Live England vs Australia 3rd Test Match | Aus vs Eng Live Cricket Scorecard | ICC World Test Championship at Leeds, Aug 22-26 2019
Despite Bayliss’ admission that Roy is probably better suited to the middle order, England are unlikely to make any changes to the order of their top four, and are expected to name an unchanged XI. Roy was hit on the helmet in the nets on Tuesday, and will be assessed once more before he is cleared to play. It seems likely he will still play, but his Surrey team-mate Ollie Pope is on standby if not, which would likely see Denly move up to open and Pope take his spot in the middle order. Stokes will continue at No. 5, while, Sam Curran’s run carrying the drinks is expected to continue, though England will consider bringing him in for Chris Woakes.
England (probable): 1 Jason Roy, 2 Rory Burns, 3 Joe Root (capt), 4 Joe Denly, 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Jos Buttler, 7 Jonny Bairstow (wk), 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Jofra Archer, 10 Stuart Broad, 11 Jack Leach.
Despite an exceptional display of old-school line-and-length bowling in the first innings at Lord’s, Hazlewood is set to miss out, with Pattinson – now “cherry ripe” after his omission for the second Test – expected to replace him. That said, Paine suggested that Australia are yet to decide their XI, and it is possible that Siddle could be the man to miss out. Labuschagne will continue at No. 4 after his second-innings fifty, and Bancroft will likely be given another chance at the top of the order as Harris waits in the wings. It would have seemed improbable in the aftermath of his stellar World Cup that Mitchell Starc would not play any of the first three Tests, but it looks as though he will miss out again.
Australia (probable): 1 David Warner, 2 Cameron Bancroft, 3 Usman Khawaja, 4 Marnus Labuschagne, 5 Travis Head, 6 Matthew Wade, 7 Tim Paine (capt & wk), 8 Pat Cummins, 9 James Pattinson, 10 Peter Siddle, 11 Nathan Lyon.
Pitch and conditions
Headingley’s reputation as an archetypal English ground is unlikely to change with this Test, as the pitch has some grass on it and should provide some level of assistance for the seamers. Since 2009, seamers have taken 246 wickets in Tests at the ground, compared to just 52 for spinners, though slow bowlers have enjoyed some level of success as games have worn on and wickets have deteriorated.
After rain threatened to wreck the second Test, this week should be much better. Light rain is forecast for the night before the game, and there will be plenty of cloud cover on the first two days, but the sun should manage to peek through by Saturday. There is barely a ticket going for the first four days, though there are plenty spare for day five on Monday.