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Eng v SA, 3rd Test

The third test between England and South Africa at the Kia Oval has been suspended after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

The announcement of the Queen’s death at the age of 96 came at 6.30pm on Thursday, the scheduled first day of the test, after which the ECB confirmed that there would be no cricket on Friday. In addition to day two of the test, four games in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy would be played.

“Following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Friday’s match between England and South Africa Men in The Oval, along with all scheduled matches in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, will be cancelled,” the ECB said in a statement. “For matches after Friday, updates will be provided in due course.”

The ECB is in consultation with the government and other sports about the appropriate course of action for the remainder of the Test. Day two cardholders are eligible for a full refund, the board confirmed.

ESPNcricinfo understands that the ECB and Proteas’ management team met to discuss options, whether moving day two to Saturday or canceling the test entirely. CSA gladly accepted whatever the ECB board deemed appropriate and is willing to extend the team’s stay in the UK to facilitate the completion of the series, which is currently on one test each.

ECB President Richard Thompson said: “I’m sure I speak for everyone in the game when I say how truly sad I am to hear of the Queen’s passing. Her Majesty is such a big supporter of the game and was always so vocal about the enjoyment of her and her late husband around the sport. Her dedication to her country will never be forgotten. For her service and her selflessness during her extraordinary reign, we owe her a debt that can never be repaid.”

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A period of national mourning is expected in the UK, with sporting cancellations likely. Game was halted on Thursday night at the PGA Championship in Wentworth, while the British Horseracing Authority announced the postponement of Friday’s races.

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