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England Vs West Indies 3rd Test Day 3 Preview

by  Neel Ashar  •  Last updated on 2020-07-25 00:52:04


With the Barmy Army absent, we would have thought that the West Indies have an added advantage over the home side, England in this 3 match Test series. They showed how classy an outfit they are in the 1st Test in Southampton winning by 4 wickets. However, as the contest moved to the Old Trafford in Manchester, they could not sustain the momentum and lost consistency, mainly in the batting and fielding departments.

Now with the series looming large on both the teams, they need to introspect what went wrong in the first 2 Tests and quickly rectify those errors to clinch the Wisden Trophy. England is well-poised to emerge triumphant, given the fact that they are experienced in these conditions and the winning momentum from the 2nd Test. Jason Holder again elected to field first. How much will this decision cost, only time will tell us. 

Match Preview

Venue: The Old Trafford, Manchester, The United Kingdom

Date: From 24th to 28th July

Time: 11:00 am onwards GMT (3:30 pm IST)

The Pitch Report

The pitch has a bit more carry and bounce than anticipated. It suits the natural stroke players from both sides. Day 3 will probably be the best day to bat on this surface when the moisture dries up and the pitch bakes under sunshine for some time. However, hit-the-deck kind of bowlers will relish the prospect of bowling on this surface. It will suit them a lot. Spinners need to wait a bit longer until Day 4 to get more purchase from this surface which is quite benign for them. 

Weather Forecast

You can never trust the weather forecasts in England. However, the forecast for Day 3 suggests that there will be plenty of rainfall for the whole day. With a maximum temperature of 17 degrees and a minimum of 12 degrees, we might see a few overs or sessions being washed out. The relative humidity is predicted to be 72 per cent for the day. Also, winds coming from the South-West direction will blow towards the North-East at a maximum speed of 21 kilometres per hour, which suggests that we might have a few thunderstorms for the day.

Match XIs

England’s Playing XI: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes,  Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Jofra Archer

West Indies’ Playing XI: Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Shamarh Brooks, Shai Hope, Jermaine Blackwood, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich (wk), Jason Holder (c), Rakheem Cornwall, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel