England has announced their squad for the 3rd Test against India. The Third Test has been scheduled to play between Aug 25-29th at Headingley, Leeds. England opener Dom Sibley has been dropped from the squad as the opener had a poor run of form in the series averaging only 14 in the first two tests and averaging 20 in this year’s tests.
England recalled Dawid Malan into the squad after dropping their opener Dom Sibley to strengthen their batting order. Malan last played a Test match for England in 2018 and that is also against and India. Interestingly, England has won that match.
The hosts would be expecting a good score from Malan as Headingley is the home county for the batsman. Not only that, recently the batsman scored 199 in the Leeds ground where the 3rd Test is going to be played. England had problems with their openers but Malan is a middle-order batsman which makes way for Haseeb Hameed to open the innings.
Another opener Zak Crawley who didn’t play the Lord’s Test was also dropped from the squad. Though Hameed didn’t have the impressive Lord’s Test he didn’t play at his usual position as the opening batsman. So he might be given a chance to prove himself in his comfortable position. So Haseeb may open the innings alongside Rory Burns in the third which is a week away.
After the injury of Stuart Broad, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes, and also the absence of the star all-rounder Ben Stokes due to mental health are haunting the England team. They were not able to maintain the balance of their squad because of the absence of their key players.
Saqib Mahmood, who never played Tests for England is also included in the England squad along with Dawid Malan. He has been added to the squad after his impressive performance against Pakistan in the One day Series. England squad for the third Test against India at Headingley, Aug 25-29:
Joe Root (capt), Jos Buttler (wicket-keeper), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Rory Burns, James Anderson, Sam Curran, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood, Saqib Mahmood.
India leading the series 1-0 after their impressive victory against England at the Lord’s Cricket ground by 151 runs. Earlier, the first Test was drawn after the rain interrupted the final day of the match without a ball being bowled which would have been an excellent day for the Test Cricket.