England v South Africa: third men’s T20 – live! | England v South Africa 2022

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Sun is out, covers are off. Let’s try this again. Play to resume shortly.

“I was just wondering, what’s happened to Tymal Mills?” Good point, Tom vd Gucht. “He was pretty damned impressive in the T20 world Cup last year and in the Hundred (if that means anything… although I will be watching any free-to-air cricket going…) Is he part of the list of injured bowlers, or has he slipped out of favor? He seemed to offer something a bit different last year and, in a similar way, I’m dissapointed we’ve not had aook at Lintott yet either.”

I actually don’t know the answer to that. He was very much part of England’s thinking late last year at the T20 World Cup and earlier this year too. I’ll ask.

10th over: South Africa 80-2 (Hendricks 35, Markram 11) Adil Rashid continues. Can Hendricks get his strike rate up here? He’s faced 28 balls for his 33 as the over begins. The googly is working well to both right handlers here, cramping them up, but they’re on the bike now running hard between the wickets, eight runs taken as the rain starts again. Looks heavier this time. They’ll go off the field. Sorry.

9th over: South Africa 72-2 (Hendricks 33, Markram 5) Moeen off after that first over? Matchups, and all that, ay. Slammin’ Sammy Curran gets his first chance; one of seven bowling options that Buttler has today. He’s banging it in short from the get go and more or less throughout the over but he has protection for it – no boundaries.

8th over: South Africa 64-2 (Hendricks 29, Markram 2) Spin from both ends with Rashid, who starts nicely as well – seven from it, all to the sweepers. They’ll take that, the home side. He really is the middle-overs expert.

7th over: South Africa 57-2 (Hendricks 23, Markram 1) Outstanding from Moeen.

When running through all the sport going on in the UK earlier today I forgot about the ODI in Scotland. But we have Simon McMahon here to bring us up to speed. Afternoon Adam. After a difficult week for Scottish cricket, not least for Majid Haq and Qasim Sheikh, whose racist treatment and subsequent bravery in shining a light on the goings on at Cricket Scotland will hopefully lead to real change and a brighter future for all, Scotland finish their mini-series against New Zealand with an ODI in Edinburgh today. Having lost both T20’s heavily, the Scots recovered well from 107-5 in the 25th over to post a respectable 306 all out. Short boundaries at the Grange, so I’d still expect NZ to reach that total with a bit to spare. Hopefully Scotland can continue to restore its reputation at the World T20 later this year.”

WICKET! Rossouw b Moeen Ali 31 (South Africa 55-2)

Bowled him! What a great change from Buttler. Moeen into the attack and with his third ball he’s beaten the in-form Rossouw with a gem from round the wicket, angling in and turning sharply passed the edge and into the off-stump. Gorgeous.

6th over: South Africa 53-1 (Hendricks 21, Rossouw 31) Chris Jordan to send down the final over of the power play. And what a lovely bit of batting from Rossouw from the second ball, late cutting past the short third to get his third four. And with fine leg also up inside the circle he makes it a fourth boundary, albeit off an inside edge. “A moral victory for Chris Jordan,” says Ian Ward on Sky. “But he’s under pressure right away conceding nine runs for his first three deliveries.” Now a third boundary from the penultimate ball, threaded through the covers by Rossouw. And he hammers it through that gap again to finish – complete authority. 17 off the over to finish the power play with Rossouw right into his work as the field drops back.

5th over: South Africa 36-1 (Hendricks 20, Rossouw 15) A quick single/leg bye to finish the interrupted over. Willey has 1/15 from three bowled off the top.

They’re back on. Good news. No more of that, please – too much sport going on this afternoon for multiple rain delays. Cheers.

Sounds like a quick but frustrating delay. One of those where the rain wouldn’t be heavy enough to take them off but is sufficient to keep them off. Oh, as I type that, the hover cover is leaving the field so the players should be back on soon.

Urgh, it’s raining. Sorry. The covers come out as Hendricks needs a quick concussion test after a top edge glances his helmet on the way through to the rope.

4.5 overs: South Africa 35-1 (Hendricks 20, Rossouw 15)

4th over: South Africa 28-1 (Hendricks 15, Rossouw 13) Topley goes short and Hendricks finds the middle of the bat for the first time, pulled away for four. To finish, he opens up the off side and helps it over extra cover – four more. Better.

“Afternoon Adam.” Brian Withington! Great to hear from you. “Interesting interview with Eoin Morgan, as you say. However I don’t think he adequately explained (or even attempted?) the key question of why he decided to drop Roy for the 2017 semi-final having backed him all the way up to it. As for 2022, Roy’s currently living on borrowed time for my money. It’s all very well backing old retainers, but what signal is that sending to the youngsters banging at the door?”

I suspect if they weren’t leading into another World Cup it might be on the agenda but they’ll be reluctant to move an experienced matchwinner on at this stage.

3rd over: South Africa 17-1 (Hendricks 10, Rossouw 7) Whoa, a beauty from Willey to start his fresh over, squaring Hendricks up a treat – deserved an edge. Rossouw finds three through cover when he gets his chance before Hendricks is saved by his inside edge for a second time in two overs with another boundary coming from it. Living dangerously. Another excellent over from Willey who is moving it both ways.

2nd over: South Africa 9-1 (Hendricks 5, Rossouw 4) Two left-armers to begin with Reece Topley sharing the new ball. And he finds Hendrick’s inside edge with his second ball – nice movement though the air but it spits away beyond the left stump down to the rope for South Africa’s first runs of the match. Ooh, confusion later in the over with Rossouw charging down without Hendrick’s consent – he gets back, just. Rossouw plays a short-arm jab over midwicket to finish; far from convincing but enough for a boundary with the field up inside the first power play period.

1st over: South Africa 0-1 (Hendricks 0, Rossouw 0) Confirmed as NOT OUT! Going over middle and off. growing, a brilliant first over from Willey with movement off the track throughout, a wicket maiden for the returning left-armer.

ENGLAND REVIEW! Willey is convinced he has Rossouw leg before wicket with the final ball of this eventful first over and upstairs they go. Height looks the main issue.

WICKET! de Kock b Willey 0 (South Africa 0-1)

What a start for England! After two full and straight deliveries, Willey pulls his length back just a touch and de Kock drags the ball back onto his middle stump.

The players are on the field. de Kock and Hendricks are opening up for the visitors. The match ball has been delivered on the back of one of those small cars they use for football games these day sand Mark Butcher has the remote control – fun and games. David Willey, back into the England XI today, is taking the first over. PLAY!

Before we get into it, so much sport to follow this afternoon with live blogs on the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix (Russell leads after 14 laps), the Comm Games and the build-up to the big one at Wembley. A day for keeping a lot of tabs open!

More from Morgan. He believes they have to play a frontline spinner in the World Cup in Australia, namly Adil Rashid, rather than piecing it together with all-rounders. He points to the data at bigger Australian grounds where spinners have, on average, better economy rates than seamers in this form of the game. If not Adil Rashid (for whatever reason), he talks up the chances of Liam Dawson as an experienced operator across franchise cricket bowling at all stages of an innings.

Eoin Morgan has slotted straight in on Sky. Sitting with Ian Ward, Mike Atherton and Mark Butcher, it’s like he’s been doing this for a decade. Athers asks the former captain about when he dropped Jason Roy for the 2017 Champions Trophy semi-final, essentially asking when it might be the right time in this slump. “Keeping players for longer builds an element of trust,” he begins before taking us back to the 2015 reset. “We wanted players to feel comfortable taking greater risks. For that, you have to allow them to fail and fail and fail again and continue to back them.”

The teams as named

England: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (c & wk), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, David Willey, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley.

South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Rilee Rossouw, Aiden Markram, David Miller (c), Tristan Stubbs, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi.

England win the toss, bowling first

Jos Buttler believes the pitch will remain “pretty much the same” throughout. He confirms Willey for Gleeson as the one change. “We’ve been searching for a complete performance all summer and there’s no better time to do that in a series decider.”

David Miller, playing his 100th T20i, says that the Proteas have two changes, Markram and Nortje in for Klaasen and Rabada, the latter out with an ankle niggle.

David Willey in for Richard Gleeson? We’ll find out at the toss in five minutes.

Ageas Bowl filling up ahead of the deciding T20I – covers off after a brief shower earlier. Expecting David Willey to come into the England XI pic.twitter.com/HLcOx8WhDx

— Matt Roller (@mroller98) July 31, 2022


Adam Collins

It feels like South Africa has been in the country playing white-ball internationals for a month or more now. Maybe that’s a function of their stretch starting just two days after a stack of matches against India, or that the Proteas women were over here touring at the same time. Perhaps its the fact that Jos Buttler’s team are playing their 12th game in the space of 24 days. Or maybe it’s just me. In any case… once more with gusto! Welcome to the third and final T20 international from Southampton on a very busy afternoon of sport around this United Kingdom.

The series is square at one apiece with the England camp have noting in the build-up to this decider that it would be timely for them to win the trophy here having failed to in their aforementioned summer series. They saluted easily in the opener by boshing 234-6 at Bristol thanks to YJ Bairstow’s 90 and Moeen Ali’s 16-ball half-century. The tables were turned in Cardiff when the visitors passed 200 with an unbeaten 96 from the returning man due to Brexit (long story), Rilee Roussouw.

It’s also of note that this is England’s final limited-overs match of the summer and a T20 World Cup is around the corner in October and November. So there’s quite a bit in this. Especially for Jason Roy, who has had a poor time of it throughout. I’ll be back with the toss and the teams shortly. And of course, you can drop me a line throughout the afternoon to the usual place, or tweet me if that’s more your thing.

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