England vs Australia, 3rd Test Match Prediction2019-08-23
Man of the Match: Ben Stokes
?Australia will mostly be missing their most influential batsmen with Steve Smith having to sit out of the game.
?Jofra Archer has had an excellent debut game and will be raring to go again at the Aussie batsmen.
?The opening partnership for Australia has not crossed 20 even once in four innings with David Warner having had a shocker of a series so far.
CRICBETTINGBUZZ PREDICTION: England to win the match!
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England will take Austalia in the third game in Leeds on Tuesday the 22nd of August. England will likely go ahead with the same team and will look to win and get back into the series. They will be pleased to see Ben Stokes back into form with a scintillating second innings hundred also supported well by Jos Buttler and Johnny Bairstow. The bowling attack looks solid and will look to take advantage of the absence of Steve Smith and capitalize on the opposition which is low on confidence.
Australia comes into the third match of the series leading one game to zero, but with their confidence shattered and looking for answers. They come into this game without their talisman Steve Smith who is most likely to sit out because of a concussion suffered in the previous game because of a Jofra Archer bouncer. Jofra Archer on his debut test for England rattled the Aussie batsmen with his pace, bounce, and hostility. He might have already done the damage in this game by taking out the best test batsmen in the world Steve Smith.
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England came back brilliantly in the rain-curtailed the second test after their loss in the first test match of the tournament. The inclusion of Jofra Archer in place of the injured Jimmy Anderson proved to be a masterstroke as the bowler troubled the Australians with pace, movement and hostility. Ben Stokes made an exhilarating century in a tough situation and with support from Jos Buttler and Johnny Bairstow got England to a position from where they had an outside chance to force a result. England will also be pleased with the bowling of Jack Leach on the last day and will be expecting a similar performance by him. England should go into the contest without any changes from the last game.
Not all is well with the English team though with their top-order batting a concern. The form of Joe Root has become worrisome with a string of failures. Jason Roy at the top of the order has not been able to replicate his one-day performances and this has meant Root is in very early against the new ball. James Vince has thrown away a lot of starts and that has meant huge pressure on the middle and lower-order batsmen to bail them out every time.
Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Jofra Chioke Archer, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, CR Woakes, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Rory Burns, Joe Denly
|J Chioke Archer||29.0||11||59||2||2.03|
|J Chioke Archer||29.0||11||59||2||2.03|
Rory Burns, Jason Roy, Joe Root(c), Joe Denly, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow(w), Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach
Australia came into the second test with full confidence with a victory behind them and looking to win the second test and retain the Ashes. But all their best-laid plans were laid to waste by an England bowling attack led by Jofra Archer and the Aussies were lucky to get away with a draw. The loss of Steve Smith will be a huge blow as he looked like the one batsmen in the Aussie lineup who looked like he had the skills to withstand against the England bowling. His replacement Marnus Labuschagne looked solid and compact in his batting stint in the fourth innings even though he was stuck on the grill early on by an Archer bouncer.
The Aussies will be concerned with the form of their opening pair David Warner and Cameron Bancroft and unable to put on a solid opening start. Usman Khawaja has been disappointing too while Travis Head and Matthew Wade have had a couple of good innings. The batting lineup will be expected to collectively raise the performance in the absence of Steve Smith and put runs on the board for their bowlers. The bowling attack has been more or less efficient but there will be thoughts of whether they need to get James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc to the playing eleven.
Tim Paine, James Pattinson, Marcus Harris, Pat Cummins, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Matthew Wade, Usman Khawaja, David Warner, TM Head, Josh Hazlewood
Cameron Bancroft, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine(w/c), Pat Cummins, Peter Siddle/ James Pattinson, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
The pitch should again be a good cricket wicket with help to the bowlers early in the game. The Dukes ball also moves a lot more compared to the other balls and so the bowlers will look to make an impact with the new ball. The batsmen will have to be careful playing out the new ball early on and will have to be cautious at the start of the innings. The weather forecast looks to be good for the duration of the match and we should not expect any rain interruptions during the course of the match.
The Headingly ground is known to produce results and so both teams will be looking to turn the game in their favor. The last 6 test matches have produced results with England on the right side 3 times while they have lost the other 3 times. England will be hoping for a pitch with assistance to the fast bowlers to target the weakened Aussie batting lineup.
The toss depends on the nature of the track and the moisture present initially. If the pitch is sufficiently dry, teams will look to bat first and take advantage of the better batting conditions. However, if the track has a lot of moisture, then the captain winning the toss will choose to let his bowlers take advantage of the conditions.
England despite being one down in the tournament will come into this game with a confident mindset after the performance in the last game. The addition of Jofra Archer and the possible absence of Steve Smith will make them favorites before the start of the game. Australia will be hoping the other batsmen step up and fill the void and get the runs the bowlers need to work with. England will be pleased to see their middle-order back in form and will hope they continue the run-scoring ways.
In the absence of Steve Smith who has had a great series so far, England look like the firm favorites going into the third test.
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