England rest key trio ahead of Champions Trophy
- Author: Carolyn Briggs May 30, 2017,
May 30, 2017, 19:49
In any case, the West Indies have not qualified for the Champions Trophy, which means that Marlon Samuels, who likes to get under the skin of his opponents, will not be around to "salute" a dismissed batsman when in the field - a gesture that has riled the combative Stokes.
Just over two years since a defeat by Bangladesh in Adelaide sealed their embarrassing first-round exit from the 2015 World Cup, England face the Tigers in the Champions Trophy opener at The Oval on Thursday, with genuine optimism that they can at last win a first major one-day global tournament.
Johnny Bairstow, Steven Finn and David Willey were all given a run and a debut cap was awarded to Middlesex bowling all-rounder Toby Roland-Jones, who impressed with bat and ball (37*, 1-34) but isn't even in the Champions Trophy squad.
Jonny Bairstow's 51 saved England from the possibility of a worst ever ODI score.
England will go into the Champions Trophy on home soil with their two big-money Indian Premier League stars at the forefront of their one-day global resurgence.
They were subsequently bowled out for 153 in only 31.1 overs, before the tourists sealed victory in 28.5 either side of the lunch break in the third and final Royal London Series match.
Amla became Roland-Jones's first ODI wicket when he bottom-edged a pull onto his stumps and, three balls later, de Kock was yorked by Jake Ball. AB de Villiers won the toss and elected to bowl first for the third consecutive time this series. England plays Bangladesh in the tournament opener on Thursday at the Oval.
Joe Root (2) was guilty of playing across the line to a straight and full ball from Parnell that should have probably been played defensively but the limited overs game has changed and top batsmen routinely whack such deliveries for four these days.
South Africa, the world's top-ranked ODI side, needed 20 off the last two overs chasing a target of 331 on Saturday.
It was the start of a brilliant over that yielded three wickets in five balls for Rabada.
Buttler, the scorer of England's three fastest centuries, and Morgan have added more than 30 per cent to their batting averages - as has all-rounder Adil Rashid, though he played only five matches before the end of the World Cup to render comparisons all but redundant.
England Test wicket-keeper Bairstow, recalled for this match, pressed his claims for a Champions Trophy place, with a 67-ball innings featuring eight fours.