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Steve Smith Overtakes Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag To Became Fastest Batsman To Score 7,500 Test Runs
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Australia vs India 2020-21: Steve Smith Is Under Microscope Than Others: Sports Integrity Expert

Steve Smith’s video of scuffing up Rishabh Pant’s guard during drinks break in the 1st session of Day 5 of the Sydney Test has gone viral on social media. And, netizens were quick to label him a cheater again. Also, this has again brought up the Sandpapergate scandal in the discussion, in which Steve Smith, who was the then captain of Australia, was banned for tampering with the ball against South Africa in 2018.

Although it has been more than two years since that incident, the dark past of Steve Smith has never left him. And, the dots are being connected to the current Sydney Test to easily accuse him of cheating again.

Steve Smith is obviously under a lot of attention by the world media: Darren Murphy

However, Smith has not done anything illegal but questions have raised on his sportsmanship.

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Steve Smith scuffing up the batting crease. Image Credit: Twitter.

Sports Integrity expert with Cricket Australia Darren Murphy has warned the world-class batsman to be careful of his on-field actions. He stated that whether Smith has done cheating or not but he will always be under the scanner considering he has gone through a dark past.

“With Steve Smith he’s obviously under a lot of attention by the world media and I just think you’ve got to be really careful with how your actions and behaviour are perceived – and he’s under the microscope more than others,” Core Integrity chief executive Darren Murphy told 7NEWS.com.au.

“Whether his actions constitute cheating, it’s not for me to say. (But) once you transgress in a sport, whether it’s for off-field behaviour issue or elsewhere, you’ve got to expect you’re going to be under the microscope.”

Stay away from attacking someone for their race: Darren Murphy

Australia vs India 2020-21: Indian Bowlers Are Playing With Steve Smith And Marnus Labuschange's Mind, Feels Aussie Coach
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Besides the accusations on Steve Smith, Australia skipper Tim Paine’s onfield behaviour from Day 5 of the Test was also under the scanner. Paine had a lot of chatter and eventual exchange with India’s Ravichandran Ashwin.
Murphy believes that Paine did not cross a line in his sledging the Indian off-spinner.

“I might be a bit contrarian with my view here but I think the sledging thing has been a bit overplayed if I’m honest. Trash talking and sledging is a common thing in any sport at most levels and I personally don’t think there’s an issue with a bit of trash talk but I think you’ve got to make sure it stays within the bounds.

“Stay away from attacking someone for their race, religion, gender, sexuality and those kind of things and don’t make it too personal, then I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a bit of competitive trash talking,” he added.

Meanwhile, India and Australia will play the last and fourth Test match in The Gabba, Brisbane, commencing from January 15.

Australia vs India 2020-21: Pat Cummins Reveals The Plan Of Australia On Day Four
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Australia vs India 2020-21: Pat Cummins Reveals The Plan Of Australia To Bundle Out India On Day Four

After bowling out India for 244 runs on day three, Australia’s bowling machine Pat Cummins reckons the host had a great day with having a big lead of 197 runs. He has revealed that Australia will be looking to bat until two sessions on day three and then have a crack at India in the last innings.

Pat Cummins’, basically, sounds to tire the visitors. If Australia successfully bats for two sessions, the Indian bowlers will be tired while the fielder’s energy will also be down by the time they come for batting in the last session.

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“It was a good day. Woke up this morning hoping that by the close of the play today we wouldn’t be bowling and then to have a lead of 200 (197 runs), it’s a great day,” Pat Cummins said on Sony Network at the end of Day 3.

“I think the runs (the lead) is probably going to be the most important. At least one and a half to two sessions tomorrow and then probably have a crack at them,” Pat Cummins added.

Pat Cummins gets the wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara for the fourth time in this series:

Cheteshwar Pujara,
Cheteshwar Pujara. Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Talking about the third day of the Sydney Test, India were dominant position until the stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane gave away his wicket to Cummins. The speedster also went on to pick the wicket of India’s wall Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored his slowest fifty in Test cricket. He later than also picked the wicket of Mohammed Siraj.

Apart from Cummins, Hazlewood also got two wickets of and Mitchell Starc took one wicket. Three Indian players were run-out on Saturday to add to the team’s batting woes.

Australia vs India 2020-21: Excited Tim Paine Had Informed Will Pucovski About His Debut A Couple Of Days Before Sydney Test
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Australia vs India 2020-21: Excited Tim Paine Had Informed Will Pucovski About His Debut A Couple Of Days Before Sydney Test

Australia’s Test captain Tim Paine could not keep secret with Will Pucvoski that he will be making his debut in the Sydney Test match. He has confessed that he had informed the youngster about his debut a couple of days before the Test.

Will Pucovski had a dream-like start to his Test career. He registered a maiden half-century which was supported by two dropped catches by Rishabh Pant. He rode his luck on a couple of occasions but made 62 crucial runs from 149 deliveries.

Tim Paine Had Informed Will Pucovski About His Debut A Couple Of Days Before Sydney Test

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Talking to Cricket.com.au after the end of day one, Tim Paine said he couldn’t lie to the youngster when he inquired him about his debut. The skipper said he was excited to share the happy news for him.

“I might have a little bit of a confession to make actually. Because he (Pucovski) was in my room a couple of days ago and he sort of asked (if he would be making his debut). I couldn’t lie to him. I said, ‘You are playing, but don’t tell anyone.’ So I let it slip, but I was just excited for a mate,” said Tim Paine.

Australia vs India 2020-21: Excited Tim Paine Had Informed Will Pucovski About His Debut A Couple Of Days Before Sydney Test 3
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Andrew McDonald had given the baggy green to Will Puckovski on his debut. It was a proud moment for the Assistant coach as well because he had coached him for three years during his stint with victoria. Tim Paine suggested that Pucovski’s debut was a special moment for McDonald as well.

“He’s (McDonald) gone through a lot with him, in his development, on his Shield debut, and also through a lot of tough times for Will. I know they’ve got a great relationship and it was a really special moment for both of them,” added Tim Paine.

Talking about the Sydney Test’s first day, India has sent both the openers packing on the flat pitch. However, Australia’s two batting mainstays Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne are still standing firm at the crease.

Australia vs India 2020-21: Mark Waugh Criticises David Warner After His Early Departure In Sydney Comeback Match
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Australia vs India 2020-21: Mark Waugh Criticises David Warner After His Early Departure In Sydney Comeback Match

Former Australian captain Mark Waugh has heavily criticised David Warner for playing an ‘impatient shot’ in his comeback Test match in Sydney against India. The left-hand batsman is playing the maiden Test of the four-match Test series after being ruled of the first two Tests because of a groin injury.

In the fourth over off Mohammed Siraj’s ball, David Warner tried to play a cover drive but got the outside edge and the bowl flew to first slip where Cheteshwar Pujara was stationed. He safely grabbed the ball to sent Warner early for five runs.

Mark Waugh slams David Warner:

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Mark Waugh lashed out at Warner for giving his wicket cheaply. He was disappointed with the shot selection of the southpaw at the early of the first session.

“That’s just a loose shot. That’s not a shot you want to be playing in the first 20 minutes of a Test match. You’re driving on the up, it’s not there to drive and it’s wide as well and you’re throwing your hands at it,” Waugh told Fox Cricket.

David Warner is restricting his moment because he has still not fully recovered from the injury. But Mark Waugh feels that there is no justification for his impatient shot whether he is fit or not.

“Even if his groin was okay, he would have had to take an almighty step to get even close to that delivery. Just an impatient shot really and maybe trying to get runs on the board quickly,” he added.

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Meanwhile, day one of India ended with Australia putting 166 runs on the board at the loss of two wickets. Had rain not interrupted, the host would have put up 300 runs on board in the flat pitch of Sydney.

The debutant Will Pucovski scored his maiden Test century and stitched up 100 runs partnership with Marnus Labuschagne before losing his wicket.

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Australia vs India, 3rd Test: Fantasy Cricket Tips – India’s Tour Of Australia 2020-21

The hosts Australia will take on the visitors Indian team in the third Test of the ongoing series from Thursday (7th January) at Sydney Cricket Ground (Sydney).

The four-match Test series is currently standing in level by the 1-1 margin with two more Tests to go. Australia won the pink-ball Test at Adelaide by 8 wickets, which was the opening game of this Test series.

Meanwhile, India won the second Test of this series at Melbourne by 8 wickets, which began on the 2020 Boxing Day.

Australia vs India, 3rd Test: Complete Squads

Australia: Tim Paine (C), Sean Abbott, Pat Cummins, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Will Pucovski, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner

India: Ajinkya Rahane (C), Rohit Sharma (vc), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Rishabh Pant (wk), Jasprit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Thangarasu Natarajan

Australia vs India, 3rd Test: Playing XIs

Australia (predicted XI): David Warner, Will Pucovski, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Travis Head, Tim Paine (C/wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

India (announced XI): Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (C), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj, Navdeep Saini

Australia vs India, 3rd Test: Fantasy Cricket Tips

Australia

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David Warner has returned to the squad along with youngster and uncapped Will Pucovski. In the last Test, Australia had zero 50+ scores from their batsmen. While only captain Tim Paine and now-excluded Joe Burns hit half-centuries in this Test series for Australia, Marnus Labuschagne is their leading run-scorer this series with 129 runs in four innings (average 32.25). Also, Matthew Wade has scored 111 runs (average 27.75) in this Test series.

While the pacer Pat Cummins is the joint-leading wicket-taker in this Test series with 10 wickets, the left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc has got 8 wickets this Test series. Also, Josh Hazlewood, the only five-wicket haul bowler in this Test series, has bagged 7 wickets in this series.

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While Umesh Yadav and KL Rahul are the fresh names to get ruled out from the remainder of this away Test series, Rohit Sharma and T Natarajan have joined the Test squad. Rohit’s addition is important for the Indian team who will play the vice-captain role of this Indian team.

Stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane is the only centurion in this Test series yet as he is the leading run-scorer in this Test series with 181 runs in four innings (average 60.33). In the last Test at Melbourne, Rahane scored 112 runs during India’s first innings. Youngster Shubman Gill impressed in the last Test, where the Test debutant scored 45 and 35 not out. In the middle-order batting, Ravindra Jadeja’s half-century played an important role for the Indian team to put the visitors to the strong position in the last game.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has taken 10 wickets in this Test series. Also, the right-arm pacer Jasprit Bumrah has got 8 wickets in this Test series. While Mohammed Siraj made his Test debut in the last game, the right-arm pacer impressed by taking a total of five wickets in that Test.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain – Ajinkya Rahane, Marnus Labuschagne, Pat Cummins

Vice-captain – Ravichandran Ashwin, Mitchell Starc

Suggested Playing XI for Fantasy Cricket (1):

Wicket-keeper(s) – Tim Paine

Batsmen – Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (C)

All-rounder(s) – Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja

Bowlers – Pat Cummins (vc), Mitchell Starc, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah

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Suggested Playing XI for Fantasy Cricket (2):

Wicket-keeper(s) – Matthew Wade, Rishabh Pant

Batsmen – Marnus Labuschagne (C), David Warner, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma

All-rounder(s) – Ravichandran Ashwin (vc), Ravindra Jadeja

Bowlers – Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Jasprit Bumrah

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Virat Kohli's Childhood Coach Believes Rohit Sharma Can Counter Attack Australia With The New Ball
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Virat Kohli’s Childhood Coach Believes Rohit Sharma Can Counter-attack Australia With The New Ball

Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma believes that Rohit Sharma’s addition to the playing XI is a big boost for Team India in the ongoing Test series against Australia. The hitman has replaced Mayank Agarwal in the final XI for the third Test considering the latter had struggled to middle the ball in the first two Tests.

But the questions have raised that whether the selection of Rohit Sharma over Mayank Agarwal is a good decision considering he hasn’t played a Test for over a year. He last played the Test series against Bangladesh at home in November 2019.

In the Test series against New Zealand in 2020, he was ruled out after sustaining a calf injury in the limited-overs leg. Moreover, the Sydney Test will be his first away Test match as an opener. Thus, many doubts about whether he could get better off a strong Australian bowling line up at their home.

Virat Kohli’s Childhood Coach Believes Rohit Sharma Can Counter Attack Australia With The New Ball

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But Rajkumar Sharma has full faith in Rohit Sharma that he will reign in Australia. He heaped praise on the right-hand batsman, stating that no one can play the hook and pull shot better than Rohit.

“It will be a great boost with the addition of Rohit Sharma as he is a great batsman. No one plays the hook or pull shot better than him in the team. He can counter-attack the Australian pacers with the new ball,” Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar said.

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Rohit Sharma has impressed in the net session, whose video has gone viral on social media. He had missed the Adelaide and MCG Test because, following his completion of rehab, he was quarantining in Australia. After testing negative for COVID-19 and following all the COVID-19 procedure, he was available to play the remaining two Test matches.

Currently, the four-match Test series is levelled with Australia winning the opening match while India making a strong comeback in the second Test match. The third Test will begin on January 7 in Sydney.

Australia vs India 2020-21: David Warner Likely To Play Sydney Test Even If He Is Not 100% Fit
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Australia vs India 2020-21: David Warner Likely To Play Sydney Test Even If He Is Not 100% Fit

After facing an embarrassing eight-wickets defeat in MCG, Australia is desperate to win the third Test against India and thus, they are looking to play David Warner even if he is 100% match fit. Australia’s assistant coach Andrew McDonald said the same, stating that even if he’s 90-95% fit, they will want him to play in Sydney.

David Warner, who sustained a groin injury in the second ODI during the fielding, was named in the 18-member squad while Joe Burns was dropped. He has been seen in nets practising but running a bit in between the wickets.

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Andrew McDonald has revealed that they are considering to keep David Warner in the playing XI for the much-awaited third Test.

“That’s a real, clear option. He may not be 100 per cent fit — who is coming off an injury? You never know until you get out there,” Andrew McDonald said during a virtual press conference as quoted by Reuters.

He added that they would have a conversation with the southpaw about his fitness level to play the extended format.

“Look, if he’s 90-95% fit and the conversation is that he’s fit enough to be able to go out there and perform his duties for the team, then I’m sure that’ll be a conversation the coach has with the player,” he added.

“Most times Justin (Langer) is pretty open with the players in terms of giving them accountability around that,” McDonald said.

David Warner optimistic to return:

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McDonald also stated that the left-hand batsman is optimistic about his return and is really excited to be back with the squad.

“He’s (Warner) very optimistic that he should be ready to go, which is great news for us. We are really excited to have him back,” McDonald said.

“I’m sure that he’s excited to come back into the group as well. There’s nothing worse than being injured when you are at the top of your game as David has been over a period of time.” he added.

Talking about the young gun Will Pucovski, who has also been named in the squad for the third Test, McDonald said that the opening batsman, who suffered a ninth concussion, will be put under some tests before making himself available for the selection.

“He will be put through tests whatever it needs to be put through to make himself available for selection to potentially open the batting. So it’s good to have a little bit of depth out there.” McDonald said.

The third Test will begin on January 7 in Sydney, where the new strain of coronavirus has been found.

India vs Australia, 3rd Test: Masks Mandatory for Fans at Sydney Test
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Australia vs India 2020-21: Players Not Moving Sydney; Ordered To Stay Few More Days In Melbourne

The second Test between India and Australia ended on Tuesday (December 29) in Melbourne but they are not travelling to the third Test venue i.e, Sydney. Cricket Australia head Nick Hockley has stated the players will stay in Melbourne for few more days and will move to Sydney just a few days before the start of the third Test.

As the new coronavirus strain has been found in Sydney, Cricket Australia is taking all the measures in place to go with the plans for the ongoing Test series which is currently even-steven.

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“Last night’s announcement was that we are proceeding to Sydney and we are putting our plans in place to do that safely. The players will be in Melbourne for a few more days training there, before moving to Sydney a couple of days ahead of the Test match,” Hockley said while speaking to reporters on Wednesday during a virtual interaction.

The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) curator had, meanwhile, begun preparing a pitch next to the one where the second Test was played as standby.

Sydney to stage only 50% of their capacity:

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Rishabh Pant has scored a century at Sydney Cricket Ground (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Wednesday said that the state government could allow about 50 per cent crowd for the third Test which means that there could be 24,000 spectators.

“I think the NSW Premier’s comments are a baseline. We will continue to work over the coming days with the NSW government and the SCG. Ultimately, we will take the government advice, how many we can have safely.
“We want as many people as possible to experience the New Year’s Test. To do that safely is the target. Fifty percent public is a baseline. We will work in the coming days if we can get more but safety is the priority,” Hockley added.
Meanwhile, India made a great comeback in the series after a moral-destroying loss in the first Test. They won the second Test by eight wickets.
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England vs Pakistan 2020, 3rd Test: Match Preview, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Prediction, Live Streaming Details

The third and final Test between the hosts England and the visitors Pakistan will begin on Friday (21st August) at The Rose Bowl (Southampton). Before this Test match, England are leading this series by 1-0. So, Pakistan must have to win this upcoming Test to save this series, while another draw is enough for the hosts to win this three-match Test series.

Old Trafford (Manchester) hosted the opening Test of this series. It was a very tight game but the hosts England finally managed to win that Test by three wickets.

The Rose Bowl (Southampton) hosted the second Test of this series where the rainy weather discouraged that game and only 134.3 overs were possible to bowl in that entire Test which couldn’t complete the first two innings of the Test.

England vs Pakistan 2020, 3rd Test: Full Squad

England: Joe Root (c), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Dom Sibley, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

Pakistan: Azhar Ali (c), Babar Azam (vc), Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Imam-ul-Haq, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan and Yasir Shah.

England vs Pakistan 2020, 3rd Test: Pitch Preview

The Rose Bowl (Southampton) has already organised two Tests in this season. While West Indies claimed a four-wicket victory at this venue in early July, the unstoppable rainy weather forced to settle with a boring draw in the previous Test against Pakistan in the last week.

Both the Tests of this season at this venue hadn’t the high-scoring encounter.

England vs Pakistan 2020, 3rd Test: Weather Forecast

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Once again the non-stop rain can spoil the upcoming Test between England and Pakistan. Except for the fourth day of this Test match (24th August), there are the very good chances that rain could interrupt the Test match.

England vs Pakistan 2020, 3rd Test: Predicted XI

England: Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Joe Root (c), Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, Dominic Bess and James Anderson

Pakistan: Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali (c), Babar Azam, Fawad Alam, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Naseem Shah

England vs Pakistan 2020, 3rd Test: Match Prediction

While it is the must-win game for the Pakistan team, their batsmen must have to perform well. This Pakistan team is really competitive, especially when England are currently struggling in Test cricket due to the lack of in-form batsmen. Both the bowling sides have dominated in this series, and they are once again going to play a crucial role in the series-decider.

England vs Pakistan 2020, 3rd Test: Fantasy Tips

England

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Once again England will miss their all-rounder Ben Stokes. While most of the other English batsmen are struggling to maintain consistency, opener Dom Sibley has maintained the consistent image with the bat very well.

While the most wicket-taker of this series Stuart Broad (10 wickets) is currently in great form, another experienced English pacer James Anderson also bowled well in the previous Test match.

We can’t also put out the game changers Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes, who played the vital roles in the fourth innings of the first Test of this series that helped the England team to snatch a victory. Youngster Sam Curran is another name, who has mostly played crucial roles in the home Tests.

Pakistan

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While Shan Masood impressed with his batting in the first Test of this series, another opener Abid Ali and wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan performed impressively in the rain-marred second Test. However, Babar Azam is still the vital cog in this batting line-up.

The pacers Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Naseem Shah have impressed in this tour. The leg-spinner Yasir Shah is currently the second most wicket-taker in this Test series with nine wickets.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection

Captain Options: Babar Azam, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad

Vice-Captain Options: Yasir Shah, Shan Masood, Joe Root

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket

Wicket-keeper(s): Jos Buttler

Batsmen: Babar Azam (C), Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Joe Root, Ollie Pope

All-rounder(s): Chris Woakes, Sam Curran

Bowler: Yasir Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Stuart Broad (vc)

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket

Wicket-keeper(s): Mohammad Rizwan

Batsmen: Babar Azam, Shan Masood, Joe Root, Dom Sibley

All-rounder(s): Chris Woakes (C), Sam Curran

Bowlers: Yasir Shah (vc), Mohammad Abbas, James Anderson, Stuart Broad

England vs Pakistan 2020, 3rd Test: Live Streaming Details

The morning session of each day of this Test match has been scheduled to begin at 15:30 IST.

TV: Sony Six, Sony Six HD

Online: SonyLIV app

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England Vs West Indies 2020, 3rd Test: Day 3 – England Start Dreaming To Win The Series After An All-Round Domination Day

The hosts England smell the Test series win against the West Indies after their dominating performances on the entire third day of the ongoing third and final match of this Test series at Manchester.

Starting the day on their overnight score of 137/6 in the first innings, the Caribbean team managed to escape from the follow-on but they were bundled out for just 197 runs. Leading by 172 runs, England declared their second innings on 226/2. Chasing down the 399 runs target, West Indies finished the day on 10/2.

England pacer Stuart Broad picked up a total of six wickets on the day three

Overnight Caribbean batsmen, captain Jason Holder and wicketkeeper-batsman Shane Dowrich started the morning with new hope as their partnership added 41 runs. After the crucial 68 runs partnership for the seventh wicket, Holder was dismissed for 46 runs. The last three partnerships only managed to add combinedly 19 runs. Dowrich (37 runs) was the last batsman to lose the wicket in that innings, while the English pacer Stuart Broad took all the four wickets in that morning.

Broad finished that innings with the incredible bowling figures of 14-4-31-6 as he registered his 18th five-wicket haul in Test career.

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The English top-order batsmen dominated in their second innings. The openers Rory Burns and Dom Sibley set the 114 runs partnership, which was England’s first 100+ opening partnership in a home Test in four years.

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After Sibley (56) was trapped lbw by the Caribbean Test skipper Jason Holder, England Test captain Joe Root joined the crease with Burns. Their partnership quickly added 112 runs for the second wicket but Burns just missed out his Test century for just 10 runs as he was dismissed by Roston Chase after scoring 90 runs. Root remained not out on 68 runs off 56 balls (8 fours and only six) as he declared the innings after Burns’ dismissal.

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At the beginning of the fourth innings, West Indies batted for just six overs before the day’s play finally ended. However, even in that very short time, Stuart Broad managed to take two wickets as those dismissed batsmen were opener John Campbell (0) and nightwatchman Kemar Roach (4). Another opener Kraigg Brathwaite (2*) and Shai Hope (4*) managed to save their wickets at the stumps of the day. Broad is now only one wicket away to complete his 500 Test wickets.

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