England players stand as the national anthem is played ahead of the 3rd Test.© AFP
Before the third Test between England and South Africa got underway at The Oval in London, the ground paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, who died on Thursday. The match was supposed to start on Thursday, but the first day’s play was washed out with rain. Friday’s play was called off in memory of the Queen. The match started on Day 3 of the Test, with both teams entering the field with the crowd standing in silence. The players passed through a military guard of honour.
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There was a minute’s silence before an NCO of the Irish Guards chimed the bell.
The South African national anthem was sung and then the updated English anthem followed, with the crowd joining in.
The crowd then burst into applause before the match got underway.
The two teams came into the match with the series tied at 1-1.
While South Africa inflicted an innings defeat on England in the first match, winning it in three days, England had their revenge in the second game with an innings defeat of their own.
Given that both matches were finished in three days, maybe the fact that the third Test will have only three days may not hamper chances of one of the sides getting a result out of it.
Winning the toss and opting to field, England got off to a brilliant start with the ball.
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