India vs England 3rd Test: India leading the 5 match Test series by 1-0 after their stunning victory against the hosts England at the Lords Cricket ground. Indian players stood tall amidst the unfavorable conditions playing away from home to beat the England team by 151 runs to win the 2nd test match.
The First test was a draw as the final day of the test match was spoilt after the interruption of the unwanted guests’ rain, and bad light. Both the teams looked to win on the final day, but frequent interruptions by the bad light and rain spoilt the day without a ball being bowled.
England is struggling with their team combinations due to injury concerns. The hosts are struck with the injury of their experienced campaigner Stuart Broad right before the start of the second test. Even the Indian team at the injury concerns after Mayank Agarwal and Shardul Thakur were announced unfit before the 2nd test.
With the third test to start tomorrow on August 25th, BCCI announced that S Thakur is fit to play the third test. But there is an expectation that the Indian team will not change the winning lineup unless there is any injury concern. With Ravichandran Ashwin already warming the bench, it is highly unlikely that India will select Shardul in the squad by changing the winning formula.
The pitch for the 3rd test at Headingley, Leeds looks like a pitch suitable for the pace bowlers rather than the spinners. Pacers have taken 139 wickets as opposite to 26 wickets taken by the spinners at Leeds since 2015. The Indian team is most likely not to tinker with their lineup unless the pitch supports spin. In that case, Ashwin might get the nod ahead of Shardul Thakur considering his expertise with the spin and decent batting.
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mayank Agarwal, Suryakumar Yadav, Hanuma Vihari, Shardul Thakur, Axar Patel, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Prithvi Shaw
India Probable Playing XI
- Rohit Sharma
- KL Rahul
- V Kohli
- A Rahane
- R Pant
- R Jadeja
- M Shami
- I Sharma
- J Bumrah
- M Siraj
Match Date: England vs India, 3rd Test, August 25, 2021
Place : Headingley, Leeds