The Azhar Ali-led side, on the other hand, looks to maintain the record as they hope rain might stay away from Southampton. The second Test was drawn due to inclement Southampton weather and only 134.3 overs were bowled in a five-day match.
The third and final test is also crucial in respect to ICC World Test Championship
(WTC) as a win would allow the Joe Root
led side to pip Australia from the second spot on ICC WTC points table. Currently, India is leading the ICC WTC team standing with 360 points followed by Australia (296) and England (279). Pakistan is at the 5th
spot with 153 points.
Check ICC Test Championship latest news and points table here
England vs Pakistan playing 11 prediction
Talking about the playing 11, it seems the hosts will not make any change in its combination. Zak Crawley who replaced Ben Stokes in the second test has scored a fifty in a rain hit match at number 3. Meanwhile, in bowling department, Jofra Archer
may get a chance of spinner Dominic Bess, who did not bowl in 2nd
Test and given the nature of Southampton weather a five-man seam attack would be lethal.
England tentative playing 11:
Dominic Sibley, Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Joe Root
(C), Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (WK), Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, Dom Bess/Jofra Archer, James Anderson
On the other hand, Pakistan’s only concern was Fawad Alam dismissal on duck. However, the southpaw has brilliantly performed in the domestic cricket
and dropping on a basis of one match performance won’t be easy.
Pakistan playing 11:
Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali (C), Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Abbas.
Southampton weather forecast
The Southampton weather is again expected to play spoilsport during England vs Pakistan
third test as rainfall is expected in all the five days. However, the Day 2 and 4 are expected to receive less rainfall compared to other days.
Eng vs Pak 3rd test pitch report
The Ageas bowl pitch is expected to favour pace bowlers as it did in the second Test match. Moreover, the overcast conditions will also favour the seam bowlers and fans may find bowlers eclipse the batters.
England vs Pakistan match prediction
The ENG vs PAK third Test may end in a draw as heavy rains are expected throughout the five days like the second one. However, a better first innings score by any team would make the test interesting given England board has adopted flexible start time for this Test.
Here are the squads of both the teams:
England: Joe Root
(Captain), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Dom Sibley, Chris Woakes
and Mark Wood.
Azhar Ali (C), Babar Azam, Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Imam ul haq, Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan, Usman Shinwari, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah.