 James Anderson
South Africa: 1 Dean Elgar (capt), 2 Sarrell Irvi, 3 Keegan Pietersen, 4 Ryan Rickelton, 5 Khaya Zondo, 6 Kyle Verne (wk), 7 Viaan Mulder, 8 Marco Jensen, 9 Keshav Maharaj, 10 Kagiso Rabada, 11 Enrique Nortje