England name unchanged squad for decisive third South Africa Test

England will select their side for the third Test against South Africa, at the Oval next week, from an unchanged squad.

The head coach, Brendon McCullum, and the captain, Ben Stokes, could stick with the same XI after England thrashed the Proteas by an innings and 85 runs at Old Trafford to level the three-match series at 1-1.

England endured an innings defeat in the opening Test, but responded by sweeping South Africa aside inside three days and will be aiming to maintain that momentum to clinch a series win.

The England seamers Jimmy Anderson and Ollie Robinson will be hoping to lead the attack after taking South Africa’s last five wickets for seven runs in the space of 30 deliveries in Manchester.

Robinson ended with four for 43 and Anderson three for 30, with the latter taking his 950th wicket in the three forms of international cricket to leapfrog Australia’s Glenn McGrath and go top of the all-time list for non-spinners.

Stokes was at his inspirational all-round best in the second Test, following up his fine century on day two by breaking the stubborn resistance of the tourists’ fourth-wicket pair Keegan Petersen and Rassie van der Dussen.

Petersen and Van der Dussen put on 87 from 261 balls before Stokes removed them both in successive overs at the start of the evening session, paving the way for Robinson and Anderson to rip through the middle and lower order.

The Yorkshire batter Harry Brook, the Somerset bowler Craig Overton and Durham’s Matthew Potts retain their squad places for the decider, which starts a week on Thursday, after missing out at Old Trafford.