Match: England vs New Zealand, 3rd Test (ENG vs NZ)
Date: June 23, Thursday, 3:30 PM IST
Venue: Headingley, Leeds
After winning the series in the second Test match, hosts England will take on New Zealand in the third and final Test to be played at Headingley, Leeds from June 23. For England, this is their first series win since January 2021 and they will now be eyeing a whitewash.
Under new captain and coach, Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum, England have done well in all three departments of the game. In the second Test, they gunned down 299 runs in just 50 overs in the second innings on the back of a century by Jonny Bairstow. England have named their playing XI for the third Test with Jamie Overton coming in place of James Anderson. This will be the bowling all-rounder’s international debut. The rest of the lineup remains unchanged.
For the visitors, the return of Kane Williamson is confirmed. Williamson was ruled out of the second Test after contracting Covid19 but has completed his isolation period and is fit to play the third Test. The Kiwis will be looking to avoid a whitewash when the two teams meet for the third and final Test on Thursday.
Ahead of the Test, let’s look at the head to head of both the teams, pitch report, weather update, top picks for your MPL fantasy team and more.
Weather update and pitch report for ENG vs NZ
The wicket at Headingley has something for both the batsmen and bowlers but the spinners play a much bigger role than the pacers. A total of 79 Tests have been played at this venue, of which 32 games have been won bowling first. The average first innings score is 304 while the average fourth innings score is 166. The highest and lowest total recorded at Headingley is 653 for 4 and 61 for 10.
The weather in Leeds is not quite favourable over the next couple of days with some chances of rain. The captain winning the toss is likely to opt to bowl first.
England team news and predicted XI
England news: Captain Ben Stokes announced the playing XI 24 hours prior to the game. The only change from the second Test is the inclusion of uncapped all-rounder Jamie Overton in place of James Anderson, who has been rested.
Predicted XI: Zak Crawley, Alex Lees, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonathan Bairstow, Ben Stokes (c), Ben Foakes (wk), Matthew Potts, Jack Leach, Jamie Overton, Stuart Broad
New Zealand team news and predicted XI
Team news: Kane Williamson has recovered from Covid19 and is available to play the third Test, which means Michael Bracewell will have to sit out. In place of an injured Kyle Jamieson we are likely to see Neil Wagner in the XI.
Predicted XI: Tom Latham, Will Young, Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell (wk), Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Matt Henry/Ajaz Patel, Trent Boult
Head to head record
England and New Zealand have so far played 109 Tests, from which England have 50 wins. New Zealand have won 12 games while 47 matches were drawn. Of the 48 wins, England have won 32 at home and 18 away. New Zealand, meanwhile, have won six games at home and lost eight away.
Five players to watch out for
Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for ENG vs NZ
Joe Root – batsman, England
Former England skipper Joe Root has scored a century each in the first two Tests. Root scored an unbeaten 115 in the second innings of the first Test, and a knock of 176 in the first innings of the second Test. The leading run-getter in Tests among players who are active, and only the second cricketer from his country to score 10,000 Test runs, Root has an average of almost 50 from 119 Tests.
Ben Stokes – all-rounder, England
Joe Root stepped down as Test captain after a series of losses, after which Stokes was appointed the new skipper. It has been a successful start for the all-rounder as captain with England winning the series and he will be now looking to lead them to a whitewash. Stokes scored a half-century in the second innings of the second Test, and another unbeaten half-century in the second innings of the third Test. In all, he has a batting average of 36.36 in 81 Tests along with 177 wickets.
Tom Blundell – wicketkeeper batsman, New Zealand
Tom Blundell has constructed good innings in both the two Tests. He fell short of a century by just four runs in the second innings of the first Test, but got to the three-figure score in the second Test, where he hit 106 runs in the first innings. In all, Blundell has an average of almost 38 in 19 Tests.
Jonny Bairstow – wicketkeeper batsman, England
Jonny Bairstow was England’s match-winner in the previous game, scoring a sensational century in a fourth-innings run-chase. He will now be looking to carry the same form into the last match. Bairstow is one of England’s best players in the format, averaging 34.69 in 85 games. This includes nine centuries and 22 fifties.
Daryl Mitchell – batsman, New Zealand
Daryl Mitchell was New Zealand’s only centurion in the opening Test. He scored 108 runs in the second innings and put up an even better performance in the second Test, where he scored a knock of 190 in the first innings and an unbeaten 62* in the second innings. In all, he has an average of 59.69 in his 11-match Test career.
MPL fantasy XI – ENG vs NZ, 3rd Test
ENG vs NZ – where and what time to watch the match live in India
The England vs New Zealand series can be watched on Sony Six. You can also watch the live streaming of the game on the Sony Liv app. The match will begin at 3.30 PM IST on June 23.
Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. https://www.mpl.live/blog/todays-match-prediction/
Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.