The opening match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup between the hosts, England, and South Africa at The Oval.

England vs South Africa – The Oval pitch report

The forecast long hot English summer has yet to arrive which could mean that there is a little more assistance for the quicks in the Oval surface.

There is also expected to be plenty of cloud around when the first World Cup 2019 game gets underway in London, though the Dukes balls used for the World Cup appear to swing less than is usual.

The last Cricket World Cup fixture at the Oval saw Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq take a hat-trick against Zimbabwe in 1999. We can expect both Adil Rashid of England and Imran Tahir of South Africa to play a role whether there is prodigious turn or not.

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