England Make Spin Sacrifice With One Change In Playing XI For 3rd Test Against India

Feb14,2024






The England Cricket Board (ECB) on Wednesday announced the playing eleven for the third Test against India in Rajkot as fast bowler Mark Wood has been included in the squad in place of Shoaib Bashir. “The Three Lions have made one change and have included Mark Wood in place of Shoaib Bashir,” an ECB statement said. Captain Ben Stokes will play his 100th Test match for England at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium. It said, “Captain Ben Stokes is ready to play his 100th Test match in Rajkot.”

The series is currently level at 1-1. After losing the first Test in Hyderabad by 28 runs, India won the second Test in Visakhapatnam by 106 runs.

Recalling the second Test match, brilliant bowling from Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin helped India fend off England and level the five-match series 1-1.

England began the second session of the fourth day at 194/6, with captain Stokes also losing wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Foakes.

A four by Foakes off Bumrah helped England reach the 200-run mark in 46.1 overs.

But before they could build a big partnership, disaster struck for England. Some lazy running between the wickets saw captain Stokes dismissed for just 11 runs. A remarkable effort from Shreyas Iyer took them to 220/7, helping India remove England's troublemakers.

Bumrah got the last wicket by clean bowling Hartley for 36 runs. England were all out for 292 and lost by 106 runs.

The third Test will start from February 15 in Rajkot and the fourth Test will start from February 23 in Ranchi. The fifth and last Test of the series will be played in Dharamshala from March 7.

England's playing XI: Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (c), Ben Fox, Rehan Ahmed, Tom Hartley, Mark Wood, James Anderson.

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