Queen Elizabeth II passing on 8th September has left the entire world in shock. Due to her death, sporting activities on Friday in the UK were cancelled. The deciding 3rd Test Match’s Day 2 between England & South Africa was also suspended. An announcement has come from Buckingham Palace that some sporting activities can resume.
All the players and coaches will were black armbands. The branded inventory will be replaced by messaging paying cricket’s respects to the Queen. The T20I match between England Women & India Women will take place. The 3rd Test Match has got a green signal and now the Test Match has become a 3 Day Test Match as South African players have refused to play an extra day.
England Cricket Board Issues a Press Release
“Cricket will resume on Saturday to pay tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and honor her remarkable life and service.” the release said.
“Following the cancellation of Friday’s cricket fixtures as a mark of respect on the announcement of her death, the England and Wales Cricket Board can confirm that play will resume from Saturday including international, domestic, and recreational fixtures. The decision has been taken after consultation with DCMS and in line with Official National Mourning guidance,” it added.
“Following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Friday’s play between England and South Africa Men at The Oval, along with all scheduled matches in the (women’s domestic) Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, will not take place.” Said in ECB Statement.
“For fixtures beyond Friday, updates will be provided in due course.” ECB Concluded.
England and South Africa Face Off
3rd Test Match most likely won’t produce a result as there are only 3 days remaining with not a single ball bowled. It would be interesting to see what tactics both captains apply. Dean Elgar’s side is a traditional Test Team whereas Ben Stokes is someone who will push for a result no matter what happens.
South Africa would be wary that their World Test Championship Final hopes are very much on this match. They would be hoping for a better show as getting bundled out for 150 runs won’t be ideal. The Cricket Fraternity would be hoping that there is a good contest between bat & ball irrespective of the result.