6th over: South Africa 53-1 (Hendricks 21, Rossouw 31) Chris Jordan will post the finale on the power play. And what a fine shot from Rossouw off the second ball, cutting the short third late on to get his third four. And by raising his fine leg inside the circle as well, he makes it the fourth boundary, albeit from the inner edge. “It’s a moral victory for Chris Jordan,” said Ian Ward on Sky. “But he is under immediate pressure, conceding nine runs off his first three deliveries.” Now third boundary off the penultimate ball, through the covers by Rossouw. And he hammers to finish again through this gap – full authority. 17 over finishing the power play with Rossouw to work as the field fell back.
5th over: South Africa 36-1 (Hendricks 20, Rossouw 15) A quick single/leg bay to end the break. Willey is 1/15 to be bowled off the top.
They returned. Good news. No more, please – lots of sport this afternoon so lots of rain delays. Bye.
Sounds like a quick but annoying delay. One of those places where the rain won’t be strong enough get enough to turn them off keep turn them off. Oh, the hover cover is leaving the field as I write this, so players should be back soon.
Ugh, it’s raining. Sorry. The covers come off as Hendricks needs a quick concussion test after looking at his topside helmet on his way to the ropes.
4.5 overs: South Africa 35-1 (Hendricks 20, Rossouw 15)
4th: South Africa 28-1 (Hendricks 15, Rossouw 13) Topley falls short and Hendricks finds the middle of the bat first time, away for a four. To finish, he opens the off side and helps it over extra cover – four more. better.
“Afternoon Adam.” Brian Withington! Great to hear from you. “As you say, interesting interview with Eoin Morgan. However, I don’t think he adequately explained (or even tried?) the main question of why he decided to drop Roy for the 2017 semifinals.As for 2022, Roy is currently living in debt for my money. It supports the old guard very well, but what signal does it send to the young people knocking on the door?”
I suspect it might be on the agenda if they weren’t going to another World Cup, but they’ll be reluctant to move an experienced winner at this stage.
3rd: South Africa 17-1 (Hendricks 10, Rossouw 7) Wow, a beauty Willey turned Hendricks into a treat to start over – an aside was awarded. Rossouw finds three wickets when Hendricks gets his chance before being saved for the second time with an inside edge twice with another boundary from him. Living dangerously. Another excellent one from Willey, moving both ways.
2nd: South Africa 9-1 (Hendricks 5, Rossouw 4) Two left wingers to start with Reece Topley sharing the new ball. And he finds Hendrik’s inside edge with his second ball – a nice move, albeit in the air, but it spins away to the rope, outside left stump for South Africa’s first runs of the match. Ooh, confusion then Rossouw stopped the charge without Hendrick’s consent – he just goes back. Rossouw scores short over the midwife to finish; far from convincing, but enough for a boundary with the field during the first power play period.
1st: South Africa 0-1 (Hendricks 0, Rossouw 0) confirmed as NOT! Go through the middle and beyond. Nevertheless, a brilliant first from Willey, with off-track action throughout, a gatekeeper girl for the returning left fielder.
ENGLAND REVIEWS! Willey is confident that Rossouw has a foot in front of goal with the last ball of this eventful game and up they go. Height seems to be the main issue.
What a start for England! After two full and straight deliveries, Willey pulls his length back a bit and de Kock drags the ball back to middle stump.
The players are on the field. de Kock and Hendricks open for the visitors. The match ball is delivered in the back of one of the little cars they use for football games today, with Mark Butcher at the controls – fun and games. David Willey, who returns to the England XI today, takes the top spot. PLAYING!
Before we get into that, Plenty of sport to watch this afternoon with live blogs on the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix (Russell leads after 14 laps), the Comm Games and the build-up to the big race at Wembley. A day to keep many tabs open!
More so than Morgan. He believes they will have to contend with Adil Rashid rather than an all-rounder at the World Cup in Australia. He points to data from larger Australian territories where, on average, spinners have better economic performance than sailors in this form of the game. If not Adil Rashid (for whatever reason), it speaks to Liam Dawson’s chances as an experienced operator in franchise cricket bowling in all phases of the innings.
Eoin Morgan went straight into Sky. Sitting down with Ian Ward, Mike Atherton and Mark Butcher, it’s like he’s been doing this for ten years. Athers asks the former captain when he dropped Jason Roy for the semi-finals of the 2017 Champions Trophy, essentially asking when the right time might be in this collapse. “Keeping players around longer creates an element of trust,” he begins, before taking us back to the 2015 reset. “We wanted players to feel comfortable taking more risks. To do that, you have to let them fail and fail and fail again and keep supporting them.”
England: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (c & wk), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, David Willey, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley.
South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Rilee Rossouw, Aiden Markram, David Miller (c), Tristan Stubbs, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi.
Jos Buttler believes the pitch will remain “almost the same”. He endorses Willey for Gleeson as a change. “We’ve been looking for a complete performance all summer and there’s no better time to address it in the series.”
David Miller, playing his 100th T20i, says the Proteas have two changes, Markram and Nortje for Klaasen and Rabada, the latter with an ankle injury.
David Willey for Richard Gleeson? We’ll find out in a shootout in five minutes.
It feels like South Africa have been playing white ball internationals in the country for a month or so. Perhaps it’s a function of their stretch starting just two days after a stacked match against India, or the fact that the Proteas women are on tour here at the same time. Jos Buttler’s side may be playing their 12th game in 24 days. Or maybe it’s just me. Anyway… enjoy again! Welcome to the third and final T20 international from Southampton on this very busy day of sport around the United Kingdom.
The series is all square with the England camp noting that it would be timely to win the trophy here with the failure in the aforementioned summer series. Thanks to YJ Bairstow’s 90 and Moeen Ali’s 16th half-century, they took the opener with ease, posting a 234-6 in Bristol. The tables were turned in Cardiff when the visitors passed an unbeaten 96 with 200 from returnee Rilee Roussouw due to Brexit (long story).
It’s also worth noting that this is England’s last limited-overs game of the summer season, with the T20 World Cup looming in October and November. So there’s very little to it. Especially for Jason Roy, who was having a bad time the entire time. I’ll be back with the shootout and teams soon. And of course you can drop me a line at the usual place in the afternoon or tweet me if that’s more your thing.