England will face India on Wednesday in the 3rd test, going to be conducted at Headingley Carnegie, Leeds. The English can’t afford to lose this game, as this will mean that they will not win the series even if they win the remaining games. The home team will look to avoid this situation by giving their best in the game. If the same happens, it will also break their long home series winning streak against the Indians, in force since 2011.
The hosts are currently facing lots of injury concerns in their pace department. In the latest development, Mark Wood has been ruled out from the contention of the third test due to the injury faced by the pacer while playing the second game. With Sam Curran too being out of form, it is a big sign of worry for the English, as they are likely to face the heat of the Indians with an inexperienced bowling lineup. Saqib Mahmood has been given a call-up to the squad and is likely to debut in this game.
While coming to the batting front, the team’s top order has been struggling and struggling hard. Due to this, Dawid Malan has also been called to the squad, with Dom Sibley being dropped from the squad. The number one T20I batsman is also likely to play a test at the international level after a gap period of three years.
The dry run for India's number 3 continues 😥
Anderson gets his second of the morning 🤯
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Pumped up Indians
Coming to the visitors, they are hardly facing any issues and are on Cloud nine at this moment. Going in-depth, it can be found that inconsistency of the skipper, Virat and not converting the starts into biggies by wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant are the only issues that may be worrying the visitors. Apart from this, there are no issues for them, with the only exception being the selected one as Shardul Thakur is also fit and available for this game.
Clash of Titans
One can expect a good game as both teams will be coming after more than a week’s break.
Will the Indians create History, or will the world champions prove their mettle? We shall find out soon.