The third Ashes Test is all set to commence on 29th July at Edgbaston, Birmingham. With the series levelled 1-1 the third test is expected to be a cracker.
After losing the first Test by 169 runs, Australia was in absolute command in the Second Test as they decimated the Poms by a huge margin of 405 runs. After winning the toss Australia posted a huge first innings total of 566 with Chris Rogers and Steve Smith scoring big centuries. In reply England struggled to create an impact and was all out for 312. Although there was a chance for Australia to make England follow on they continued with their second innings and set a target of 508. England’s second innings response was pathetic to say the least as they fell like a pack of cards for just 103 runs and the match lasted for just 4 days.
It was a huge change of Momentum for the Australian side whereas for England it’s the exact opposite. The England side is quite hopeful for a comeback in the third Test at Edgbaston. England’s no.4 batsman spoke to the media ahead of the third Ashes Test and this is what he had to say. “Everyone is desperate to prepare well over the next few days and put that out on Wednesday. We need to build partnerships and build scores”. When asked about bouncing back Root mentioned that “We’ve had a week off and it’s a three match series now. We’ve got an excitable bunch of guys here ready to play”.
On the contrary Aussie pace bowler Mitchell Starc has warned the England batsman saying “There are some short stuffs on the menu”. Australia will be heading into the third Test with supreme confidence and would love to carry on the momentum and will be the firm favourites going in. England will have some concerns in their side though and they can hope for a turnaround as there are playing under comfortable conditions in their Home.
Australia will most probably go unchanged in the third test and for England Bairstow has been called as replacement for Ballance.
Probable playing eleven for Australia: Chris Rogers, David Warner, Steve Smith, Michael Clarke, Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon.
Probable playing eleven for England: Adam Lyth, Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Jos Butler, Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, James Anderson, Stuart Broad.
Match starts at 3.30 PM IST