England v South Africa: third ODI – live!

It’s Lord’s, it’s a bank holiday, it’s England v South Africa, it’s AB de Villiers. But... it’s a dead rubber, it’s due to rain, and England are expected to be without Stokes, Woakes or Moeen. To lose one all-rounder to a minor injury may be considered a misfortune; to lose three looks like it may have been unwise to let two of them play in the IPL.

The astonishing twist on Saturday, when South Africa needed seven off the last over and managed only four, has left this game looking a bit limp. In cricket, though, there are always sub-plots. South Africa need a win to pump up their tyres for the Champions Trophy, in which they are widely tipped to reach the semi-finals. They also need to make their mark at Lord’s, having never won a one-day game there: in three appearances, all against England, they’ve made totals ranging from 107 to 220. It’s an odd record given that Lord’s Tests bring out the best in tndhem – they’ve played five in modern times, won four a drawn one.

Tim will be here soon.

In the meantime, here’s some follow-up from England’s victory in the second ODI to seal the series.

Related: Ben Stokes leads England injury worries before final ODI against South Africa

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