Hand welcome to the live coverage of Telegraph Sport of the third test match in this intriguing series between South Africa and England.
Mark Wood returned to England, with Jofra Archer still struggling with an elbow problem. It will be Wood’s first cricket game since the World Cup final in July. James Anderson is lost due to the broken rib he suffered in the last test in Cape Town.
Bowler Dane Paterson enters for Dwaine Pretorius for South Africa.
Meanwhile, Anrich Nortje warned that South Africa will “speed it up” when Jos Buttler beats in the third Test at Port Elizabeth.
England’s Buttler wicketkeeper was disciplined by the International Cricket Council for a burst of expletives in Vernon Philander during the five-day victory of tourists in Cape Town, earning a demerit point and losing 15 percent of his fare Match
Buttler publicly apologized for exceeding the mark, but Nortje, who had consistently exceeded 90 mph in the series, suggested that Proteas would have an additional motivation when he reached the fold.
“It definitely puts one or two boys on the move,” Nortje said, before Thursday’s game.