England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have announced their men’s squad for the upcoming third and final Test against South Africa that will start next Thursday (September 8) at the Kennington Oval in London.
The selection panel made up of captain Ben Stokes, head coach Brendon McCullum and managing director Rob Key, have decided to keep their 14-member group that played in the second Test, which the hosts won by an innings-and-85-runs at Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester.
Notably, the upcoming third and final Test is the series decider as both sides have won a match each. In the opening game, South Africa registered a victory by an innings and 12 runs.
Not to mention, England’s unchanged squad came as no surprise because captain Stokes was super impressed after the clinical display by his troops in the second Test.
“To come back from last week’s disappointment at Lord’s to put in the performance we have this week, it obviously gives us a lot of confidence back and sets the series up nicely for the last game at the Oval,” Stokes had said after the second Test.
“We completely forgot about that performance [at Lord’s]. The way we batted, bowled and fielded in this game was the benchmark of the standards we set,” he added.
England squad for third Test:
Ben Stokes (c), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes (wk), Jack Leach, Alex Lees, Craig Overton, Matthew Potts, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root.