Rabada sparks England slump as Proteas win 3rd ODI

Sunday, 11 Jun, 2017

Tottering at 20-6 inside the first five overs, England crumbled against Rabada (4-39) and Parnell (3-43) in a performance that lasted only 31.1 overs. What cost us was the first hour this morning when there was a lot of live green grass on the wicket, but South Africa bowled beautifully.

Stokes was hampered by the problem in the first ODI at Headingley and, though he scored a century in Saturday's two-run win at the Ageas Bowl, he managed just three overs with the ball. "We did not play too aggressively and a lot of our shots were defensive shots".

Cape Town - The Proteas have easily beaten England by 7 wickets in the "dead" third one-day worldwide at Lords.

Rabada, who took 2/50, was the only bowler to claim more than one wicket but South Africa's attack showed more discipline and goal than on Friday. Australia's warm-up match against Pakistan only lasted a handful of overs and South Africa A again were only able to bat half an innings in their second warm-up match against Derbyshire.

South Africa brought Morne Morkel into their lineup for the first time in the series with Wayne Parnell and JP Duminy also returning.

The trio will replace Moeen Ali (groin), Ben Stokes (knee) and Chris Woakes (thigh), who have all been rested for the match at Lord's. "Always a pleasure. Hopefully we can go into the Champions Trophy on a high".

Morgan said he had no concerns over the form of opening batsman Jason Roy, who has struggled this summer.

England's metamorphosis since the last 50-over World Cup has been built on an aggressive style of batting, but in overcast conditions on a pitch that was offering assistance to the bowlers on Monday, that approach came back to haunt them.

Roy endured a miserable series against South Africa, scoring just 13 runs in three innings.

Alex Hales, dropped on 18 when a six off Maharaj went straight through Rabada's hands at long-on, was still on 24 when well caught by wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock, standing up to the stumps, off Pretorius.

"Why not? We've got really good players, unbelievable talent and some experience as well", he said.

"Those are the sorts of games you really want to win", England captain Eoin Morgan said at the post-match presentation at the Rose Bowl.

England's £1.7million action man has been as confused as anyone about the pain which appears to trouble him only in one key activity.

'They have had ups and downs but ultimately they have played in the fashion that we have played as a team and they have been very important to that'. I's just when he's bowling at full tilt.

That England found themselves in such a predicament was down to a combination of fine bowling, brainless batting and outstanding fielding. Hopefully that means it's not much and hopefully an extra day or two and it'll come good.