England vs Pakistan Test series 2020 – 3rd Test
3rd and Final Test:
Third and final Test of the series of three Test matches between England and Pakistan is going to be played at the Rose Bowl, Southampton starting from August 21st 2020.
Pakistan Tour of England History:
The teams completed 85 meetings in the longest cricket format. Out of them, the host won 26 times and lost 21 times, with 38 matches without any result.
On the soil of England, the teams faced each other 55 times. Out of them, the English team won 24 times, and the Pakistan team won 12 times with 19 draw games. After 14 years and 14 tests, the teams received the test without any result on English venue.
Victory brings points:
The host has no chance to increase the position for the team, but the team could manage to increase the points and for that, the team needs not to lose the match and so win the series, as even drawing the series will cost the host to lose the points.
On the other hand, the visitors are in a position, where the team will not win the series, either draw the series with the test win or lose the series either through drawing the test or losing it. The team will lose four points in case of test defeat, but in case of draw, the team will lose a single point and gain four points in case of drawing the series. In any case, the team will stay in the same position.
Weather forecast for Southampton shows mix and match weather. First day weather would be rainy and windy, whereas cloudy (partly) and windy on the second day. Next two days would be cloudy and the final day would be rainy. Though chances of Rain are pretty low, as the precipitation percentage would be not more than 20% on the middle days, 40% and 50% on the first and final days, respectively. The temperature would be around 20s Celsius. The wind would be more than 40kmph on the first day and then decreases with match progresses, below 40kmph on the second day and around 20s on the remaining days.
Toss and Pitch:
Teams preferred to bat first after winning the toss, which happened four times out of 5 matches, and the selection favored the teams and the teams won twice after selecting the first batting and lost once with one, the recent draw. On the other hand, the team chose to field first after winning the toss just once, where the team neither won the match nor defeated, but the match result was drawn
Particularly, for England, the team won the toss four times out of five, and the teams won the twice with the one defeat and one draw. The team lost the toss for the first time in the previous encounter.
The first batting team won the matches twice, whereas, the teams, who batted second, won the match just once, yet.
The lowest defended total was 245. On the other hand, the highest successful chase is 200 on the ground. It would be interesting to see, if the target is set in between,
The first inning lowest total was 184, and the highest total was 569 (declared inning) runs. For the second inning, the lowest total was 273 (completed innings) runs (in the previous match, the English team declared the inning at 4 for 110 runs, as it’s clearly shown there’s no chance of getting a result), whereas the highest was 377 (declared inning) runs. The lowest total was 271 (completed inning) and 205 (declared inning) runs, whereas the highest was 334 (uncompleted inning) runs for the third inning. And for the fourth inning, the lowest total was 184 (completed innings), whereas the highest was 200 (chased down the target with four wickets in hands) runs.
The batting average of the first innings is 30.61 and 33.52 is for the second innings, whereas 38.72 is for third inning and 21.61 for the fourth inning.
History Between the Teams:
Both the teams faced each other at the venue just once, which resulted in a draw.
Test History at Venue:
The home side has an above average record at the venue, and won twice out of five encounters and lost just once with two draws.
Tentative XI for both the Teams:
After the comeback of B. Stokes to the Squad, the team could have a sweet headache to pick eleven. Team could increase the batting line up, and the team could ask S. Curren to sit out or with very little chance of D. Bess, as he’s the only specialist spinner, or team could compromise with specialist batsmen and ask either R. Burns or Z. Crawley to sit out.
England Eleven: D. Sibley, Z. Crawley / R. Burns, J. Root, O. Pope, B. Stokes, J. Butler, S. Curren, C. Woakes, D. Bess, S. Broad, J. Anderson
The visitors would prefer to go with the same eleven.
Pakistan Eleven: A. Ali, S. Masood, A. Ali, B. Azam, A. Shafiq / S(h). Khan, F. Alam, M. Rizwan, Y. Shah, S. Afridi, M. Abbas, N. Shah / S(o). Khan