The second Test at Lords was one of the most memorable ones for the Indian team, not just because it was a conquest at the Home of Cricket against the inventors of the game but because it was something the Indians didn't anticipate, considering their start to the fifth day's play.
That being said, England would be eager to bounce back on their soil as the third Test commences on August 25, eight days after the second test concluded. Will India double their lead? Or will Joe Root and co. make a comeback?
Match Toss Time: 10:30 Local (15:00 IST)
Match Start Time: 11:00 Local (15:30 IST)
Match Venue: Headingley, Leeds
Head to Head
Matches Played: 128, ENG: 48, IND: 30, Draw: 50
The weather is anticipated to be decent for the third test. Precipitation chances are there and you never know, we may see passing showers during the test, while humidity up to 70% is expected. The temperature is said to reach 23°C at max and it will be cold for most periods.
The Leeds pitch is usually a pitch that assists the seamers. The pacers will try to damage as much as they can. However, batsmen who manage to pass through the opening spell can surely make up by scoring in the latter overs. The spinners may come into play for the fifth day. We Are expected to have another equal contest between the bat and bowl.
The Home side are set to make multiple changes for the third test. Dom Sibley is likely to be replaced by Dawid Malan, who will be playing a test match after three years. Sam Curran seems to be undergoing a rough patch in the longest format and for that reason, he is likely to be replaced by another fast-bowling all-rounder, Craig Overton.
Mark Wood sustained a shoulder injury and will be missing the third test. Saqib Mahmood is likely to replace him, debuting in the third test.
The leader in the series, India, won't be undergoing any changes. However, depending on the pitch situation on match day, we may see Ravichandran Ashwin getting back into the starting XI in place of Ravindra Jadeja.
Probable Playing XI
England (ENG): Rory Burns, Dawid Malan, Haseeb Hameed, Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran/ Craig Overton, Ollie Robinson, Saqib Mahmood, James Anderson.
India (IND): Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah
KL Rahul and Joe Root were brilliant at Lords and thus, are must-picks for the team. The centurions were brilliant in the first innings but will have to be wary of their shot commitments in the second.
Mohammed Siraj was exceptional in the second test and is likely to maintain his form in the third test too. Considering the Leeds pitch, James Anderson too is expected to be a great asset in your fantasy lineup.
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