England beat South Africa by 104 runs
And now everyone else has to follow that…
1734 BST: WICKET! Tahir c Root b Stokes 0 (1 ball)
And that’s that! A day that started with Tahir running all around The Oval in celebration ends with him fencing a catch to Root at slip. Fittingly, it’s Stokes who has the final word, adding two wickets in two balls to his runs, run out and ridicucatch. Statement win from England. They will take some stopping.
1733 BST: WICKET! Rabada c Plunkett b Stokes 11 (19 balls, 2×4, SR: 57.89)
Wickets as well now for Stokes. What a day he’s had. Rabada takes on the short ball, picks out Plunkett on the square-leg fence.
1727 BST: WICKET! Amla c Buttler b Plunkett 13 (23 balls, 1×4, SR: 56.52)
Slower-ball bouncer from middle-over GOAT Plunkett does the trick. Amla has a flappy hook at it, feathering the ball to Buttler and walking off without waiting for the umpire’s decision.
1716 BST: South Africa 183/7 (36 overs)
And now he’s having a bowl as well.
Not normal, is it?pic.twitter.com/g7HUhtLP11
— Cricket365 (@Cricket365) May 30, 2019
1710 BST: WICKET! Phehlukwayo c Stokes b Rashid 24 (25 balls, 4×4, SR: 96.00)
Or Phehlukwayo will absolutely nail a slog-sweep and be utterly, ridiculously, impossibly caught one-handed by a flying Ben Stokes. If we see a better catch at this World Cup we are in for something special. That is ridiculous.
1705 BST: South Africa 180/6 (34 overs)
That’s drinks, with South Africa’s required rate now up above eight an over despite Phehlukwayo – who’s going nicely – using Archer’s pace to flick the ball away to the fine-leg boundary. Still feel like Phehlukwayo could smack one straight up in the air at any moment off Rashid. Another stunning stop from Roy in that last Archer over. He’s been magnificent at backward-point today.
Jason Roy has been superb in the field today. So far he has saved 10 runs. Fielding runs saved (catches, run outs and stops), recorded by @CricViz, will be part of the broadcast in this World Cup. #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/Y2U3QW0sSA
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) May 30, 2019
1655 BST: WICKET! Van der Dussen c Ali b Archer 50 (61 balls, 4×4, 1×6, SR: 81.96)
And that, you’d think, is that. Morgan senses the moment and brings back Archer, already very much the main man in this his fourth ODI, and a short ball is just too quick for van der Dussen, who splices it to mid-on where Ali takes the simplest of catches. Hashim Amla is back in the middle; this makes sense. If he was going to bat again today at all, it had to be now. There’s only the tail to come.
1651 BST: South Africa 167/5 (31 overs)
England lose their review on an lbw shout against Phehlukwayo, playing back to Rashid and hit in front of absolutely everything. But it’s pitched just outside leg. Excellent decision from Kumar Dharmasena because it looked dead. Buttler, to his credit, immediately indicated to Morgan that it might have pitched outside, but Morgan decided to take the punt. Required rate up above 7.5 an over now, and not a huge amount of batting to come unless Amla can return.
1649 BST: Rassie van der Dussen 50* (56 balls, 4×4, 1×6, SR: 89.28)
Six half-centuries in nine ODIs for van der Dussen. A calm and uncomplicated cricketer. Lots to like.
1647 BST: South Africa 166/5 (30.1 overs)
Bit of a partnership developing. And how South Africa need it. Phehlukwayo is a dangerous hitter and has got a couple of early boundaries away, while van der Dussen – having struggled desperately against Rashid early on – is looking rock-solid now.
1635 BST: WICKET! Pretorius run out (Stokes/Morgan) 1 (1 balls, SR: 100)
South African wheels all over The Oval now. Pretorius takes a crazy second run to Ben Stokes’ arm. The throw isn’t right over the stumps at the bowler’s end, but Morgan still has time to gather it in and get back to the wicket before Pretorius can make his ground. Things looking very, very good for England now. Still no sign of Amla either as Phehlukwayo joins van der Dussen.
1631 BST: WICKET! Duminy c Stokes b Ali 8 (11 balls, 1×4, SR: 72.72)
That’s not very smart from Duminy. Having picked Moeen off beautifully over midwicket for a one-bounce four, he then tries to go over Stokes at long-off and gets nowhere near it. Looking at the replay, he was actually trying to go more over cover, but that’s such a tough shot to play so early in your innings having already got the boundary you needed in the over.
1620 BST: WICKET! De Kock c Root b Plunkett 68 (74 balls, 6×4, 2×6, SR: 91.89)
Big moment, and, as so often in recent years, Plunkett is the man for the middle overs. De Kock’s charge is halted as an attempt to swing Plunkett away over long-leg instead finds only the safe hands of Joe Root. Big pressure on South Africa’s middle-order now. It doesn’t look to be their strength.
1616 BST: South Africa 125/2 (22 overs)
Two more boundaries for van der Dussen in the over – the first a delightful reverse-lap, the second a genuine edge wide of Buttler – and South Africa are suddenly firmly back on track. And there’s good news on Amla too…
Amla has been assessed. And… there's no conclusion. He will have another concussion test later. At that stage, he can still bat. Said to be 'doing fine.'
— George Dobell (@GeorgeDobell1) May 30, 2019
1612 BST: South Africa 115/2 (21.1 overs)
A sensible and necessary injection from South Africa as de Kock carves Plunkett over extra cover for six and van der Dussen finally sees one he recognises and deposits Moeen handsomely over long-off for six more. There’s some fun and games as Root attempts to retrieve the ball and briefly gets stuck among the black sheeting covering the seats around the sightscreen. Disappears from view before reappearing out of the bottom of the sheet. Disappointing that he didn’t emerge dressed as, say, his favourite singer.
1604 BST: South Africa 95/2 (19 overs)
The required rate ticks on to seven an over. Not a problem yet, but based on what we saw in the first half of the day South Africa can’t let it climb much higher.
1558 BST: Quinton de Kock 50* (58 balls, 5×4, 1×6)
Not his quickest, but he’s in and looking good now. England certainly won’t feel they’re really on top of this one while he remains at the crease.
1553 BST: South Africa 86-2 (17 overs)
South Africa behind the pace at drinks. Van der Dussen, it’s fair to say, is not picking Rashid having lunged desperately at a googly and gloved it fortuitously into the legside for a single. De Kock is looking good on 49 – that one massive slice of Zing-assisted good fortune aside – and looks to be absolutely the key to South Africa’s chances here.
1548 BST: South Africa 74/2 (15 overs)
Rashid bowling beautifully here. He’s through three overs for just 13 runs – four of which should really have been a wicket.
1546 BST: South Africa 73/2 (14.1 overs)
Bad over for Buttler, who drops van der Dussen and then lets one through his legs for four byes. Not the first untidy moments for Buttler with the gloves this summer, and with Bairstow in the side…
1537 BST: South Africa 55/2 (11.4 overs)
An extraordinary let-off for de Kock in Rashid’s first over as he bottom edges the ball into the off stump, only for the Zing bail to remain in its groove. To add to Rashid’s frustration, the ball ricochets away for four. My word, that has hit the stumps hard. There are questions to answer about the Zings, you have to say. It definitely happens far more often than with regular bails.
1530 BST: WICKET! Du Plessis c Ali b Archer 5 (7 balls, 1×4)
He’s just got *it*, hasn’t he? Special talent, this bloke. Short ball, top edge from the South African captain and Moeen Ali does the rest at long-leg.
1519 BST: WICKET! Markram c Root b Archer 11 (12 balls, 2×4, SR: 91.17)
Archer makes the breakthrough. Markram gets another gorgeous cover-drive away to the fence but then looks to force through the offside off the back foot and edges to Root at a floating wide slip. Smart chest-high catch as well.
1516 BST: South Africa 31/0 (6.5 overs)
Jason Roy has already made two boundary-saving diving stops at backward point. Can’t do anything about a crisp Markram cover-drive, though, and that’s his first boundary.
1512 BST: South Africa 26/0 (6 overs)
Very good this from England. We’re seeing that this pitch isn’t as flat as it occasionally looked in the first half of the day, and Archer in particular is giving the batsmen a thorough examination. Already the required rate has nudged up to 6.5 an over.
1504 BST: And Amla is leaving the field. Have to think that’s a decision forced upon him by the concussion tests. Hopefully we’ll see him again later, but that was a very hefty impact.
1459 BST: South Africa 14/0 (3.5 overs)
Oof. Vicious, rapid short ball from Archer is through Amla’s attempted hook shot and thuds hard into the batting helmet. That will need to be replaced, and Amla will have to go through the concussion protocols. Four helmets are rushed on to the field so that Amla can pick the one that fits best. They don’t always have that many spare bats.
1454 BST: South Africa 8/0 (2.4 overs)
Very solid start for Woakes and Archer with the new balls, backed up well in the field. First boundary of the innings arrives with an edge from de Kock wide of a diving Buttler and through a spot where slip had until recently been standing.
1442 BST: South Africa’s run-chase about to begin. Fascinating to see how this goes. England marginal favourites at halfway for me on a pitch that is good for batting but not an absolute road. We’ve also probably seen both sides’ strongest suit in the first half of the game. De Kock feels like a key man to this chase; if he can get South Africa off to a fast start against the quicks then the run-rate won’t become a problem for the middle-order in the middle overs.
1413 BST: END OF INNINGS: England 311/8
That’s a job well done for South Africa, but blimey that’s still a fair chunk of runs to score. You’d have to fancy their chances, though. England’s bowlers must take heed of the way slower balls proved so very difficult to get away. You have to think South Africa would be less able to recover from the early setback than England were, while the double loss of set batsmen inside 20 overs would also derail them. But with a decent start, the Proteas should feel this is at least a 50-50 chase. I mean, give Hashim a couple of days at The Oval he’d score 311 on his own.
Five consecutive team scores of 300+ in ODIs:
6 Aus 2006-07
5 SL 2006
5 Ind 2017
5 Eng 2019 (all in one calendar month)#EngvRSA
— Ric Finlay (@RicFinlay) May 30, 2019
1411 BST: England 305/8 (49.2 overs)
Jofra Archer’s first act in World Cup cricket is to thump Rabada through cover for four.
Lungi Ngidi with more slower deliveries frustrating recipients than an Uber Eats cyclist. #CWC19
— Vithushan Ehantharajah (@Vitu_E) May 30, 2019
1409 BST: WICKET! Stokes c Amla b Ngidi 89 (79 balls, 9×4, SR: 112.65)
Stokes tries to reverse paddle Ngidi but can’t clear Amla at short third-man. He falls 11 short of his century having grown visibly frustrated in the closing overs. England have exactly 300 with six balls to go.
1407 BST: England 300/7 (48.4 overs)
The 300 is up. Eight balls left to add to it. Worth stepping back to marvel at the absurdity of this, for so long the outer limits of their ODI ambitions, now being a disappointing total for England .
1404 BST: England 294/7 (48 overs)
Big end to Rabada’s over as Stokes somehow reaches a wide one outside off and, more extraordinary still, gets enough bat on it to reach the fence at cover before new batsman Plunkett swats a bouncer through square-leg for four more.
1400 BST: WICKET! Woakes c du Plessis b Rabada 13 (14 balls, 1×4)
Just hasn’t happened at all for England in these closing overs. Can’t find the boundary, can’t even finds the twos and a rather desperate slog from Woakes never looks like clearing de Plessis at long-on.
Looks like slower balls are the way to go on this Oval pitch.
— Lawrence Booth (@the_topspin) May 30, 2019
1359 BST: England 284/6 (47.1 overs)
South Africa gamble their review away in the latter stages of the innings after a Rabada yorker thuds painfully into Stokes’ shin having pitched well outside leg stump.
1354 BST: England 283/6 (46.4 overs)
The boundaries have dried up almost completely here. Superb stuff from South Africa, despite Phehlukwayo helping England along with three wides in the 47th over.
1341 BST: This South Africa very much a mixed-ability fielding side, but their good ones have held some belting catches today.
1337 BST: WICKET! Ali c du Plessis b Ngidi 3 (9 balls)
Yeah, gloves apart that’s not a good innings from Moeen. Three misses attempting to smash the cover off it before smearing one to long-on where du Plessis holds a smart catch. England 260/6 and fading. South Africa have done a superb job here, but still need to finish well.
1333 BST: England 257/5 (43 overs)
Stokes playing carefully in Tahir’s final over. Quite right, too. The risk of that celebration again is far worse than leaving a few runs behind. He’s bowled well, though, has Immie. As he generally does. Two key wickets – especially that dismissal of Bairstow in the very first over – and conceding 61 in 10 overs against this England team on this pitch is also a win.
1330 BST: England 254/5 (42.3 overs)
Genuinely no exaggeration to say Ngidi might have just provided the match-winning moment there. It’s the difference between a likely total of 310 and one of 350. In happier news for the hosts, Moeen Ali is batting in powder-blue batting gloves. In any sane sport that itself would be worth 20 or 30 runs.
1324 BST: WICKET! Buttler b Ngidi 18 (16 balls)
That’s a MASSIVE moment. No exaggeration to say Ngidi might have just saved South Africa 50 runs. Buttler bowled after getting awkwardly tucked up trying to pull and getting only a bottom edge. Proteas should be very happy with this position now.
1322 BST: England 246/4 (41 overs)
Ben Stokes is on 62 now. Stand down. Buttler, meanwhile, is 18 not out off 15 balls and hasn’t played a single shot yet.
1318 BST: England 235/4 (40 overs)
Ben Stokes is 56 not out.
This is to advise that no ODI innings has contained four individual scores between 50 and 59. #carefulBen
— Ric Finlay (@RicFinlay) May 30, 2019
1308 BST: Buttler’s first act is almost to run out Stokes. Think a direct hit would’ve been curtains. Would’ve been twice in the innings that England had lost both set batsmen within a few balls of each other. Feels like a very significant moment, that.
1304 BST: WICKET! Morgan c Markram b Tahir 57 (60 balls, 4×4, 3×6, SR: 95.00)
Morgan tries to clear long-on, but ends up hoping it his miscue will fall short. Thanks to a well-timed dive forward from Markram it does not. Cracking catch, which Tahir obviously acknowledges by running 200 yards in the opposite direction. Enter Jos.
1300 BST: Ben Stokes 50 (45 balls, 6×4)
After a slow start, Stokes has motored to his half-century. With de Kock up to the stumps, Stokes just delicately reverse-laps Pretorius to the third-man fence. Nightmare for the keeper, but great batting from Stokes.
1258 BST: England 209/3 (35.4 overs)
Stokes rightly on the full charge now. It will either come off, which is great, or it will bring Buttler to the crease, which is also great. Two fours in three balls, both after a step down the track, bring de Kock up to the stumps.
1255 BST: England 200/3 (34.5 overs)
England’s 200 is up. Mad how sedate 5.71 runs per over feels now. Stokes is starting to move, though. Slices a four to third-man then pulls for two to long-leg. Phehlukwayo has bowled far better than 1/30 off 5.5 overs suggests. May well be a theme for bowlers over the coming weeks. England have their foundations. Buttler, you’d think, will now determine the precise scale of the tower they build on it.
1248 BST: England 192/3 (34 overs)
It says much for where ODI cricket is – or more specifically where England have taken it – that England are closing on 200 with seven wickets in hand and 16 overs to go yet it feels very much like South Africa are on top here. Anyway, that’s drinks.
1244 BST: Eoin Morgan 50* (50 balls, 4×4, 3×6)
Got a bit stuck for a while there, but he’s back up and running now. Adds a pulled four off Phehlukwayo to that six in the previous over to reach a run-a-ball half-century. Can he do what Roy and Root could not and kick on?
1240 BST: England 182/3 (32 overs)
Big shots had to come. Stokes doesn’t get all of a drive in-to-out over cover but gets it wide of Rabada for four. Morgan unfurls the trusty slog-sweep for a high six over the shorter boundary at midwicket.
1238 BST: England 171/3 (31 overs)
Just a brilliant over from Phehlukwayo. Morgan becalmed at the precise point he and England would be looking to launch. Six dot balls to the England skipper, with a wide the only blemish on the over. South Africa have done really well here today. Even during that Root-Roy partnership there wasn’t much wrong with South Africa’s cricket. Now England have scored just 13 from four overs at a key point in the innings.
1233 BST: England 170/3 (30 overs)
Markram doing Duminy’s job here. Where JP bowled both sides of the wicket, Markram has just bowled everything at middle-and-off. Two overs for just five runs. England, though, in a position now where they should get 300 whatever happens and 350 if Buttler Buttlers it.
1230 BST: England 165/3 (28.4 overs)
Stokes now has one boundary.
1229 BST: England 160/3 (28 overs)
Markram has just snuck in a cheeky over of filth for just two singles. That’s a real bonus for South Africa. Stokes hasn’t got going yet – he’s 16 off 24 with no boundaries.
1224 BST: England 156/3 (26.5 overs)
Great stuff from Athers on commentary, going wildly off message here. A shot of the Nottingham Fan Park provokes the initial, approved “Lots of interest around the country for this” before he looks upon the footage and adds “Well I say lots of interest… three rows of deckchairs.” That’s the last we’ll hear from him at this tournament.
1219 BST: England 147/3 (25.3 overs)
First six of the World Cup as Morgan skips down the track and absolutely launches Ngidi high and handsome over extra-cover. And the second one comes from the very next ball! Attempted bouncer in response to that previous shot and Morgan hooks it dismissively over the short boundary to long-leg. Short boundary it may be, but cleared it comfortably. Wickets and sixes now arriving in the traditional London buses fashion.
1213 BST: England 131/3 (23.5 overs)
Morgan drives Ngidi gloriously down the ground for four. Meanwhile, up at Headingley, England’s number three from the last World Cup has gone through to yet another County Championship hundred…
1209 BST: England 125/3 (22.4 overs)
There is, of course, a risk in burning through overs of Tahir and Rabada this early in the piece. But it is 100 per cent a risk worth taking against this England side. If the next wicket falls in the next five overs, England will struggle to reach 300. If it doesn’t fall until the 35th then 350 will be very much on.
1201 BST: England 113/3 (20.3 overs)
Du Plessis will get madly over-praised for the decision to give Tahir the new ball as captains always do when starting with a spinner, but it was still a good shout. And he’s had a very good 10 minutes here as well, holding his nerve as Roy and Root rebuilt and then jumping on the chance when the wicket finally came. Now brings Tahir straight back into the attack as well. Another wicket here, and South Africa are massively on top. Faf has rightly got his two likeliest candidates in tandem. The other option would be to try and sneak through some overs from the, no disrespect intended, lesser bowlers but that just doesn’t work against this England team. Wickets are how you stop them.
London Buses – possible name for The Oval Hundred franchise? https://t.co/n55XJ8PYns
— Dave Tickner (@tickerscricket) May 30, 2019
1155 BST: WICKET! Root c Duminy b Rabada 51 (59 balls, 5×4, SR 86.44)
One brings two, as every cricket bore knows. Both set batsmen gone now, as Faf shrewdly brings back his main strike bowler and reaps instant dividends. Loose drive from Root, comfortable catch for Duminy at backward point. This England team usually just blasts its way through such setbacks but they may have to rebuild a touch with Morgan and Stokes now. Or they could just score at eight an over without taking any risks like everyone seems to think they should be able to.
1151 BST: WICKET! Roy c du Plessis b Phehlukwayo 54 (53 balls, 8×4, SR 101.88)
From nowhere the breakthrough comes. Roy thumps an uncomplicated four down the ground but then miscues an attempted pull from the very next ball to give du Plessis a simple catch at mid-off. Eoin Morgan wastes no time getting his tournament under way, though, pinging his second ball through the covers for four. England 111/2 after 19 overs.
1148 BST: Joe Root 50* (56 balls, 5×4)
Joe Root concludes this round of Milestone Watch. Great to get a bonus 50 in there thanks to that leg-bye that nobody spotted. Apart from the umpire.
1146 BST: Jason Roy 50* (51 balls, 7×4)
Oh, that single before drinks was a leg-bye apparently. Now Roy does have his 50, though. Scoring two 50s in the opening game of the tournament should be a big confidence boost for the England opener. That single is also the hundred partnership.
1141: Jason Roy 50* (48 balls, 7×4)
Roy wins that particular race, also bringing up England’s hundred after 17 overs.
1139 BST: Milestone Watch now at The Oval, with two 50s, the team hundred, and a hundred partnership all imminent.
1133 BST: England 87/1 (15 overs)
These last few overs are about as close to the old-timey Boring Middle Overs as you get with this England side. Roy and Root just knocking the ball around since the fielding restrictions were relaxed. The pitch is looking flat now; South Africa may feel they slightly missed the boat in not making more of that dream start, but in truth they really have done little wrong. The third over for Tahir was probably an error, but there’s been little joy for the quicks.
1126 BST: There’s a group of lads in the crowd dressed as colonial soldiers. Just in case anyone wondered a) how severely weird Britain’s relationship with its colonial past is and b) why everyone else desperately wants this likeable and exciting side to fall flat on its face.
1118 BST: Dwaine ‘The Tories’ Pretorius into the attack.
1117 BST: England 68/1 (11 overs)
And this is why England have come so far. Responding to pressure with aggressive – albeit controlled – intent, is the way this English side plays. Within a few overs, the pressure will be back on South Africa. #CWC19 https://t.co/rYRTeMUOu4
— Ben Jones (@benjonescricket) May 30, 2019
1113 BST: England 60/1 (10 overs)
Says an awful lot about this England batting side that South Africa made such a fantastic start and have done almost nothing wrong since, yet England have recovered to record a run-a-ball powerplay at no further loss. Lest we forget, England were 9/1 after 7.3 overs of their World Cup game against South Africa in 2007. Great times.
1107: BST: England 54/1 (8.4 overs)
Gorgeous back-foot punch from Roy brings four, and Root stands tall to get right on top of a good short one from Rabada and ping it through square-leg. Fifty partnership comes up after that horror start.
1057 BST: England 43/1 (6.1 overs)
These two have settled things down now, and Roy greets the introduction of Rabada by punching a perfectly decent length ball straight back past the bowler for four. It is a shot legally bound to be described as Nothing More Than A Push. I could die a happy man if I could do that just once.
1055 BST: Smith, though, has now described Tahir as “one of the great celebraters” so I’m no longer letting him off about his shameful support for the Tories that I imagined.
1053 BST: Almost did a sick in my mouth because I thought Graeme Smith said “Good work from the Tories.” What on earth could he be on about? Good work from Pretorius, is what he actually said. Which makes more sense both generally and in the specific context of a cricket match featuring a player of that name.
1051 BST: England 29/1 (5 overs)
Faf just gets a touch greedy with a third Tahir over. Roy smacks a four through the covers, Root sweeps another and in all 13 come from the over. Rabada time, surely. A further point on the kits: several South Africa players have paired their bright green kit with bright green boots. This is very, very correct.
Yes. Imran Tahir is in fact the first spinner to bowl the first ball of a men's cricket world cup. Right arm pace bowlers have bowled the first ball of every previous men's WC.
— hypocaust (@_hypocaust) May 30, 2019
1047 BST: England 16/1 (4 overs)
Tahir continues, and gets knocked about for a few singles. Having thrown down a half-volley to Root in his first over, Ngidi drags one down this time and gets pulled away through square-leg with real authority. Root then almost steers the next ball into the hands of Duminy at backward point. Just short. South Africa well on top here.
1040 BST: England 7/1 (2 overs)
Joe Root cover-drives the entire stadium’s, nay nation’s, dread fears to the fence. It’s going to be okay. Everything is going to be okay.
1032 BST: WICKET! Bairstow c de Kock b Tahir 0 (1)
Oh god. Two balls into the tournament and Tahir is off on his victory lap after a leggie to Bairstow, which he feathers through to de Kock with a nervous prod. You’d imagine Tahir was given the new ball with Jason Roy in mind, but he’s got the even bigger prize straight up. England 1/1 and The Fear descends.
1030 BST: Imran Tahir with the new ball for South Africa…
1025 BST: Both full squads out in the middle now for the anthems.
1025 BST: Let’s have a look at what really matters. The kits. It’s a New Balance derby and England, as we know, have absolutely crushed it. Superb throwback to the 1992 kits. If they’d had powder blue batting helmets and floppies then it would’ve been perfect. South Africa have not fared quite so well. It’s not bad, and I’m always in favour of teams trying something a bit different with one-day kits. The bright lime green is certainly striking, but the big, big problem here is the yellow lettering on that lime green is just lost. Advantage England.
1019 BST: Harry has declared the World Cup officially open. With all due respect, that’s bollocks. England, India and Australia are the clear favourites.
1018 BST: Prince Hazzer talking in glowing terms about the UK’s cultural diversity, which will play well with the gammon.
1017 BST: Prince Harry is doing a speech. Probably hasn’t slept for the last month, so fair play to him.
1009 BST: Andrew Strauss just claimed that nobody apart from Jos Buttler is capable of scoring 100 off 50 balls. A bare-faced lie. He literally captained England in a reasonably famous game where someone who isn’t Jos Buttler scored 100 off 50 balls.
1005 BST: Eoin Morgan playing his 200th ODI for England but has made a disastrous start, the idiot.
Day matches at the World Cup will start at 10.30am; not 11am as has been customary in England since 2017. Closer analysis suggests this could be a problem for England who have been notably more successful with later starts – particularly with the bat. #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/zIEUida4ZB
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) May 30, 2019
The team news is that Wood, Dawson, Vince and Curran miss out for England. Which means they’ve gone with:
England: Roy, Bairstow, Root, Morgan, Buttler, Stokes, Ali, Woakes, Plunkett, Archer, Rashid. Decent.
South Africa without Dale Steyn, as we knew. They’ve gone with:
South Africa: Amla, De Kock, Markram, Faf, Van der Dussen, Duminy, Pretorius, Phehlukwayo, Rabada, Ngidi, Tahir. Really fancy the Proteas to win today after that crucial toss win, but you do worry if that tail is just going to be too long across the tournament as a whole.
1001 BST: South Africa win the toss. England will be 120 all out. Everything is ruined.
Morgan loses the toss. Pressure of favouritism getting to England already. #ENGvSA
— Dan Liebke (@LiebCricket) May 30, 2019
0950 BST: Bloody hell, it’s the actual World Cup. Yes, they’ve butchered the format. Yes, it’s still far too long and now doesn’t celebrate the global game properly which is at least half the point of a World Cup. But it’s still going to be great despite all that. And we’ve got a great game to start things. England v South Africa. The favourites and hosts against a dangerous side whose long and proud history of making a hilarious bollocks of the World Cup means they’re flying under the radar a bit here.
The toss, you feel, will be massive; 10:30 is an early start in the UK and whichever side bowls first will be delighted. Chasing teams have won 14 of 23 games here in the last decade. There are more numbers about The Oval here. Both teams have serious pace up front as well.
Caffeine, naps, the carrot-and-stick principle and the strength of the pack…
Rory Burns remains grounded despite cementing his spot at the top of England’s order.
Paine claims Stokes is using Warner to spike sales of his new book.
Buttler feels invigorated after time off and chance to develop his batting under Trescothick.
Jofra Archer turned up the heat after Jos Buttler’s century but England settled for an underwhelming draw.
Ashley Giles has backed Joe Root to lead England’s next Ashes mission, saying regaining the urn in Australia represents “the Holy Grail”.
Mayank Agarwal scored his second double century as India dominated the second day of their Test against Bangladesh in Indore.
Stokes, Buttler and Archer will be captained by Steve Smith for Rajasthan.
Ben Stokes has no desire to be England captain, saying: “It’s just not one of those things I’m desperate to do.”
An England cricket fan talking about the Nineties, won’t be talking about a decade, but a phenomenon.