3rd Ashes Test Preview: Rejuvenated by Archer booster shot, England quietly confident of making it 1-1

11:38

In a nutshell .... England will win

The top order of both teams is struggling and both can think out of the box. If Roy slips down the batting order, as suggested by Bayliss, Denly might open. But, Root also has to get back at 4 to get his rhythm back. Who do you then bat at 3?

For Australia, Usman Khawaja could have opened the batting, but with Smith unavailable, Cameron Bancroft might get another chance. That said, if I was in the Australian management I would play Marcus Harris instead - is a solid bloke and puts a price on his wicket, just what the Aussies need at the moment. I would play Starc for Cummins, but looks unlikely.

11:31

Some happy Headingley memories for England

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Personally, I think Roy probably is suited to the middle order. But we've selected him in the top of the order because of his form in the one-day and experience in the one-day team, playing international cricket - Trevor Bayliss

11:25

Smith out + Archer in = England win

With Steve Smith to miss out due to delayed concussion and Jofra Archer raring to go once again, England will feel confident of winning the third Ashes Test.

11:24

Last chance for Denly and Roy

England have already announced an unchanged squad for the Third Test which comes as a life-line for both Jason Roy and Joe Denly. But, failing to cash in this time around could mean an end to their Test career.



11:23

We're here to win the Test match, not to see how many helmets we can hit - Justin Langer



11:19

Is Woakes carrying a niggle?

It boggles the mind that how little Woakes bowled at Lord's, a venue that he relishes. Is he not fully fit? In which case Sam Curran will make the cut. Otherwise, Curran will be on the bench like the last game. Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes will be the four pace options of the hosts along with spinner Jack Leach.

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Is there a place for Starc or Pattinson?


With all bowlers playing their part well, it would be tough for Australia to drop anyone. Both Pattinson and Starc are waiting in the wings and you might expect Peter Siddle to take a rest and Pattinson to play in this one. However, with the game being played in Leeds, you need a swing bowler like Siddle the most.

In fact, the last time Australia played an Ashes Test at this venue, Siddle was the tormentor and picked up a five-wicket haul in the first innings as Australia cleaned up England by an innings. It seems too drastic a step but going by the workload management theory of Australian coach Justin Langer it might be Pat Cummins who makes way for James Pattinson in this game.

11:10

Harris in for Bancroft?

Australia can also consider Marcus Harris in place of Cameron Bancroft at the top of the order, who is struggling with this technique. In fact, the Australian opening pair of Bancroft and Warner has only added 62 runs from a total of 8 innings between them on the tour.

11:08

Concussion sub turns part of the starting XI

Marnus Labuschagne, after a fighting 50 in the Lord's Test, will retain his spot in the absence of Steve Smith.


Fun fact:  Labuschagne was hit on the head in the nets by a Mitchell Starc bumper and had to go through the concussion test all over again.

11:05

Powershift

You could say that Australia had the momentum after winning the first Test but with the intensity that England showed in the Lord's Test, you can't say that anymore.