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England put South Africa in to bat in Trophy semi

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    Alastair Cook (centre) reflects after England lose to Sri Lanka in a Champions Trophy game at the Oval last week. The England captain won the toss on an overcast day and sent South Africa in to bat in the Champions Trophy semi-final at the Oval in London on Wednesday. (AFP/File)

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    Dale Steyn plays for South Africa in a Champions Trophy game against West Indies in Cardiff last week. Injury keeps the fast bowler out of South Africa's team to play England in a semi-final at the Oval on Wednesday. (AFP)

England captain Alastair Cook won the toss on an overcast day and sent South Africa in to bat in the Champions Trophy semi-final at the Oval in London on Wednesday.

Both teams were without key players due to injuries. South Africa missed premier fast bowler Dale Steyn and England were without leading spinner Graeme Swann.

England: Alastair Cook (capt), James Anderson, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Eoin Morgan, Joe Root, James Tredwell, Jonathan Trott.

South Africa: AB de Villiers (capt), Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Colin Ingram, Rory Kleinveldt, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Robin Peterson, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Chris Morris.

Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SRI) and Rod Tucker (AUS)

TV umpire: Bruce Oxenford (AUS)

Match referee: Javagal Srinath (IND)