The third Test between India and England is scheduled to start from 25th August at Headingley, Leeds. In the second Test at Lord’s, India beat England by 151 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the 5-Test match series. With the win, India now have 14 points in 2 Tests and are currently sitting in the second position of the new cycle of the World Test Championship.
England vs India 3rd Test Match 2021
Team News for India
The rumours are that off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin might replace Ravindra Jadeja in the playing eleven for the third Test. Though Jadeja provided batting depth in both Tests, he went wicketless on both occasions. The other 10 players will remain unchanged as the Lord’s victory was a result of the efforts of every individual.
Likely playing 11 of India
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravi Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
Team News for England
England have added David Malan and Saqib Mahmood to their roster for the third Test. Dominic Sibley has been dropped after averaging less than 20 in ten Tests this year, along with Zak Crawley. It looks like Malan will make a comeback after a gap of 3 years. He averaged 66 in last year’s county season while scoring 199 runs in his only appearance this season. Ollie Pope and Dan Lawrence have kept their places in the squad. Craig Overton or Saqib Mahmood might replace injured Mark Wood.
Likely playing 11 of England
Rory Burns, David Malan, Haseeb Hameed, Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Ollie Robinson, Craig Overton, James Anderson
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The weather is expected to be partly cloudy throughout the Test. The temperature will be between 11 to 19 degrees. The pitch helps seamers at Headingley under the windy conditions. The last time England played here, they were bowled out for 67 in the first innings but overpowered Australia to register a 1-wicket victory.
Betting Predictions for England vs India 3rd Test Match 2021
Match Result Prediction
India are the favourites to win the third Test after their comeback in the second Test. They were on the backfoot from the 2nd day till the 1st session of the last day. But then they pulled off a 151-run victory. Also, England’s batting seems completely dependent on captain Joe Root. Therefore, India is being looked at as the favourite in the third Test.
Winner: India (2.30)
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Best Player of the match
English skipper Joe Root is in the form of his life with 2 centuries and a half-century in 4 innings of the series. He has 386 runs in 2 Tests at an average of 128.67. He will be the player to look out for.
Best Player of the Match: Joe Root (6.5)
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Highest Opening Partnership
Indian openers have dominated the English bowling attack so far in both Tests. KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma had put on a 97 runs partnership in the 1st innings of the first Test, followed by 126 runs partnership in the first innings of the second test. They are expected to continue their dominance in the third Test at Headingley.
Highest Opening Partnership: India (1.67)
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Any player scoring 100 or more runs
Since it is a Test match, a hundred is expected from one of the batters. England Skipper Joe Root has 2 centuries in this series while KL Rahul has one. A 100 plus score is expected in the third Test too.
Any player scoring 100 or more runs: Yes (1.162)
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Team to Lead after first innings
India were trailing after the first innings in both tests that have been played. But they reduced the gap in the second Test and are in complete control of the English conditions. They are sure to lead the third Test at the end of the first innings.
Team to lead after 1st innings: India (1.73)
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England Top Bowler 1st Innings
James Anderson will be the first choice to pick from the English attack. Anderson, who recently became the third-leading wicket-taker in Tests, has already taken 9 wickets in this series. Plus, bowling under the cloudy weather is Anderson’s forte.
England Top Bowler 1st Innings: James Anderson (3.25)
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