England vs India: Buckle up for another Test that promises to be a roller coaster of emotions, action, and skills between two of the top teams on the planet.
Date: August 25-29, 2021
Time: 3:30 PM (IST)
Venue: Leeds, England
After a fantastic game of Test match cricket at Lord’s, where the Indians had the last laugh on an enthralling Day 5, the England-India Test series will return with the third Test at Leeds. While the Three Lions finally lost the Test by 151 runs, there were enough positives to take away from the encounter. The hosts were favourites to win in the opening hour of Day 5, but the match was so emotionally charged, and the change of events so dramatic, that they ended up trying to rescue the Test and lost all their wickets in less than two sessions for just 120 runs.
Finding a method to recover from this defeat would be a major challenge for England. Joe Root stated that they have faced similar situations in the past and have come back to win the series. That is precisely what the squad should be convinced of—that they can, in fact, recover from a heartbreaking loss.
It will be difficult to halt India, who are not only 1-0 ahead but also believe they could have won the opening encounter at Trent Bridge had weather not intervened. With such confidence, India will once again be a force to be reckoned with, but England will give it their all to test Kohli and his team.
Fasten your seat belts for another Test between two of the top teams in the world, which promises to be a roller coaster of emotions, action, and skills.
Head to Head:
England won: 48
India won: 30
England vs India- Team News:
England’s Moeen Ali was efficient with the ball, even assisting them in regaining control after the Indian openers had created the groundwork for a large total. Moeen should be able to keep his spot in the starting lineup. Because Chris Woakes is still absent, Craig Overton might start in place of Sam Curran, who hasn’t had a great series so far and even got out for a king pair in the Lord’s test. Mark Wood has also been ruled out of the third Test, while Dominic Sibley has been dropped. The setup has been recalled by Dawid Malan.
Given how everyone has contributed, I don’t see any changes to the Indian team. Shardul Thakur, an Indian all-rounder, has regained his fitness and is available for selection. It will be difficult for him to replace Ishant Sharma, who was instrumental in India’s victory. R Ashwin, the senior spinner, will also not be included in the squad.
Players to keep an eye on include
Former India great Sunil Gavaskar believes Rohit Sharma is on the verge of a century. The Hitman has been in excellent form, scoring a half-century in the first innings at Lord’s and being dismissed in the low 80s.
With the bat, England has mostly been a one-man show. But, more than the batter, all eyes will be on Joe Root, the captain, and how he organises his resources in the aftermath of the second Test’s heartbreaking loss.
Probable Playing XI:
England: Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Craig Overton, Ollie Robinson, Saqib Mahmood, James Anderson
India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj