It’s been said before, and you’ve no doubt already seen it, but Ben Stokes deserves some credit for this tweet and sentiment. I’m enjoying his energy right now. Stating his intention to win, strike the right note.
Here are a few standout quotes from his chat with Sky earlier
It has been very sad news not only for the nation but for the whole world with the passing of the Queen. She was someone who dedicated her life to the nation, someone from whom we draw incredible inspiration, and we are honored to be able to take to the field in memory of the Queen.
We know how much the Queen loved this sport and the show must go on. I’m sure she’ll be looking down on all the sports still going on this weekend and we’ll be going out there in her honor. I am very happy and proud that we can do it.
Sport is something people come to watch and enjoy, but it also brings people together. The way we have played, we have tried to do this summer. We probably have even more of a chance to do that as it’s only three days of cricket. Everything we do out on the pitch this week will be to try and get a result this week. We don’t draw, so we go out there and try to do everything to win.
While we gear up, take a look at this biscuits from Barney.
Hey folks. Have already received a few emails about the weather. Full disclosure, when I wrote my preamble, the sun was out. I popped out for a quick bite (a half-decent sausage patty if you ask) and when I came back it was gone. A blanket of dark gloom now pays homage to our favorite star. Jimmy and Co will love this.
Good morning and welcome to
day one day two day three of this third and final Test between England and South Africa.
If you are mourning the passing of Queen Elizabeth, I hope cricket provides you with joy and distraction.
It should be a great game to take your mind off events across the border. We have 294 overs over three days to decide the series. That might not sound like much, but considering the first Test lasted 171.5 overs and the second was finished in 245.1, we could well see another big success.
There are lots of changes for South Africans. Aiden Markram’s form, Rassie van der Dussen’s broken finger, Lungi Ngidi’s hamstring as well as Simon Harmer’s inability to bowl left-arm rackets from a two-metre frame mean that Khaya Zondo, Ryan Rickelton, Wiaan Mulder and Marco Jansen are included.
Dean Elgar’s troops bat first, meaning Harry Brook’s Test debut begins in the field. There are no other changes for England.
The sun is out at The Oval, the real home of cricket, according to Ollie Pope. We are nearing the end of a brilliant summer. We hope the players give us a proper send off.
Grab a few.