England left frustrated by the rain at The Oval as the first day of their decisive test against South Africa is washed out without a pitch being thrown
- First day of third and decisive Test was abandoned without a ball being bowled
- England won the toss and gave South Africa the bat, but a show stopped the game
- A frustrating day of covers on and off followed before the game was discontinued
The first day of the third and decisive test between England and South Africa at The Oval was washed away by rain on Thursday and no play was possible.
England won the toss and put South Africa to the fore, only for a shower of rain to sweep in and end proceedings minutes before the players take to the field.
A frustrating day of covers on and off followed before an official announcement came at 15:45 GMT stating that play would not be possible.
Ollie Robinson, Stuart Broad and James Anderson watch from the English balcony as the rain falls
More rain is forecast for London for Friday, although the outlook for the weekend looks brighter.
The series is at 1-1 and both tests end in three days. South Africa won the first with an inning and 12 runs at Lord’s, but were hammered by an innings and 85 runs in the second at Old Trafford.
England have brought in debuting batsman Harry Brook to replace Jonny Bairstow, who suffered a serious leg injury while playing golf last week.
The first day of the third and decisive test at The Oval was washed away by the rain
Brook has averaged 107 in first-class cricket this season, scoring 140 in England Lions’ non-first-class game against South Africa before the series started.
South Africa, which lost Rassie van der Dussen to a broken finger and Lungi Ngidi as a precaution, made four changes from the second test.
Ryan Rickelton, Khaya Zondo, Wiaan Mulder and Marco Jansen are inside, with Aiden Markram and Simon Harmer the others to make way.
A frustrating day of covers on and off followed before the game was discontinued for the day