Host England aim to level the Ashes series against Australia in third Test

England will be keen to level the Ashes series when they will face Australia in the third Test starting from Thursday at Headingley Cricket Grounds in Leeds.

Home side are already one-nil down in the series, will be ideally looking to register a win at a Headingley where they have won only three times in 9 matches.

With no changes in the playing eleven, the England team management will be desperate to see Captain Joe Root return to form with the bat in front of home crowds.

The team will be depending on Captain Joe Root, all-rounder Ben Stokes and wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow to deliver the bulk of the runs. Jos Buttler and Rory Burns have chipped in with handy scores in the previous game played at Lords.

In terms of bowling, the team will be depending on in-form pacer Stuart Broad and all-rounder Chris Woakes, who produced excellent spells with the new-ball. Debutant Jofra Archer produced menacing spells for England in the Lords Test and will retain his place in the playing XI for the third game at Leeds.

England will be desperate to win the third game of the Ashes series at Leeds

For Australia, there will be concerns over the neck injury sustained by Steven Smith after a vicious bouncer produced by Jofra Archer.

In the batting department, the side will be once again will be on captain Steve Smith and Usman Khuwaja to lead from the front, whereas the team management might bring in Marnus Labuschagne in case Smith does not recover in time for Leeds Test. Cameron Bancroft and David Warner have failed to produce runs in the first two games and will need to find form with the bat in order for Australia maintain their lead in this Ashes series.

In the bowling department, the team will be depending on the pace trio of Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Peter Siddle to provide breakthroughs with the new-ball. Off-spinner Nathan Lyon has shown exceptional form for the visitors in the first two games of Ashes series.

There are strong chances that Marnus Labuschagne will replace out of form Cameron Bancroft, which means Usman Khuwaja might move up the place to open the innings with David Warner.

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