Tributes were paid to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on day three of the third Test between England and South Africa at The Oval.
A minute’s silence to be observed before the national anthems, with God Save The King, followed by sustained the crowd.
Players from both sides and the match officials are wearing black armbands.
No play was possible on day one because of rain before day two was called off as a mark of respect.
On Thursday, The match began on the third morning, with South Africa batting after England won the toss.
There were discussions over extending the match into a sixth day on Tuesday, but that was ultimately not deemed possible because of the tourists’ plans to travel home.
The series is level 1-1 after an innings victory in the opening two matches.
Spectators attending the Kia Oval asked to be in their seats 30 minutes before 11:00 BST to observe the tributes to Her Majesty.
Similar tributes later before England played India in the first women’s Twenty20 international at Chester-le-Street.
Both teams observed a minute’s silence, followed by a rendition of God Save The King.
At The Oval, the players and empires entered the field through military guard of honor before the ground fell silent.
The silence ended with a single chime of a bell from the highest ranking military official in attendance, Senior NCO Robert Brockels by Miller of the Irish Guards.
Singer Laura Wright performed the anthems of South Africa before God Save The King, both a cappella. Movingly, the Oval crowd joined in with the new anthem of the United Kingdom.
Applause followed, only ended when James Anderson delivered the first ball of the match.
“It’s always extraordinary to stand on the ground and sing the national anthem.
“might sing the national anthem a little bit louder than it usually is, and rightly so.
“It’s great knowing that we’re going to playing this game, not just for us but in memory of the Queen.
The Oval sits on land owned by the Duchy of Cornwall, passed on responsibility to the new Duke of Cornwal.
Spectators have been prevented from attending in fancy dress for the remainder of the match.
And sales at bars are restricted to two drinks per person.