Date & Time: Wednesday, September 04, 15:30 IST
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester, England
Will the Aussies, boosted by Smith, retain the Ashes or can the English create a turnaround?
After a dismal performance in the first innings at Leeds, England would have thought the Ashes urn was gone. But an inspired, record chase in the 2nd innings steered mainly by Ben Stokes has brought the series alive. The Aussies would have been distraught after that narrow, shocking defeat but they will also be raring to go hard at the English, here at Old Trafford. ENG will be really happy with the return to form of Root and Bairstow. Stokes has been their talisman. With Archer and Broad striking regularly with the ball as well, all they have to worry about is the form of Buttler and Roy. AUS, though they had a heartbreak a week back will be ecstatic with the return of Smith and Starc in the squad. Warner played a good knock as well in the previous game and Labuschagne has made sure the Aussies don’t Smith too much.
ENG have announced that C Overton will replace C Woakes. AUS have announced a 12 member squad and they will have to choose between Siddle and Starc.
The pitch is generally a hard, batting-friendly one at Old Trafford and starts gripping on Days 4 and 5. But with the weather being a little mucky on the first couple of days, it might be a little difficult for batsmen to getaway.
He has proved why he is back at the top of the ICC rankings with some stellar performances in his Test comeback. In his last 3 innings, he has scores of 92, 142 and 144.
The right-hander made sure the Aussies didn’t Steve Smith too much in the 1.5 Tests that he played. He has scored 213 runs in his last 3 innings.
The man who won the historic Test match for England at Leeds last week, with a heroic innings. He is the highest run-getter for England in this Ashes so far and has also been among the wickets.
The right-arm quick has the best SR among all bowlers in the 2019 Ashes series. He has shown us that he can be a match-winner and with the ball in hand, he turns the match on its head. In just 2 matches so far, he has taken 13 wickets.