England face South Africa in the third Test on September 8, 2022, at The Oval in London from 3.30 PM IST (Indian Standard Time). 

The England cricket team beat South Africa by an innings and 85 runs in the second Test in Manchester, courtesy of a brilliant all-round performance by Ben Stokes. The English captain picked four wickets in the match and also scored 103 runs with the bat. The Three Lions put on 415 runs with the bat after bowling out the Proteas for just 151 runs in the first innings. In the second innings, South Africa were bundled out for just 179 runs as England levelled the three-match series 1-1.

The South African cricket team had an excellent start to the series when they beat England by an innings and 12 runs in the first Test at Lords. However, South Africa’s inexperienced middle order was exposed completely by the English bowlers in the second Test. The conditions at the Oval are likely to favour swing bowlers and the Proteas will have to figure out ways to score runs against the likes of Anderson and Broad to save the series.

England vs South Africa 3rd Test odds

10CRIC odds: England: 2.02, South Africa: 3.28, Draw: 3.24

Betway odds: England: 2.00, South Africa: 3.25, Draw: 3.25

Parimatch odds: England: 1.50, South Africa: 2.60, Draw: 3.25

1xBet odds: England: 2.05, South Africa: 3.78, Draw: 3.24

Note: Odds are subject to change. Please visit betting sites to check and confirm the latest odds.

England vs South Africa head-to-head in Tests

England have won 65 out of the 155 Tests while South Africa have won 35 matches; the remaining 55 games have ended in a draw.

England have won four of the last five Tests against South Africa while Proteas have won only once.

England vs South Africa squads

England: Ben Stokes (captain), James Anderson, Ben Duckett, Stuart Broad, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes (wicketkeeper), Jack Leach, Alex Lees, Craig Overton, Matthew Potts, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson.

South Africa: Dean Elgar (captain), Sarel Erwee, Simon Harmer, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Duanne Olivier, Keegan Petersen, Kagiso Rabada, Ryan Rickelton, Lutho Sipamla, Glenton Stuurman, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne (wicketkeeper), Khaya Zondo.

England vs South Africa 3rd Test probable playing XI

England: Alex Lees, Zack Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Ben Duckett, Ben Stokes (captain), Ben Foakes (wicketkeeper), Stuart Broad, Ollie Robinson, Jack Leech, James Anderson.

South Africa: Dean Elgar (captain), Sarel Erwee, Keegan Petersen, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne (wicketkeeper), Simon Harmer, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada.

England vs South Africa combined fantasy XI

Dean Elgar, Zack Crawley, Joe Root (captain), Keegan Petersen, Aiden Markram, Ben Stokes, Kyle Verreynne (wicketkeeper), Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Ollie Robinson, James Anderson.

England top picks vs South Africa 3rd Test

Joe Root: The former England captain will be the most important batter for the Three Lions in the upcoming fixture. Root has been England’s most consistent batter in the last six years and will play a crucial role in his team's success in the final Test. The 31-year-old has scored 10,481 runs in the longest format of the game at an average of 50.14. However, Root has had a poor series so far and his performance could very well be the deciding factor for England in this series. 

James Anderson: The right-arm pacer is just six wickets away from becoming the third-highest wicket-taker in international cricket. Anderson has picked 664 wickets in Test cricket and has been England's spearhead for nearly two decades now. The 40-year-old has picked 100 wickets against South Africa in this format and will be England’s most dependable bowlers at the Oval.

South Africa top picks England 3rd Test

Kagiso Rabada: The 27-year-old is currently South Africa’s best bowler across formats. Rabada has picked 252 wickets at an average of 22.36 in the longest format. He has picked nine wickets in this series and will play an important role for the Proteas in the final Test. Rabada picked seven wickets in the first Test helping South Africa to win the game by an innings and 12 runs.

Dean Elgar: The 35-year-old will play an important role in giving South Africa a good start against England. The left-handed batter has been the backbone for the Proteas in the longest format and been highly instrumental in South Africa’s recent success in Tests. Elgar has scored 4934 runs at an average of 39.15. Against England, Elgar has scored 889 runs in 26 innings, including two centuries and three half-centuries.

England vs South Africa 3rd Test prediction

England will have the advantage of playing at home and are favourites to beat South Africa in the third Test. The Three Lions have dominated the Proteas in this format and are likely to beat them at the Oval.

Meanwhile, South Africa have a bunch of talented players but will have an uphill task against a strong English bowling attack.

England vs South Africa 3rd Test playing conditions and weather report

Maximum Temperature: 20°C

Precipitation: 80%

Humidity: 78%

Wind: 10 km/h

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