Queen Elizabeth II Dies: Day 2 of the Third Test Match Between England and South Africa Suspended

Queen Elizabeth II Dies: Day 2 of the Third Test Match Between England and South Africa Suspended

  • Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the second day's play of the third Test match between England and South Africa has been suspended
  • Her Majesty passed away on Thursday afternoon after suddenly taking ill at Balmoral Castle in Scotland earlier in the day
  • The first day of proceedings at The Oval Cricket Ground in the south of London had already been washed out by persistent rain

Day two of the third Test match between England and South Africa at The Oval Cricket Ground in South London has been suspended.

This was out of respect following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on Thursday afternoon.

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England captain Ben Stokes and his counterpart at the coin toss, with the Union Jack flying at half-mast at The Oval. Image source: Getty Images.
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The first day had already been washed out due to incessant rain in the city and across the United Kingdom, as was reported by The Independent.

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According to The Daily Mail, the English and Wales Cricket Board released a statement that read:

Following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Friday’s play between England and South Africa Men at The Oval will not take place.
"For fixtures beyond Friday, updates will be provided in due course."

There is no telling if the match itself will be cancelled. The series is finely poised at 1-1, with this Test being a decider.

The Proteas last won a Test series against the hosts in 2012, with England having won the last one against the visitors in 2013. The One Day International series between both nations ended in a 1-1 draw, while South Africa won the T20I series 2-1.

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The Queen, United Kingdom's longest-serving monarch, passed on peacefully on September 8th at the Balmoral Castle, Sports Brief reported.

The United Kingdom has now gone into a 12-day official mourning period in which all political, sporting and comedy events have been cancelled. This is part of the wider plan called Operation London Bridge which took effect once the Queen passed.

Source: Sports Brief News