India are 1-0 up in the 5 match test series against England. The visitors could have been 2-0 up but rain interrupted play on the final day of the first test and England managed to hold India to a draw. England are reeling after crumbling on the final day of the second test and have had about 10 days to regroup and come up with a new plan for the third test.
England vs India Third Test Preview
The third test will take place at Leed’s and will run from Aug 25 to 29. This is a must-win game for England as going 2-0 down to India will mean England cannot win the test series and will have to win tests 4 and 5 to draw the series.
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England vs India Third Test Betting Odds
Bet365 for the first time in this test series has India ahead of England. The Indians go in with odds of 2.37 and are the favorites while the hosts have odds of 2.62. The current odds for the game ending in a draw is 4.0. The weather is not expected to play a major factor in this test as the weather predictions in Leed’s for the next week look good.
There is some cloud cover expected during the test match but we don’t expect to lose any play. India will enjoy going in as the betting favorites as they know the pressure is now squarely on England. India know how important this third test is and is likely to play the same winning squad.
England vs India Third Test – Prediction
England have played poorly because they have been unable to get runs from most of their batsmen. Captain Joe Root has carried the batting department as the experienced batsmen in J Bairstow and J Butler have not made a lot of runs. The selectors have dropped Zak Crawley and Dom Sibley for the third test and brought in Dawid Malan who will play at his home ground, Leeds.
There are also concerns as to whether Mark Wood will be fit for the third test and if he is not, Saqib Mahmood could take his place. Will England be able to pose a bigger threat with these changes or will the side turn out to be even more fragile?
India isn’t going to worry too much about what the opposition does. Some experts said India should have played R Ashwin instead of R Jadeja at Lord’s. Jadeja did not have a big role to play in the third test but its unlikely that he will lose his place to R Ashwin.
The only change that the selectors could make is bringing back S Thakur in place of I Sharma. We need to wait and see if S Thakur passes a fitness test first.
England vs India – Third Test – Final Verdict
Our experts think India will be able to get the job done once again in the third test. India’s batting looks a lot more settled when compared to England. India’s bowlers have definitely bowled better than England and hence we feel they have the edge in both departments. One area India needs to improve is to make sure they catch better.
We don’t think the third test will be as close as the second test as we feel India will impose themselves on England and win more easily.
ENG vs IND 3rd Test – Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions
- Who Will Win The Toss: India
- Who Will Bat First: England
- Who Will Win The Test: India