Date & Time: Friday, August 21, 15:30 IST
Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton, England
Here comes the final clash of the series which is to be played at Southampton after a rain washout game. Both teams have their own reasons to come out to the park with extra motivation. England will look to bag the series while the Azhar Ali-led side has the work to level the series.
There was not much action in the second Test as both teams bat only once. The visitors scored 236 runs in the first innings, riding on half-centuries from Abid Ali and Mohammad Rizwan. Babar Azam also played a solid knock, but the fans will expect a better show from Pakistan captain Azhar Ali.
A draw or victory in the third test would give England a first series win over Pakistan in 10 years and there is increased hope that a result will be possible in Southampton after a frustrating, weather-affected second match last week.
The all-rounder Ben Stokes will once again be unavailable for this game and the burden of delivering will be on the all-rounder Chris Woakes while the number four batsman Zak Crawley has been doing a fine job whenever he has gotten a chance. Further, the form of Dominic Sibley will be an additional benefit alongside the bowling department.
Meanwhile, the visitors are expected to enter the contest with the same playing XI, which means Fawad Alam would get one more chance to display his skills. The team will once again rely on the bowling department, who have been exceptional in the tour so far. The likes of Mohammad Abbas and Shaheen Afridi will be the players to watch out.
While a few Pakistan players have been in phenomenal touch, England will start as the favorites to win this Test and overtake Australia on the ICC World Test Championship points table.
For Pakistan, Fawad Alam is an interesting choice for this game. Making a comeback after almost a decade, he lost his wicket for a duck in the last match. Since he performed exceptionally well in the domestic circuit, he might receive another opportunity to prove himself. Thus a similar lineup is expected for Pakistan. On the other hand, England is also expected to head into the game with the same Eleven.
Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root (c), Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
Shan Mahsood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah
It is going to be a breezy couple of days in the game, which would certainly help the swing bowlers. Traditionally, the venue has always given assistance to the spinners but in the last few years, fast bowlers are taking the headlines with uneven bounce on the wicket. As the game progress, spinners come into play. All in all, an even contest between the ball and bat is expected for this contest.
The right-handed batsman and the skipper of England is finding it difficult to register a triple-digit score this summer, but the flamboyant batsman has the ability to make it big on his day. He is your must-have batsman, as he has PPM of over 100 in all departments.
The Pakistan superstar Babar Azam is another must-have player for this game. The right-handed batsman is in fine nick of form and will look to show his mark in the final game with a big knock. Apart from that, stats also indicate that he is a fine choice in the lineup.
The right-handed fast bowler had done extremely well in the recent past and should be your first pick in any type of contest. The lanky fast bowler is not only delivering the goods with the ball but also delivering them with his batting.
He is yet another player, who has been extremely impressive in the recent past. He has been incredible with his approach to the game in both sections of the game. Chris Woakes is once again expected to deliver things for England.
The wicket-keeper batsman hasn’t delivered anything big in the recent past but he has got the ability to make things happen on his day. Thus, he is our big bet for this game, especially, with Ben Stokes staying away from the game.