England have decided to rest allrounders Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes for the third and final ODI against South Africa at Lord’s on Monday.
With the hosts already having wrapped up the series on Saturday, the England management said that all three players are carrying minor niggles and won’t be risked ahead of the Champions Trophy that starts on Thursday.
Stokes will be the biggest worry as the Durham player only bowled four overs in the last two games against the Proteas due to a knee injury.
Moeen, who has a groin strain, and Woakes, who also missed th second ODI after feeling stiffness in his thigh, are thought to be rested just as a precautionary measure.
Steven Finn, Toby Roland-Jones and Liam Dawson have been called into the squad as the home side eye a series whitewash at the home of cricket.