Third Test, England v South Africa - Statistical Preview

As the third Test between England and South Africa set to begin at Kennington Oval on Thursday, here are few of key statistics leading to the encounte
Alastair Cook is on the verge of going past Allan Border
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As the third Test between England and South Africa set to begin at Kennington Oval on Thursday, here are few of key statistics leading to the encounter.

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Both South Africa and England have won three games each in the last eight Tests between them with two ending in a draw.

England's defeat at Trent Bridge in the second game brought an end to their seven-match unbeaten streak at the venue in which they registered six wins as well.

The third game between England and South Africa will go into history books as it is all set to become the 100th Test played at The Oval, thereby becoming the fourth venue to achieve the milestone after Lord's, Melbourne Cricket Ground and Sydney Cricket Ground.

The Oval is certainly not among the favourites venues for England as they managed a solitary win in the last five games at the venue and will head into Thursday's game with back to back defeats that came against Australia and Pakistan.

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Moeen Ali had a productive series until now and more so against South Africa batsman Temba Bavuma, who he has claimed three times in four innings while conceding just 34 runs.

Hashim Amla's career best score of unbeaten 311 came against England at The Oval leading Proteas to a convincing victory in 2012.

Another 96 runs will make former England captain Alastair Cook become the third batsman to go past 1,000 runs at The Oval after after Sir Leonard Hutton and Graham Gooch.

Cook also needs one run to surpass Allan Border's tally of 11,174 Test runs.

Stats from Investec

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