Third Test Match Between England and South Africa Suspended In Aftermath of Queen Elizabeth’s Death

Written by Abhishek Patil

The second day’s play in the third men’s Test between England and South Africa at The Oval will not take place on Friday following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

The England and Wales Cricket Board said it was discussing the situation with the British government and would provide an update about the rest of the Test in due course.

Scheduled matches in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy will also not take place.

“Following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Friday’s play between England and South Africa at the Oval will not take place,” the ECB said in a statement.

The Queen and her late husband Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, both had a long history of supporting cricket and England’s national sides.

The two were Patrons and honorary life members of the MCC, and showed their support by attending games as often as they could over a 50-year period stretching from the early 1960s through to the first day of the second Ashes Test in 2013.

Earlier, the opening day of The Oval Test was washed out due to rain.

England won the toss on Thursday and put South Africa in to bat, only for a shower to sweep in and put a halt to proceedings minutes before the players took to the field.

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