England might make two changes in the playing XI
England might make two changes in the playing XI for the third game of the ongoing Ashes series.
One would obviously be Jonny Bairstow replacing Gary Ballance who has been dropped after a run of poor shows in the recent test matches.
Apart from that, there also have been talks that Mark Wood might have to make space for Steven Finn.
Wood was pretty unimpressive in both the innings at Lord’s. His pace was down and he did not look penetrative which prompted some of the experts to say that the selectors should think about resting him.
Wood himself has, however, come out and made his views clear that he does not need any rest at this point of time and his lack of pace at Lord’s was only because of the unresponsive pitch and not because of exhaustion factor.
As far as Finn is concerned, he last played a test match for England one and half years back against Australia.
He took a couple of wickets in that game, but, at a very expensive rate and ended up losing his place to Tim Bresnan.
Thereafter, he experienced a massive slump which saw him being declared ‘unselectable’ by the team management.
However, in the recent times, in limited over Cricket, he has put on some good fast bowling performances and it is believed widely that he can add that X factor to the England attack if given a go at Edgbaston.
The Ashes is nicely poised at the moment with both the teams equalized at 1-1.
The third game is extremely vital and neither of the two teams would want to lose it at any cost.
Australia, in all likelihood, would field the same playing XI that had fetched them a historic win at Lord’s.