England v South Africa: third women’s cricket one-day international – live!

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Good day and welcome to this third ODI between England and South Africa at a scorching Grace Road in Leicester. If you’re reading this in the UK you don’t need me to tell you how hot it is. I fear I may run out of adjectives to describe this heat wave (and can I apologise for any poor comparisons to Issy Wong’s bowling now?)

There will be additional drinks breaks today, due to the heat. Quicker than the ones on the hour, but basically a chance to ensure everyone on the field (players and officials) are hydrated. I hope you’ll be doing likewise.

Whatever the weather, South Africa have to find their groove. They’ve been third beat in a two horse race across in this white-ball series, losing the opening ODIs by five wickets and 114 runs, though both margins flatter the visitors.

There’s talk of discontent in the camp following Lizelle Lee’s sudden retirement but the English have shown no sympathy. Maiden centuries for Emma Lamb in the first rubber and Sophia Dunkley in the second has underlined the gulf in class between the groups.

Nat Sciver has been destructive and Charlie Dean has impressed with her finger spin. Can England make it a sweep of the 50-over stuff? Unless I melt I’ll be with you for the first half. Chat soon with the toss.

Play begins at 2pm BST in Leicester – buildup to the action will begin shortly.

July 18, 2022 at 05:51PM Daniel Gallan (now), Tanya Aldred (later)

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