Will England Team bounce back in Third Test – IND vs ENG third Test Preview

After the Lords Test Victory in the second Test Match, Indian Team became the clear favorite from most of the cricket experts. Though , the Indian Team enjoyed their feather of pace bowlers getting 20 wickets in each of the Test Match . But on the other hand ,England were not competing against the best team with their combination , especially the injury concerns and complete collapse in Top order .Except the skipper Root , no one is contributing in the Team. Team England is starving for the Test victory in this series, only if they win this third test match competition of this series will be alive else it’s a no brainer India will seal the series .Let’s preview the third Test Match between India and England


Headingley Leeds 

Time : 03.30 IST


  • Leeds has some memorable moments to cherish for Cricket Fans .
  • The last Match played in Leeds was an epic Test Match in Ashes 2019.England chased a total of 359 against Aussies chasing 359 in fourth Innings in Ashes , Ben Stokes completely grabbed the Ashes from the Aussies with his magnificent Innings, he won the game for England single Handedly.
  • Almost Every Indian Team Players will be playing their Debut test Match in this venue, because the previous Test Match between England and India happened in 2002  .Team India won the match by  an Innings and 46 Runs . In 2002, the trio Sachin , Dravid, Ganguly scored centuries in first Innings which put Team India in the driver seat for victory. 
  • Team India won the last two matches played in this venue in 1986 and 2002.

Weather Report :

Weather Plays a major role in the English Conditions. Fans in London are fortunate to see the five day test match without interruption . In Leeds as per the report , we might have interruptions due to light breeze for the first two days following that third and fourth day will  have bright sunshine .And the final day may have some cloudy wind breeze  in the venue. According to this report , the weather forecast in Leeds seems to help the fast bowlers.

Day 1Cloudy and Breeze
Day 2 Cloudy and Breeze
Day 3Bright Sunshine Day
Day 4Bright Sunshine Day
Day 5Cloudy and Breeze
Weather Forecast data taken according to England Website date.

Team England  Preview:

After the loss in the second test, Team England brought some changes.Zak Crawley and Dom Sibiley were dropped  from the squad. To replace them Dawid Malan was added back to the squad . Oli Pope might play the third test match  to strengthen their middle order . There are few more injury concerns,Mark wood will be unavailable only for the third test match. Since Stuart Broad is ruled out Saqib Mahmood is added in the team , in the absence of Wood Mahmood may make his Test debut in the third test Match.

There are lots of debates after the loss, Team England will be looking forward to this game to prove themselves to the world. Oli Pope’s addition in the middle order will surely strengthen their batting line up. But their bowling looks quite vulnerable, everytime the skipper can’t look for Anderson spell for wicket . Some pace bowlers must take control of the game from their spell.Oli Robinson was quite impressive in these two matches. Without the prime seamers Woakes, Archer, Broad , Stokes it will be difficult for the skipper to find the right pace attack against a quality side like India. If Team England had a good opening partnership , then it will help the team to lead the sessions for victory, else the entire team batting order depends on Root Performance .

Players to Watch out in England :

Haseeb Hammed played a sensible innings along with Root in his previous Innings.Mostly he will be opening along with Rory Burns .Team England is struggling to find the solid openers in past few years , it’s high time for him to prove his skill and grab the opportunity in the Test Squad, since he had some good County records all eyes will be on him .

Oli Pope, is almost back to the playing 11 combination ,in the last two test matches except Bairstrow there is no help from the middle order batsman to increase the scorecard.But in presence of Oli Pope , the middle order vulnerability will be sorted out.

Sam Curran, is the only primary all rounder available in the squad in the absence of Ben Stokes.But the performance of his two matches is not his cup of tea. Surely , he will get back to his prime form and trouble the Indian Team as he did in 2018.

England Playing XI:

  • Haseeb Hameed
  • Rory Burns
  • Oli Pope
  • Joe Root
  • Johny Bairstow
  • Jos Butler
  • Sam Curran
  • Moeen Ali
  • Oli Robbinson
  • Saqib Mahmood 
  • James Anderson

Team India Preview:

For Team India , there are no bad news or injury concerns till date.In terms of player availability Mayank Agarwal , Shardul Thakur both were fit to play for the  Third Test.Team India will be happy with the last two test match performance and also with this long gap players will be ready to lead the series.Each and every member in the playing 11 Contributed for the victory. Mostly , we might expect one change from the team .

Will Ashwin get a chance ahead of Jadeja?

Yes, mostly this will be the change from India. Though Jadeja ‘s contribution was good with bat and field . But , when it comes to bowling no one will match the experience of Ashwin in Test Cricket. Since he was rested for two matches, he will get a chance to play in the third test match. Since our lower order batsmans contributed well in their previous innings, it’s the right time to bring the off spinner to attack the English Batsmans especially to collapse the middle order Pope, Bairstow , Sam Curran  Team India must have this change in their Playing XI.

What will be the combination of Pace Attack for Team India?

Mostly the pace bowlers will be Ishant, Bumrah, Shami, Siraj their performance was sky high and most importantly helped India for victory. Mostly this will be the primary attack option for Kohli Until or unless any of these players rested with injury. Shardul have to wait for his turn in upcoming test matches.

Middle order concern for Team India?

As Previously mentioned in this article, when Team India played the last test match in leeds, three of our middle order batsmen scored centuries. Pujara and Rahane helped the team at the right time with their typical style of Innings in Lords Test Match . It’s high time for these two players and kohli to strike against the weak bowling attack because jadeja will not present in the batting line up if Ashwin gets back into the Team . Most of our batting order depends on the openers and batsman like Pant and jadeja. So, the form of this trio (Rahanae , Kohli, Pujara) is important for India’ scorecard. Lets hope the 2002 history repeats in 2021 at leeds.

Team India Playing XI:

  • Rohit Sharma
  • KL Rahul
  • Chateshwar Pujara
  • Virat Kohli
  • Ajinkya Rahane
  • Rishabh Pant
  • Ravichandran Ashwin
  • Ishant Sharma
  • Mohammed Shami
  • Jasprit Bumrah
  • Mojammed Siraj

Match Prediction :

Mostly England would like to fight back and win this match to keep the series alive by increasing their batting strength.

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