ENG vs SA Test: All forms of cricket will resume in England on Saturday, September 10. In an unfortunate incident, the monarch of the United Kingdom Queen Elizabeth II passed away due to a prevailing chronic illness after which all sporting events were halted on Friday as a mark of tribute.
The ongoing deciding test between England and South Africa also witnessed no play on Friday. The first day of the test on Thursday was also washed away due to intermittent rains. So the much-anticipated test match will officially start on Day 3.
England Cricket Board (ECB) had consulted with Cricket South Africa (CSA) to take in play the reserve day but CSA has decided on ECB’s plea as the board mentioned that players want to have adequate rest before leaving for Australia and India for the upcoming T-20I series.
Another important international fixture that was halted due to the Queen’s demise was the T-20 International game between India Women and England Women that was scheduled to take place on Friday. This fixture will also take place on Saturday.
England is under national mourning for 14-days. As per the government’s order, all national flags will be hoisted at half-mast as a mark of respect to Queen Elizabeth II. After her untimely death, King Charles has been appointed as the new King of the United Kingdom.
In its official statement, ECB said that a minute of silence will be observed before each domestic and international fixture in the country. All players and coaches will wear black armbands to honour the obituary life of the Queen.
Adding to it, the ECB also said that no official fixtures have been cancelled and have only been postponed at the grassroots, elite and international levels. They urged all the domestic cricketing bodies to follow all the advisories released by the authorities for national mourning.
Meanwhile, England has won the toss and elected to field first against South Africa. The ENG vs SA Test series is tied at 1-1 and the winner will seal the series.
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