Ton up for the Oval – but will England or South Africa be celebrating?
The Third Test between England and South Africa will take place at the Oval, and will mark the famous venue’s 100th Test.
And fittingly for a ground with so much history and pedigree, it’s the stage for arguably the most pivotal Test of the entire series.
Joe Root’s England, having comfortably skittled out the Proteas at Lord’s, were woeful at Trent Bridge, as South Africa levelled the contest with ease.
Root will have learned an awful lot about being England captain in Nottingham, and it will be most intriguing to see how the Yorkshireman goes about getting his side back on track.
The value lies with South Africa, who will be on a high after that thumping win last time out, while some of the squad managed a few morale-boosting days back home last week too.
England meanwhile, have had all that time to work out what went so badly wrong in Nottingham, why it went so badly wrong, and how to ensure they don’t suffer a repeat.
There will be a few changes for both sides at the Oval, with Tom Westley in at three for England in place of the injured Gary Ballance, while South Africa welcome back Kagiso Rabada from suspension.
The 22-year-old fast bowler will be raring to make up for lost time following his controversial absence from Trent Bridge, and is 3/1 to be South Africa’s top first innings wicket-taker.
James Anderson is the same price to do likewise for England.
Hashim Amla top-scored for the tourists in both innings at Trent Bridge, and will be a popular pick at 11/4 to do so in South Africa’s first efforts with the ball in Kennington.
England could really do with Root producing his form from Lord’s, where he opened his tenure as skipper with a sensational 190. Odds of 5/2 say he top-scores for his side in the first innings again.
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