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Rain washes out the first day of the deciding Test between England and South Africa

Rain washes out the first day of the deciding Test between England and South Africa: The first day of England’s decisive Test against South Africa at The Oval ended without a ball being bowled. After England won the toss and elected to field, persistent rain in London prevented any action. Heavy overnight rain caused an original delay of 30 minutes, pushing the scheduled start to 11:30 BST.

The sunshine gave way to more inclement weather, which continued intermittently throughout the day.

A dry spell allowed an inspection at 15:10 and a further inspection of the ground was scheduled for 16:00, but further rain ruled out the possibility of play.

Rain washes out the first day of the deciding Test between England and South Africa

England has already confirmed their XI, debuting batsman Harry Brooke, while South Africa have made four changes to the side that lost the second Test at Old Trafford.

Ryan Rickelton replaces injured batsman Rassie van der Dusen and out-of-form Aidan Markram makes way for Khaya Zondo in the middle order.

All-rounders Marcus Johnson and Wian Mulder are in for pacer Lungi Ngidi and off-spinner Simon Harmer.

The series is level at 1-1, with both sides having won one Test by an innings each in three days.

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