Hello and welcome to live, overlay coverage of the third Test between South Africa and England in Port Elizabeth. Let’s start with something exciting, a list of scores: 1-1, 1-0, 2-1, 2-1, 2-2, 1-2, 1-2, 1-1, 0-2, 1-2, 3-1. Those are the results of the series between these sides since South Africa was readmitted in 1991. No bleaching, not even a defeat, and only three dead rubbers in 11 series.
South Africa and England have been the most even teams in world cricket in the last 30 years. Some might say that it is because they are essentially the same team, but that is one of the Guardian Sport Superbranes to consider. What we can say with confidence is that the fighting between the two usually comes with a guarantee of tense cricket, hard nose and occasionally bright.
This series, which has not been different, will end with consecutive games in Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg. If you believe in the word M, then England has it after its exciting victory in the second Test in Cape Town. But they will run out of one of the stars of that game: Jimmy Anderson, who had figures of frankly absurd matches from 37-15-63-7, has flown home with the latest manifestation of professional old age.
His symbolic substitute will be Mark Wood, who has been playing bowling like the wind, or even the Typhoon, in the networks. Port Elizabeth is reputed to be the slowest launch in South Africa, so England wants what we are now required to call a bowling player of factor X. There has also been much talk about the reverse swing. Slow release or not, I doubt that the next few days are boring. After all, it is England v South Africa.
The match starts at 8 am in England, at 10 am in Port Elizabeth.