Queen England v Proteas

The third Test between England and SA will resume on Saturday after Friday’s play was called off following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Photo: AFP

Proteas v England Test to go ahead after Queen Elizabeth II’s death

The third Test between England and SA will resume on Saturday after Friday’s play was called off following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Queen England v Proteas

The third Test between England and SA will resume on Saturday after Friday’s play was called off following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Photo: AFP

The third and deciding Test between England and the Proteas will resume on Saturday, 10 September after Friday’s second day was called off following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Play is scheduled to begin at 12:00 (SA time).

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In a press release from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), it was confirmed that the match at the Oval would resume on Saturday to “pay tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and honour her remarkable life and service”.

Day 1 of the England v Proteas match was washed out

Thursday’s opening day was washed out.

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“The decision has been taken after consultation with DCMS and in line with Official National Mourning guidance,” the statement read.

This means the Men’s Test match between England and South Africa will begin at The Oval and the Women’s IT20 match between England and India will also go ahead at the Riverside in Durham.

At the time of publishing, it has not yet been decided if an extra day will be added.

Currently the match will “go ahead as scheduled” – so Saturday will be day three of five – but the ECB is still “exploring” whether it is possible to extend the match into Tuesday.

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The ECB added that a minute’s silence will be observed followed by the national anthem before the match resumes.

All players and coaches will wear black armbands. Branded inventory will be replaced with messaging paying cricket’s respects to The Queen.

England won the toss and asked the Proteas to bat.

The three-match Test series is tied at 1-1.

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