On Sunday, July 2, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have announced a 15-member squad for the third Test of the ongoing 2023 Ashes series against the Australia National Cricket Team.
The team’s announcement came the same day after the Ben Stokes-led side suffered a 43-run defeat to the visitors at London’s iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground.
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The second Test turned out to be an amazing contest between the two great Test-playing nations. Pat Cummins & Co. gave a target of 371 runs for England to chase in the final innings of the match with a day and a half to go.
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The England National Cricket Team got off to the worst possible start as they lost 4 quick wickets and trailed to 4-45. Ben Duckett (83) batted exceptionally well alongside his skipper Ben Stokes, who was playing cautiously.
After the dismissals of Duckett and Jonny Bairstow, Stokes unleashed his aggressive avatar and smashed Australian bowlers all over the park. The England captain was involved in a century-long partnership with Stuart Broad that completely changed the momentum towards the Three Lions.
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However, Stokes was unable to repeat his 2019 Headingley exploits as he was cleaned up by leading pacer Josh Hazlewood. Stokes came out after scoring 155 runs off 214 balls, with 9 fours and 9 sixes.
Matthew Potts and Rehan Ahmed fired, Moeen Ali retained
Just after the defeat, England announced their team for the third Test. There were quite a few notable changes to the team as two players were dropped. The players were Matthew Potts and Rehan Ahmed.
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Meanwhile, all-round veteran Moeen Ali, who suffered a finger injury in the first Test and was forced to miss the second game, has retained his place in the squad.
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Australia took a 2-0 series lead after recording back-to-back wins and will be looking to seal the series in the third Test, to be played from 6-10 July 2023 at Headingley in Leeds.
England team for the third test vs Australia:
Ben Stokes (captain), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, Josh Tongue, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.