ABOUT THE MATCH
The 2019 Ashes series continues at Headingley, Leeds, for the third of five tests. Australia continues to lead 1-0 after winning the first match, before a draw at Lord’s. The third-place takes place between August 22 and August 26.
Steve Smith’s fine batting form had put the Aussies in control of this series until Jofra Archer’s hostile bowling led to him suffering a concussion after being struck in the second test. If he misses out, this could be England’s chance to level the series.
The English will have taken plenty of heart from the second test, which suffered as a result of the rain. They had Australia six down in the final session when the match ended in a draw. With ICC World Test Championship points up for grabs, as well as the Ashes, of course, this is a key match for the hosts.
Australia has won the toss twice so far so, on his home ground, Joe Root is due to win this time out. The England captain could elect to field first and get at the Aussies early on
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
The forecast for Leeds is vastly better than that which beset the second test at Lord’s. Temperatures should be in the 20s, with Friday and Saturday particularly good according to the forecast. The chance of rain is low.
A balanced Headingley wicket can benefit both batsmen and bowlers, with the overhead conditions usually a bigger factor. On a warm, sunny week as has been forecast, it could be something for the batsmen – but the pitch is unlikely to change dramatically over the five days
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- England will hope they can build on their ODI side’s World Cup success over the summer and use that experience to their advantage as many of that side now feature in the squad for the longer format of Ashes series
- England’s test form has been up and down and that has been reflected in this series.
- They let big chances slip in the first test, as Australia eventually wrapped up a 251-run win, but enjoyed some good spells at Lord’s last time out.
- They eventually set the tourists 266 to win in a rain-affected match and had them 154/6 after Jofra Archer’s three wickets in the second innings when the match ended.
|Top 3 batsman England||Top 3 Middle Order England||Top 3 Bowler England|
|Rory Burns||Ben Stokes||Chris Woakes|
|Joe Denly||Jos Buttler||Stuart Broad|
|Joe Root (c)||Jonny Bairstow (Wk)||Jofra Archer|
- Australia will be confident of retaining the Ashes as they head to England but will have to overcome recent history after failing to win an Ashes series away from home since a 4-1 triumph back in 2001
- Australia is very vulnerable, as they lose their openers very quickly and that is what it must guard against.
- The bowling department of Australia is in good form.
- They were in great form and confidence after winning the 1st Ashes test. But the 2nd test has drawn.
- The big question centers around Steve Smith’s fitness, with the Aussies’ star batsman a major doubt after his concussion in the second test.
- He was struck on the neck when batting and Marnus Labuschagne could replace him this time out, having become the first-ever concussion substitute last time out.
|Top 3 batsman Australia||Top 3 Middle Order Australia||Top 3 Bowler Australia|
|David Warner||Travis Head||Pat Cummins|
|Cameron Bancroft||Tim Paine (C, Wk)||Nathan Lyon|
|Usman Khawaja||Matthew Wade||Peter Siddle|
PROBABLE WINNING TEAM:
England will look sneak a win this time in absence of Steve Smith. England looks confident enough to win this Test.
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