England will aim for a first limited-overs series win of Jos Buttler’s fledgling tenure as captain when they take on South Africa at Headingley in the third Royal London One-Day International.
Buttler 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
England vs. South Africa updates, highlights and analysis from the 3rd ODI at Headingley
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.
Unchanged for the decider!
South Africa win the toss and elect to bat.
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 24, 2022
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.
That was fun! 😃 pic.twitter.com/B17LekvZXL
— Joe Root (@root66) July 5, 2022
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 predicted lineups
There is a good chance of both XIs remaining unchanged in Leeds. For England, this is partly down to a lack of alternatives within the initial squad selected for the games. Ben Stokes has retired from ODIs, Harry Brook was released to play County Championship cricket for Yorkshire and seamer Brydon Carse is out with a bruised big toe.
Predicted 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
On to Leeds for the decider
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 22, 2022
In South Africa’s case, the sense is that their accomplished showing at Durham will carry far more selection weight than a collapse in a reduced-overs slog at Old Trafford.
Predicted 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
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