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South Africa v England: third Test, day one – live!

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South Africa v England: third Test, day one – live!

Hello, welcome and experience the repeated coverage of the third test between South Africa and England in Port Elizabeth. Let's start with something exciting, a list of scores: 1-1, 1-0, 2-1, 2-1, 2-2, 1-2, 1-2, 1-1, 0-2, 1-2 , 3-1. These are the results of the series between these sides since South Africa was readmitted in 1991. No lime, not even a defeat, and only three erasers killed in 11 series.

South Africa and England have been the most similar teams in the cricket world for the past 30 years. Some may say that it is because they are essentially the same team, but this probably should be considered by Guardian Sport's SuperBrains. What we can say with confidence is that disputes between the two usually come with a guarantee of tense, hard-nosed and occasionally brilliant cricket.

This series, which was no different, will end with consecutive games in Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg. If you believe in the word M, then England won it after their exciting victory in the second test in Cape Town. But they will not have one of the stars of the match: Jimmy Anderson, who had frankly absurd match numbers of 37-15-63-7, returned home with the latest manifestation of professional old age.

His replacement will likely be Mark Wood, who is bowling like the wind – or even Typhoon – in the hammocks. Port Elizabeth has a reputation for being the slowest course in South Africa, so England wants what we are now forced to call the X-factor player. There was also a lot of talk about the reverse swing. Step slow or not, I doubt the next few days will be monotonous. After all, it's England v South Africa.

The match starts at 8am in England, 10am in Port Elizabeth.



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