Date & Time: Friday, July 24, 15:30 IST
Venue: Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, England
After facing a tough loss at Old Trafford, England has made a fine comeback by thrashing the West Indies in a thriller in the second test. The two teams will remain in Manchester for the third test as it will take place at the same ground where the second was played.
Despite the fact that Jofra Archer was left out just a couple of hours before the toss and England had to go into the game with a completely new-look bowling attack, the hosts still remained in the driving seat on all five days.
On the other hand, the West Indies were inconsistent with the ball. Although they showed some fight with the bat, it was always going to be very difficult for them to survive on a deteriorating pitch with uneven bounce.
Now, the series nicely poised with one victory for each team in the three-match series. The winning-skipper of the final Test will be seen lifting the cup at Manchester. A tough contest is expected with both teams looking pretty settled on the paper.
Once again, we may see a change in the bowling department of England. With James Anderson and Jofra Archer set to return, it would be two among Woakes, Sam Curran and Ollie Pope to make way. Stuart Broad might retain his spot in the England playing XI despite the return of Anderson and Archer.
Meanwhile, the West Indies may bring in Raymon Reifer who grabbed 5 wickets in one of the practise games ahead of the Test series. Being a left-arm fast bowler, Reifer will add another dimension to the West Indies attack. John Campbell and Shai Hope are struggling with their form at the top of the order, however, the experience of Hope will push management into giving him one more chance. Meanwhile, Campbell might be replaced by Mosely
England: Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad/Mark Wood, Sam Curran/Ollie Pope/Chris Woakes
West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Shai Hope, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich (wk), Jason Holder (c), Alzarri Joseph/ Reifer, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel
Manchester will help the fast bowlers initially. As the game progresses, batting will become tough with pitch deteriorating. Traditionally, the venue has always supported the teams that have bat first. All in all, it will be bowlers who will be the effective players for this game.
Total matches: 79
Matches won batting first: 30
Matches won bowling first: 14
Average 1st Inns scores:333
Average 2nd Inns scores: 270
Average 3rd Inns scores: 229
Average 4th Inns scores:166
Well, without any further discussions, Ben Stokes must be your first pick in the Dream11 team. He has been splendid for England in all departments of the game with PPM of 207 and MDTA of 1 in the last five games.
Yet another all-rounder, who is likely to make an impact on the game. He has got incredible stats for West Indies with an MDTA of 1.25 and PPM of 105.6
When it comes to West Indies, you can’t look up to any player other than Jason Holder. He has been blistering for them with the bat and ball in the last three years. He has got PPM of 119.6 and MDTA of 1 in the last five matches.
He is yet another player who should be on your Dream11 team for sure. The stylish batsman has got incredible stats at Manchester and will look to replicate similar show. He has got PPM of 168.75 and MDTA of 1 at this venue.
Who else can it be?! The flamboyant batsman has done extremely well for West Indies in the first game to see his side cross the victory ropes in a tricky run chase. He got PPM of 97.5 against England and MDTA of 1.33.
He is a player, who has got the calibre to change things pretty quickly. The blistering wicketkeeper-batsman has got 77 PPM against this opposition with an MDTA of 2.
The confident fast bowler was brilliant in the first game but failed to make a similar impact in the second Test. However, he has what it takes to make things fall in place for his team and he is one of our Big Bets.