England wins toss, bats in 3rd ODI vs. South Africa

Feb 9, 2016

England winning their one-day series in South Africa would “mean everything” to the team, says bowler Reece Topley. “I’m sure he would be [pleased] as well, to be part of the South African team again”. South Africa were a young team in transition, minus Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander.

England did not make any changes to their side.

Watch the best of England’s innings in the video at the top of the screen and then catch South Africa’s reply on Sky Sports 2.

Hampshire’s Topley, 21, took four wickets as England went 2-0 up with a five-wicket victory at Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

However, his displays in Test cricket have not been as good and he failed in the recent series against South Africa when opening with Alastair Cook.

The left-arm seamer, who will turn 22 this month, was in short pants the last time England inflicted a 5-0 ODI series whitewash on anyone – in Zimbabwe in 2001. “We want to wrap it up in the next game here and we can put this series to bed and hopefully go for a 5-0”. Two series wins out of two -going into the World Twenty20 would be an wonderful feat for us.

“We’re in such a brilliant place at the minute”, he said. “We are very confident, the boys are loving where we are as a unit”. Eoin Morgan won the toss and chose to bat first.

Morgan wants to continue promoting the young and inexperienced players in English cricket. Another one-day series success here would be the third in four since the World Cup previous year, with both T20s played in that period also having been won.

“The results keep coming and we’re doing really well as a one-day side”, said Topley. Plunkett was his initial replacement but then suffered a thigh injury, leading to Broad’s retention on tour.

David Wiese fractured his hand during a warm-up fixture and is set to be out of action for six weeks. Any remotely wayward bowling was indefensible on the flat pitch and quick outfield and South Africa did tend to bowl a boundary ball an over up front.

South Africa: Quinton de Kock(w), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers(c), Jean-Paul Duminy, Rilee Rossouw, Farhaan Behardien, Chris Morris, Morne Morkel, Marchant de Lange, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Kyle Abbott, Kagiso Rabada, David Wiese. West Indies’ 300 for three, scored in 2004, is the record to date.

Joe Root left and Ben Stokes starred with the bat for England


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