LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: A general view of play during day one of the 3rd Investec Test match between England and South Africa at The Kia Oval on July 27, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

The second day's play of the third Test between England and South Africa will not take place after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

The English and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) stated that talks with the British Government have been progressing and an update with regards to the Test will be provided in good time.

"Following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Friday's play between England and South Africa at the Oval will not take place," the ECB said in a statement.

"For fixtures beyond Friday, updates will be provided in due course."

The opening day of the test match was washed out without a ball being bowled.

England won the toss and elected to bowl, and as players were taking the field a band of rain swept through London and halted the session just as play was about to commence.

Covers repeatedly came on and off throughout the day until the official announce of Queen Elizabeth II's death came through at 3:45pm local time.

The Series is locked at 1-1 after South Africa took out the first test by an innings and 12 runs before England hit back and smashed the Proteas by an innings and 85 runs in the second test.

Both of the first two tests finished within three days of commencement, meaning that there is still an adequate amount of time to complete the final test.

It is unclear as to when the final test will restart.