Stokes passed fit for South Africa ODI

Skipper Eoin Morgan came down the track to Parnell and whacked him over extra cover for four to break the shackles momentarily but he was next to go after edging behind to Quinton de Kock four balls later. England slumped to 20 for six - the first time in an ODI that six wickets had gone down in the first five overs of an innings - after losing the toss.

South Africa then suffered a further setback when de Kock, in sight of a hundred, tried to run off-spinner Mooen Ali down to third man and was caught behind by opposing gloveman Buttler. He responded on his home ground with a battling 37 not out from number nine but will still have precious little to bowl at in pursuit of a series whitewash after England took an unassailable 2-0 lead at the Ageas Bowl on Saturday. The game got away from us quite a lot.

Test wicket-keeper Bairstow is still struggling to nail down a permanent place in England's ODI side, despite some impressive recent batting displays in white-ball cricket. "Today's result ensures we go into the Champions Trophy without big heads", the Australian said. We've gain a lot of confidence from this series.

In 42 years of trying England have never won a major global One-day International (ODI) trophy but hopes are high they can finally put an end to that damning statistic as the host nation of next month's Champions Trophy. A player at the other end of the form scale is Jason Roy, who has now scored just 33 runs in his last five ODIs.

"It's the hardest thing telling Jonny he's not playing and he's done nothing wrong".

"But as regards selection, Jason is the No.1 pick at the moment". I's just when he's bowling at full tilt.

Morgan is confident Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes, rested here due to injury concerns, will play on Thursday. "They have had ups and downs but ultimately they have played in the fashion that we have played as a team and they have been very important to that". And it was Plunkett who did the trick a second time, with a short ball which followed the South Africa captain as he tried to leave and ran over his glove for a second caught-behind.

A last-minute change of plan to bring the form-rich Bairstow into the side is unlikely from the current setup, despite tradition nearly demanding it. "You earn the right to play positive cricket", he said.

"The ICC Champions Trophy is bound to be pretty tight with good teams around so this sort of prep is ideal".

But a victory in the Champions Trophy, also in England, would go a long way to relieving the pressure that has built on South African teams during 19 years of near-misses and outright failures in global events - pressure that has seen South Africa labelled "chokers" due to their tendency to perform well in limited overs cricket but crumble in one-off knockout games.

  • Julie Sanders