England vice-captain Ben Stokes has urged his side to rise from the destruction of their harrowing Trent Bridge thrashing and reassert their supremacy when the third Investec Test with South Africa at the Kia Oval gets underway on Thursday.
The hosts suffered a 340-run annihilation in Nottingham as they were dismissed for a combined 318 runs across both innings, a result which saw the Proteas level the four-match series at 1-1.
“You take good performances and bad performances in your stride and I think it’s all about how we come come back in this Test which will prove how good of a side we are,” said Stokes.
“It wasn’t an ideal performance from us as a team and we know that. It’s good that we managed to get time away and look back on and assess where we went wrong and hopefully we can right the wrongs this week.”
South Africa seamer Kagiso Rabada, who has banned from the second Test after swearing at Stokes at Lord’s, is desperate for a return to action, according to Proteas bowling coach Charl Langeveldt.
He said: “He is the type of guy who steps up when the heat is on and having him back is a big bonus for us. He will be raring to go.”