Fantasy Cricket Team for England vs South Africa, 3rd Test

We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.

Kennington Oval London Pitch Report for England vs South Africa, 3rd Test

1st innings average score: 347

2nd innings average score: 305

3rd innings average score: 238

4th innings average score: 157

Type: Decent batting wicket. Can offer early movement for the seamers.

Time: September 8, 3.30 PM IST

Probable Playing XIs for England & South Africa:

Playing XI for England: Zak Crawley, Alex Lees, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Ben Stokes (c), Harry Brook, Ben Foakes (wk), Ollie Robinson, Jack Leach, James Anderson, Stuart Broad

Probable XI for South Africa: Dean Elgar (c), Sarel Erwee, Keegan Petersen, Aiden Markram, Khaya Zondo, Kyle Verreynne (wk), Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi/Marco Jansen, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Glenton Stuurman/Simon Harmer

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Form Concerns 

Aiden Markram’s lean run with the bat will bother South Africa. He has managed only 164 runs at 16 in his last 10 Test innings.

One wonders for how long will England keep faith in Zak Crawley’s abilities with the bat. In his last 10 attempts at opening the innings, he has been dismissed for a single-digit score on 6 occasions.

Despite favourable conditions, Lungi Ngidi has taken only 3 wickets in this series. Marco Jansen could replace him for the final game: he can be handy with the bat as well.

Smart Fantasy Picks for England vs South Africa, 3rd Test

Ben Foakes made a huge difference in fantasy leagues with a brilliant 113* in the first innings at Manchester. With the gloves, he has pouched 10 catches in the series. Look further for a wicketkeeper choice!

After a failure at Lord’s, James Anderson made his presence felt at Manchester by bagging a three-wicket haul in both innings. In this series, he has dismissed Dean Elgar twice in three innings. He has got 10 wickets in his last 3 visits to the Oval.

Dean Elgar hasn’t been at his best in this series and has collected only 70 runs in 3 attempts. However, he will have fond memories of coming back to the Oval, where he got a splendid 136 in the second innings in 2017.

Although Keegan Petersen has got starts in all three innings (24, 21, and 42), he hasn’t been able to convert those into anything substantial. That said, if anyone has the ability to bat for long periods in this young South Africa batting order, it is him.

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Fantasy Power Picks for ENG vs SA, 3rd Test

Given how Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje have operated in this series, it wouldn’t be overly optimistic to expect them to strike big once again. They are the joint-leading wicket-takers (9).

Ben Stokes loves playing against South Africa. His all-round heroics in the second Test (103 in the first innings and 2 wickets each in both innings) changed the fortunes of several fantasy players.

Joe Root will be keen on making amends in the third Test after three consecutive single-digit scores. At the Oval, he has accumulated 649 runs at 54, including 2 centuries and 3 fifties.

Fantasy Tip for Today’s Match

England’s top order has been all at sea against quality pace bowling for a while. In this series, seamers from both sides have been striking big and helping fantasy players reap rewards.

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