Headingley, Leeds, August 22 at 03:30 PM IST
It was a dramatic end to the second Ashes Test which witnessed a draw after a fairly long time period. Noe the two teams will head to Leeds in Headingley for the third Test of the series.
The first Test at Birmingham in Edgbaston was comfortably won by the visitors by 251 runs, whereas, the second Test in Lord’s resulted in a draw.
The visitors have received a huge blow in the form of Steven Smith who has been ruled out pf the Headingley Test owing to a concussion which he suffered courtesy a lethal bouncer from Jofra Archer in the second test. This is definitely a big blow for the hosts who haven’t shown much resilience in the batting department baring the masterclass of Steven Smith.
For the hosts, things are definitely not falling into place as their batting is looking unstable with the big guns like Joe Root, Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow not performing cohesively. They have to come up with a better plan and a different mindset heading into the third Test.
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The pacers have definitely enjoyed bowling on this surface in the past and with both teams possessing a quality attack, the batsmen will definitely find it tough to score runs. Rain is a forecast on the very first day but expected to remain at the bay on the remaining days.
Tim Paine (c), Cameron Bancroft, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, Usman Khawaja, Matthew Wade, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, David Warner, Nathan Lyon, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc.
Joe Root (c), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.
AUS vs ENG Playing11
Marcus Harris, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Peter Siddle/James Pattinson, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.
Joe Root (c), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.
Fantasy picks from Australia-
Marnus Labuschagne who came as Steven Smith’s replacement in the second innings of Lord’s Test looked good for his 59.
Travis Head has accumulated 135 runs from 4 innings so far at an average of 45 with a highest score of 51.
Matthew Wade has already scored a century in the first Test played at Edgbaston. From 4 innings he has piled up 118 runs against his name.
In the absence of Steven Smith, the onus would be on David Warner to score big.
Apart from David Warner, Usman Khawaja also holds the key in the middle order. Khawaja has so far amassed 91 runs from 4 innings.
In the bowling department, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon have been giving nightmare to the English batsmen. The former has scalped 13, whereas, the latter has 12 scalps to his name from 2 matches.
Fantasy picks from England-
Opener Rory Burns has been unstoppable so far. With a century and a fifty to his name from 4 innings, he has amassed 226 runs at an average of 56.50.
All-rounder Ben Stokes is fresh of a century in the second innings of the last Test match. Owing to the century, he has amassed 184 runs from 4 innings. Apart from the runs scored, he has got 4 wickets as well.
Skipper Joe Root has been struggling so far in this series. A big knock awaits him for sure.
Jonny Bairstow the wicket-keeper batsman scored a fifty in the second innings of Lord’s Test. He has 96 runs to his name so far from 4 innings.
Stuart Broad is the leading wicket-taker with 10 scalps from 4 innings. He has been delivering at his peak currently.
Chris Woakes has 7 scalps to his name and has scored 106 runs from the two Test’s so far.
Disclaimer: Management can take late decisions depending on the match situation. The fantasy teams which we have provided here of AUS vs ENG Dream11 is best of our interest and depending on the credit scores of the players.