England v South Africa LIVE: cricket score and third test result at the oval today

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England and South Africa return to the Oval for a brief cricket session this morning as the hosts are aiming for just 33 runs to win the third Test and win the series. Openers Alex Lees and Zak Crawley led England to the brink of victory last night as the home side went 97 unbeaten and chased a modest 130 before poor light intervened on Sunday’s fourth day.

Both batsmen came under scrutiny after a poor run but Crawley raced with some dominant shots on 57 of 44 balls and Lees is unbeaten on 32. The latter was dropped on the first ball of the inning by Marco Jansen on the fourth slip, a regular chance from bowling by Kagiso Rabada, and England used that luck to propel themselves towards a series win.

Looking ragged on the field, South Africa missed two chances to sack Crawley as their fight fizzled out in a hard-fought series. The referees took the players off the field after 50 minutes of play as they felt the light was not good enough to continue after ending the game early on Saturday when conditions appeared bright enough to continue.

Follow the finale of the third test below:

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Crawley is doing well

It’s been a rough summer for England’s opening batter Zak Crawley. Despite appearing in a victorious England side, Crawley’s poor form has been in the spotlight, with commentators and fans calling for him to be replaced at the top of the order.

Ben Stokes and Brendan McCullum both reiterated their faith in the 24-year-old and he repaid them on a dismal Sunday night yesterday.

With England needing 130 runs to win the series, Crawley and opening partner Alex Lees stepped out to a flyer with the Kent man combining moves and punches to regularly find the boundary.

He finished the day unbeaten on 57 carries with just 44 balls, making it his sixth 50 in 28 Tests and his first half-century of the summer. Can he finish work this morning?

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“This summer has been incredible,” says Anderson

James Anderson spoke to BBC Sport after the day’s game yesterday and addressed England’s turnaround in form this summer following the change in leadership. Ben Stokes took over as captain from Joe Root and Brendan McCullum replaced Chris Silverwood as head coach.

The team have won five out of six Test matches they’ve played so far and looks set to win six out of seven today. By contrast, England had won one of their last 17 Tests prior to this summer.

Anderson first spoke about Sunday’s actions before moving on to what it’s like to play with this new offensive mindset introduced by Stokes and McCullum, saying:

“We bowled really well throughout the game. We didn’t get our rewards in the first session but we kept hammering and bowling our best balls.

“This summer has been amazing, I loved every minute of it. Brendon and Ben changed the mindset of the group and test cricket around the world. The coach and captain were a breath of fresh air and I want to keep going for as long as possible.”

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England vs South Africa

England are closing in on a series win over South Africa as the third and final Test continues for day five. Ben Stokes’ men need just 33 runs left to win the game and take the series 2-1 after two days of exciting action at the Oval.

The Test was due to start on Thursday, with Stokes winning the toss, opting to bowl first only for the rain to wash away all day’s play. Friday’s game was then called off out of respect for the death of Queen Elizabeth II before cricket finally got underway on Saturday morning.

Stokes and England manager Brendan McCullum both promised exciting action ahead of the game and they delivered. 17 wickets fell on Saturday as England swept through the South African batting lineup to sack the Proteas for just 118, but they failed in response to end the day 154-7, just 36 runs ahead.

The hosts added just four runs to their overnight tally on Sunday morning before the South African had to bat again. Dean Elgar and Sarel Erwee laid up 58 for the first wicket before Stokes broke through and turned the momentum back in England’s favour. The four-man attack of James Anderson, Ollie Robinson, Stuart Broad and Stokes himself was once again too much for the visitors, who dropped to 169, giving England 130 runs to win the series.

Alex Lees and Zak Crawley were on target to beat the total yesterday and came out with an offensive mindset. Despite struggling for runs that summer, Crawley blasted himself to 57* with just 44 balls while Lee’s added 32*. England were 97-0 with 50 minutes to go before the referees ruled the players eliminated for poor lighting.

Play resumes this morning and England need just 33 more runs to win with all 10 wickets in hand.

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BAD LIGHT STOPS PLAYING! England 97/0 (17.0), Lees 32, Crawley 57 – England need 33 left to win

And yes, the referees determined that the light was too poor to continue. They took a measurement when they got out last night, which sets the benchmark for the rest of the test match. It has now fallen well below that.

England don’t look happy – Ben Stokes looks angry on the balcony but that’s probably about it for the day…

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England 97/0 (17.0), Lees 32, Crawley 57 – England need 33 left to win

A Lees single from the first ball of Jansen’s over before Crawley takes one from a pull shot. Well timed by Lees as he crunches a FOUR through the covers.

Required down to 33, but the light is approaching… Here the umpires confer

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England 91/0 (16.0), Lees 27, Crawley 56 – England need 39 to win

FALL! Crawley absolutely catches another hit off his pads in the side of his leg, flying to the midwicket where Rickelton does well to get his hands on it, but the ball lands on the floor. That looks painful. single assigned.

Lees then gets a single ahead of Crawley EDGE another right between the wicketkeeper and the first slip. They leave it to each other, so it hits the ground and sprints away FOUR. Happy, but he probably deserves some happiness after the summer he’s had. Now only 39 are needed.

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England 85/0 (15.0), Lees 26, Crawley 51 – England need 45 more to win

An EDGE from Crawley, but soft enough to miss and run past the slips FOUR runs. Even without the ball. Then another glorious cover ride for FOUR from the Kent man. This is the most convincing thing he has sought in English colors in a while.

And from the next ball he brings his up 50! A stunning punch from his legs for FOUR! This is his first half century of summer. Single to finish. Eighth-fastest half-century for England in 36-ball tests.

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England 71/0 (14.0), Lees 26, Crawley 38 – England need 59 to win

Nortje took a bit of a beating during his previous over and Crawley starts off in a similar vein as he puts the opening delivery through the roof FOUR. Also a no-ball, actually FIVE!

Crawley is looking good out there and only a good fielding prevents another boundary as he hits cover hard again. Just a single thank you to the dive stop.

Required runs fall below 60…

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England 65/0 (13.0), Lees 26, Crawley 33 – England need 65 more to win

The fact that we’ve just had a drink tells you how long the day should be, but just like yesterday, the light will likely limit this day.

Crawley pulls superbly through square leg for FOUR runs and it’s the same shot from the following ball but only one as he finds a man on the border this time. England halfway there.

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50 ON! England 60/0 (12.0), Lees 26, Crawley 28 – England need 70 more to win

It wasn’t always pretty, but it is 50 ON for those two under-fire England opening games FOUR Legbyes get past the goalie in a distraction.

Two off the following ball and then a single to put Crawley on strike, who scores a stunning crunch FOUR through the covers. That’s where Crawley is at his best.

Nortje ended up scoring 12 from the over thanks to a single from the last ball. This is also BEVERAGES!

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