MyTeam11 Match Predictions: England vs Pakistan Fantasy Tips, 3rd Test Match, August 21 | After the rain-affected second Test match between England and Pakistan ended in a draw, the teams will meet again for one final time in the series, which is commencing on Friday at The Rose Bowl in Southampton. The hosts lead the three-match Test series 1-0 and go into the final Test knowing that they cannot lose the series. The weather might play a spoilsport again in the final Test and if it does so, England would be the happier side at the end of what has been a closely fought contest till now.
Date: 21st August 2020
Time: 3:30 pm (IST)
Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton
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Ben Stokes is unavailable for the third Test match as well as he has flown back to New Zealand for family reasons. No injury has been reported yet.
Although England are already ahead in the series, a desirable result in the final Test will take them ahead of Australia in the ICC World Test Championship points table. Similarly, Pakistan will also sense an opportunity to not only avenge their heart-breaking defeat in the first Test of the series, but also overtake New Zealand in the Test Championship tally and reach the fourth place.
The good news for England is that James Anderson seems to have found his lost rhythm and is back to troubling the opponent batsmen. Zak Crawley also had a good game in the absence of Ben Stokes and would be looking to continue the same form in the final Test. Sam Curran and Chris Woakes have given the side a lot more options both with the bat and the ball and could be the trump cards for England in this game.
As far as Pakistan are concerned, they would want more from their batting unit especially from their skipper Azhar Ali, who hasn’t looked in great form throughout the series. A good knock from the captain is long due and he would want to make a statement by playing an innings of substance in the final Test of the series. Abid Ali and Babar Azam
could also provide that innings for Pakistan but with their captain among the runs, that batting units would certainly look a lot more balanced. The Pakistani bowling unit has been in great form and there are lesser reasons to worry in that aspect of their game.
Probable Playing XI
England: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root (c), Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
Pakistan: Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali (c), Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah
Captain: Chris Woakes
Vice-Captain: Babar Azam
Wicketkeepers: Mohammad Rizwan, Jos Buttler
Batsmen: Shan Masood, Babar Azam (vc), Joe Root, Rory Burns, Ollie Pope
All-rounders: Chris Woakes, Sam Curran
Bowlers: Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Yasir Shah