South Africa won the draw
They chose to fight.
Hello and welcome to Telegraph Sport’s coverage of the decisive match of the One Day International Series between England and South Africa.
England lost the opener but leveled the series with a 118-point win at Old Trafford on Friday.
South African Heinrich Klaasen has admitted playing “old school tricks” and buying time in the loss to England.
“It was just a bit of old school stuff to see if I just changed the momentum and slowed the game down a bit,” he said.
“The English boys didn’t like it. I knew it was coming so it’s nothing new for me. But for me in that situation we weren’t in a great position so it was just to disrupt the pace of the game a bit, just see what happens. The rain fell a bit harder…hope the referees could have gotten us out.”
A minimum of 20 overs per inning is required to constitute a finished match and, with 11 missing, Klaasen initiated a break in play as he complained of a small white spot at the bottom of the aiming screen at the Brian Statham End.
“It frustrated a lot of their guys, so the trick kinda worked. I don’t mind stuff like that at all, it’s fun and fun,” he said.
“I hope we can have a cold drink or a beer after the next game and be good friends. If they can keep him on the pitch, it’s easy for me to keep him on the pitch. I don’t I have no problem with what they say, what they call me, what they do to me, but let’s keep it on the pitch.
England’s Brydon Carse was ruled out of today’s game after injuring his right big toe in the opening ODI at Chester-le Street on Tuesday.
The Durham bowler is the latest in a long line of England fast bowlers to suffer injury layoffs. Jofra Archer, Saqib Mahmood, Olly Stone and Matthew Fisher are all out with stress fractures in their backs, while Mark Wood and Chris Woakes are also injured.