India vs England pink ball test match preview, Predication XI.
The third Test match will be all-new for both teams as there are too many variables in the third Test. It includes the stadium: Motera stadium hasn’t hosted any international match since 2014, the ball: both the teams haven’t had a good experience of the pink ball, the surface of which no one is sure if that’ll turn, etc. Hence, although India might have the home advantaged as 50% crowd is expected to cheer the Indian team but apart from that, it’ll be an indistinguishable contest between the two sides.
The India England series is all set as the series is levelled up with 1-1.
Talking about the playing XI, fully recharged Jasprit Bumrah will be back in action after resting in the second Test. He might replace Kuldeep Yadav if India wants to go with 3 pacers or he might even replace Siraj if India prefers 3 spinners. It solely depends on the surface, mind you. On the other hand, James Anderson will be back after a break. He will be the man to have a look on as he loves swinging the ball in the evening session. He’ll be an important asset for Root and company especially after the sunset when there’ll be a small amount of moisture. Moreover, Bairstow will be back as well following the rotation policy that English Cricket has adopted.
It’s a must-win game for India so as to qualify for the World Test championship finals. If India loses this one, they are certainly out of the race. And if England went on to win these two games, they’re in. Else, Australia will prevail. Therefore, it is a do or die game for both teams. Overall, it’ll be a great contest. Virat will be hoping to end his hundred drought to end soon. He last scored a Test hundred in 2019.
India vs England pink ball test match preview, Predication XI
India : Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c) Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant ( wk), Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj.
England : Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Foakes, Ollie Pope, Chris Woakes, Jack Leach, Jofra Archer, James Anderson.