ENG vs IND, 3rd Test at Headingley: 5 Major Talking Points

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The ENG vs IND series could not have provided us with a better start to the WTC 2021-23 campaign, where ‘every Test counts’. Both Tests so far saw multiple shifts in momentum and went down to the very last day. While rain third-wheeled the Trent Bridge Test, the Lord’s Test was a contest to remember.

After a long-ish break, a new match brings a new opportunity for both teams to regroup and gain control. Here are five important things to look out for in the Leeds Test.

India’s tryst with destiny

England has been one of the toughest away Tours for Indian cricketers, since always. However, if an interesting trend is to continue this year, destiny favors India as the eventual series winner. Since 1971, India has won a Test series in every 4th trip they have made to England.

 

While this certainly is a coincidence, there is no doubt about this tour being India’s best chance to win a Test series in England in recent years. India leads 1-0 with three Tests to go and one more win will mean that they cannot lose the series. For this Indian team, though, nothing short of a series win will suffice.

 

England’s batting tweak

Experience – that’s what England is banking on to get themselves out of the batting muddle they are stuck in. Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley make way for Haseeb Hameed and Dawid Malan, for the 3rd Test.

Malan is one of ENG’s star performers in the limited-overs formats and England now need him, along with other experienced players in Bairstow, Buttler, and Moeen to support Joe Root.

Memories of the historic 2019 Ashes win at Headingley will also be fresh in the minds of England’s players.

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Why fix what’s not broken – The mantra for India?

The momentum is entirely with Virat Kohli and co. at the moment. The Shami-Bumrah-Siraj-Ishant combo did wonders at Lord’s, but it will be interesting to see whether Shardul Thakur’s availability tempts India to bring him back in the scheme of things.

The same temptation could also arise with the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin and Suryakumar Yadav. Let’s see how the visitors line up on Wednesday.

Headingley – a happy hunting ground for India?

Among the away venues where India has a decent record against the home team, is Headingley. After losing their first three Tests at the Leeds venue, India have drawn one and won two Tests there, with the latest win coming in 2002.

With the confidence both teams are carrying right now, India have a great chance to continue their strong run at Headingley and take a 2-0 series lead in the process.

Records at stake in the ENG vs IND Test

  • Jasprit Bumrah needs just 5 wickets to become the fastest Indian bowler to take 100 Test wickets. Bumrah has 95 scalps in 22 Tests, while Kapil Dev currently got to his 100 wickets in 25 Tests.
  • James Anderson has 39 Test wickets at Headingley, just 7 less than Stuart Broad who is the leading wicket-taker at the venue.
  • Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for India’s highest individual Test score (193) at Headingley. Meanwhile, England’s highest Test score there is 310* by John Edrich.

The stakes are now higher for both teams. Let’s find out if the series stands at 1-1 or 2-0 for India at the end of the ENG vs IND Headingley Test.

 

What time is the match? – The 5-day match starts on Wednesday, August 25 at 3.30 PM (IST).

Pitch conditions: Headingley has been a seamer-friendly pitch over the years. The windy and overcast conditions also play a big role there and fast bowlers from both teams will come in handy.

Weather forecast: Heavy clouds are in the forecast for most of the match days, but rain is not expected to play a big role. With the unpredictability of the English weather, we can just hope it stays true.

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