England vs Pakistan 3rd Test: Score, TV Guide, Preview, Prediction, Squads, Possible XI, ENG v PAK, 2020

England vs Pakistan 3rd Test: Score, TV Guide, Preview, Prediction, Squads, Possible XI, ENG v PAK, 2020

Pakistan v England 2nd Test Match from August 21 to August 25 at Ageas Bowl, Southampton; the game starts at 10:00 AM GMT. England have not won a Test series against Pakistan since 2010. There was so limited play in the second Test, Pakistan’s trio of first choice fast-bowlers will be newer than they oppositely might have been. The visitors are likely to stick with Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Naseem Shah as they try to square the series. With weather forecast, it is unlikely that two spinners will be needed so batsman Fawad Alam is set to preserve his place despite registering a four-ball duck on his return to Test cricket last week after absenteeism of 11 years. England’s batting line-up will continue the same, as ever there could be some rotation of the bowling line-up. Mark Wood, who has not played since the first Test of the summer, is a possibility to come in while Jofra Archer also missed the last Test and is in contention. Given their strong form, none of James Anderson, Stuart Broad, or Chris Woakes will surely be left out. Perhaps the off-spin of Dom Bess will be left-out in a bid to get them all in. The circumstances for the third test are going to be quite challenging for both teams. Both teams have a good bowling and a weak batting order. England has more depth in its batting and is better outfitted to deal with the conditions. Batting is not going to be comfortable in the third test and England could do well to add another batsman in its side.

Date: August 21 – August 25, 2020
Match: England vs Pakistan, 3rd Test
Venue: Ageas Bowl, Southampton
Time: 03:30 PM IST, 10:00 AM GMT, 11:00 AM LOCAL
Head to Head Matches – 85, ENG Won – 26, PAK Won – 21, Drawn – 38
Prediction: England likely to win, with rain forecast for the few days, expecting a draw.

With the draw in the last game, both England and Pakistan have secured 13 points in the ICC World Test Championship. The third and final Test, to be also played at the Ageas Bowl, will commence on Friday, 21 August, after which the two teams will play a three-match T20I series at Old Trafford, Manchester.

ENG Possible XI: Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, James Anderson 

PAK Possible XI: Shan Mahsood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam,Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah

England: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root (c), Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Ollie Robinson

Pakistan: Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali (c), Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Imam-ul-Haq, Kashif Bhatti, Shadab Khan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Sohail Khan

Following positive discussions with the England & Wales Cricket Board, (ECB) the International Cricket Council (ICC), led by Match Referee Chris Broad and various stakeholders including broadcast partners, the ECB and the ICC have agreed to revised start times ahead of the third Test starting on Friday at the Ageas Bowl.

Revised Playing Times Due to Bad Weather

After the conclusion of play on day one, the ICC Match Referee, Groundstaff, and the ECB Match Manager will meet to discuss the start times for the next day. If the forecast looks good in them,orning, it will be an option to commence play at 10.30 am and that final decision will be made by the ICC Match Referee, Chris Broad. The Match Referee will confirm the revised playing times, with the most likely scenario of amending to:

  • 10.30 am start with 98 overs to be bowled in the day
  • 6.00 pm scheduled close of play
  • 6.30 pm extra 30 mins to bowl overs
  • 7.00 pm cut off for extra time for bad weather during the day
  • The morning session would last two and a half hours if the start time was adjusted.

The match officials will ensure that light is monitored to maximize playing time while it is still safe to do so. The safety of the players is still the number one priority for this protocol.

Sony Six and Sony Six HD to broadcast live coverage of Pakistan v England three-match Test and three-match T20 International (T20I) series in India and its subcontinent (Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Bhutan, and Maldives) countries, all matches streamed live in the Indian subcontinent on SonyLiv (Website, App).

SuperSport to telecast live coverage of England vs Pakistan three-match Test and three-match T20 International (T20I) series in South Africa; all matches live streamed on the SuperSport digital platform (Website, App).

Cricket viewers in the United States can watch Pakistan cricket team’s tour of England on Willow TV and Sky Sports Cricket to broadcast live coverage in the United Kingdom.

Fox Sports has acquired exclusive media rights for the tournament; they will telecast all matches of the competition in Australia on Fox Sports while viewers can also watch online on Foxtel Sports digital platform. Kayo Sports will live stream matches in Australia, a new digital platform in Australia to watch cricket matches online. The Foxtel App is the better option if you already have a TV subscription, while Foxtel Now is the way to go if you only want to stream Foxtel channels.

India: Sony Six, Sony Six HD, SonyLiv
UK: Sky Sports Cricket
USA: Willow TV
South Africa: SuperSport
Australia: Fox Sports
Pakistan: PTV Sports, Ten Sports Pakistan
Caribbean: ESPN Caribbean

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