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Harry Brook set for Test debut in England’s third Test against South Africa


ENG vs SA, 3rd Test: England have made only one change after Jonny Bairstow sustained an injury while playing golf. The three-match series is currently level at 1-1.

Brook set for Test debut in England’s third Test against South Africa. Courtesy: Reuters

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Harry Brook has played 56 first-class matches
  • Harry Brook has played 4 T20Is for England
  • The third Test is scheduled to start on September 8

Young batter Harry Brook is set to make his Test debut as England named their playing XI for the third and final Test against South Africa. The last of the three Tests is set to get underway on Thursday, September 8, at Kennington Oval in London.

Brook made his international debut in the five-match T20I series against the West Indies, after which he also played against Rohit Sharma’s India. The rub of the green went Brook’s way after Jonny Bairstow sustained an injury while playing golf.

Brook is likely to bat in the middle order after replacing Bairstow in the eleven. Bairstow, in the meantime, was also ruled out of the T20 World Cup to be played later this year in Australia. In his place, the British team called up Alex Hales, who made his England comeback after nearly three and half years.

The 32-year-old Bairstow is also the leading Test run-scorer in 2022, having racked up more than 1000 runs.

In the meantime, apart from replacing Bairstow with Brook, England didn’t make any changes to their playing XI. Brook has played 56 first class matches where he has scored 3067 runs with seven centuries and 17 half-centuries.

The ongoing three-match Test series is currently level at 1-1. The Proteas won the opening Test at Lord’s by an innings and 12 runs, after which the Three Lions won the second Test in Manchester by an innings and 85 runs.

England XI for 3rd Test

Alex Less, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Ben Stokes (c), Harry Brook, Ben Foakes (w), Stuart Broad, Ollie Robinson, Jack Leach, Jimmy Anderson

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