England have been brilliant against South Africa in their three-match ODI series, with the former having already clinched the series, winning the first two matches. England will look for a clean sweep as they host the Proteas for the third ODI at the iconic Lord's on Monday.
However, England will not be at their full strength. They have given rest to some key players, including Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali, who are going to be replaced by Steven Finn, Toby Roland-Jones and Liam Dawson for the third ODI. So some changes will be visible in the playing XI at Lord's.
Irrespective of which 11 team members, led by Eoin Morgan, take to the field for the third ODI, they will only think of playing some good cricket and win the series 3-0. If the home team manages to do so, it would be a strong statement from England ahead of the Champions Trophy where they are already being touted as one of the favourites for the title.
The England players have contributed well in the series so far, but Jason Roy's form remains a point of concern. He has been below par, and the England opener will hope to get his game right in the third ODI.
Coming to the South African team, they could not cross the finishing line in the second ODI despite some heroics with the bat displayed by David Miller and Chris Morris. Things did not work according to plan in the final over.
They must have erased that loss from their minds, and would want to start afresh in the final ODI of the series. South Africa are a strong side, capable of beating any team on their day, but England have proved to be a better lot. Can they turn things around at Lord's?
Though South Africa might make some changes on the bowling front, giving rest to Morris and Kagiso Rabada, they will still field a strong team and hope to head into the Champions Trophy with a win under their belt. For that to happen, their big players — AB De Villiers, Hasim Amla and Faf Du Plessis — have to contribute with the bat.
Where to watch live
The third ODI is schedule for 11 am local time (3:30 pm IST). TV and live streaming options are given below.
India – TV: Star Sports 1/HD. Live streaming: Hotstar
UK - TV: Sky Sports 2/HD. Live streaming: Sky Go
South Africa - TV: SuperSport. Live streaming: SuperSport Video