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Rabada promises to rattle England middle order

The Proteas bowlers sense an opportunity to make an impact in favourable conditions when play resumes on Friday in the third Test match against England at The Oval. Rain curtailed an action-packed opening day, leaving the hosts at 171/4 when early stumps was called with only 59 overs bowled in the day.

Kagiso Rabada, who made a return after missing the last match, says the match is in the balance, but hopes the attack can use the sporting conditions to make further inroads into England’s line-up. 

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Cook keeps Proteas seamers at bay on an absorbing day

England's Alastair Cook fought an all-day battle with the Standard Bank Proteas five-man attack as the two sides fought for supremacy on the opening day of the third Test match at The Oval in London on Thursday.

On balance, the Proteas could probably claim to hold a slight advantage, particularly after losing the toss, as they restricted England to 171/4 on a rain-shortened opening day on which only 59 overs were possible to be bowled.

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Du Plessis cautions against complacency

Proteas captain, Faf du Plessis, has cautioned against complacency heading into the third Test match against England starting at The Oval on Thursday. The Proteas enter the match as favourites following their 340-run win in the second match in Nottingham, but will be wary of a fightback from the hosts, who have been under close scrutiny and criticism throughout the week.

An overriding characteristic of Du Plessis’ captaincy has been his simple and candid approach to the role, which has been clear in his message to the players in preparation for the series-defining match.

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Amla hopes for more magic at favourite ground

South African batsman, Hashim Amla, hopes for a repeat of history in the third Test match against England starting at The Oval on Thursday. It is almost five years to the day of Amla’s record-breaking innings of 311, a marathon 13-hour masterclass that steered the Proteas to an innings and 12-run win in 2012.

The 34-year-old’s innings has been hailed as one of the most memorable at the venue, which will become the fourth ground after Lord’s, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) to host 100 Test matches. True to his nature, the star batsman reflects on the memorable team win, rather than the achievement of holding the record for the highest Test score by a South African batsman.

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England name squad for Third Test against South Africa

England National Cricket Selectors have named the following 13-man squad for the third Investec Test match against South Africa starting at the Kia Oval on Thursday July 27 2017.

England third Test Squad:

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