AUS vs ENG Dream11 Team Prediction: The hosts in England would be looking to turn things around in the third Test at Headingley.
The third Test of the ongoing 2019 Ashes series between England and Australia will begin tomorrow at Headingley, Leeds. Given all that had happened in the last match at Lord’s, the intriguing series has now become an unmissable affair.
With England trailing by 0-1 in the series, the hosts will be desperate to draw level before it gets too late for them. A loss in this Test will see them throwing away a chance of regaining the urn.
As good as the above paragraph sounds for Australia, the visitors will be aware about the fact that complacency will hurt them badly. In the absence of star batsman Steve Smith, Australia will need a whole new batting hero to stand up for them against the English bowling attack in their own conditions.
AUS vs ENG Dream11 Team Prediction
While England have named an unchanged squad, the only unlikely change which they might make is bring in Ollie Pope in place of opening batsman Jason Roy.
With Steve Smith ruled out of the match, Marnus Labuschagne will continue to bat in his place. Apart from that, Australia might make a change in the fast bowling department. The same will only be known during the toss tomorrow.
Probable Playing XI
1) David Warner 2) Cameron Bancroft 3) Usman Khawaja 4) Marnus Labuschagne 5) Travis Head 6) Matthew Wade 7) Tim Paine (c & wk) 8) Pat Cummins 9) Nathan Lyon 10) Peter Siddle / James Pattinson 11) Josh Hazlewood
1) Jason Roy 2) Rory Burns 3) Joe Root (c) 4) Joe Denly 5) Ben Stokes 6) Jos Buttler 7) Jonny Bairstow (wk) 8) Chris Woakes 9) Jofra Archer 10) Jack Leach 11) Stuart Broad
Players to watch out for
Australia – David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Pat Cummins
England – Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer
Pitch Conditions and Toss Prediction
With rain expected to play spoilsport during the match, the pitch at Headingley is likely to favour the fast bowlers – especially the ones who will swing the bowl. Hence, scoring big scores will be a daunting task for the batsmen.
Headingley is a venue which has seen only 18 drawn results in 77 Test matches since 1899. With pacers likely to dictate terms, the safer option would be to win the toss and bat first despite the record slightly favours (30-29) the teams batting second at Headingley.
Dream11 Picks for AUS vs ENG Dream11
Wicket-keepers for AUS vs ENG Dream11
England wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow is my lone wicket-keeper for this match. Having scored a half-century and 30* in two innings at Lord’s, Bairstow recovered from his single-digit scores in the first Test. In four Test matches at Headingley, Bairstow has scored 271 runs at an average of 54.20 and a strike rate of 70.94 including one century and half-century each.
Batsmen for AUS vs ENG Dream11
There is no hiding to the fact that England captain Joe Root hasn’t played to the best of his abilities in this match so far. With his team 0-1 down, I expect Root to stand tall on his potential despite many odds being against him.
Having scored 226 runs at an average of 56.50 and a strike rate of 43.12 including one century and half-century each, England opening batsman Rory Burns has been their best batsman so far. If Burns continues to play in the same manner, he will yield affirmative results for you.
Returning with scores of 2, 8, 3 and 5 in four innings in the series so far, Australia opening batsman David Warner is being backed to be their hero in Smith’s absence. In 10 Tests that he has played in England, the southpaw has scored 574 runs at an average of 30.21 and a strike rate of 68.57 including six half-centuries.
Warner’s mediocre record in English conditions might see some change when he will take the field for the first time in Leeds tomorrow. It is worth mentioning that Warner’s bats the best in the third match of a Test series. In 18 such Tests, Warner has scored 1,638 runs at an average of 51.18 and a strike rate of 84.82 including six centuries and seven half-centuries.
All-rounders for AUS vs ENG Dream11
184 runs at an average of 61.33 and a strike rate of 59.16 sees England all-rounder Ben Stokes as their second-best batsman after Burns. Also, a decent contributor with the ball, leaving out Stokes involves a huge amount of risk which I wouldn’t suggest you to take.
Marnus Labuschagne, who scored his second Test half-century in a match-saving effort at Lord’s, has made it to my squad on the basis of his innings and stellar record (1,114 runs in 10 matches at an average of 65.52 and a strike rate of 76.19 including five centuries and half-centuries each) in this English domestic season.
What Stokes is to Burns in the best batsmen’s list, Australia co vice-captain Travis Head is to Smith. Having got to vital starts in three out of four innings in the series, Head should get going at Headingley tomorrow.
Bowlers for AUS vs ENG Dream11
Considering how well debutant Jofra Archer bowled at Lord’s, not picking him in your fantasy squad would be nothing less than a blunder. I have also picked England all-rounder Chris Woakes for this match.
The reason why I have named him over veteran fast bowler Stuart Broad is because of his batting abilities. You can opt for Broad if you want to as both the cricketers will cost you the same. By selecting the exact team, you will be left with an additional credit which you can use according to you.
Among the Australian bowlers, I have picked co vice-captain Pat Cummins and off-spinner Nathan Lyon. The manner in which Cummins is handling more responsibility in this Australian team is commendable. Talking of Lyon, his numbers in England (37 wickets in 10 Tests at an average of 29.35, an economy rate of 2.98 and a strike rate of 59) are better than his overall numbers (355 wickets in 88 Tests at an average of 32.08, an economy rate of 3.02 and a strike rate of 63.5).
Dream 11 disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, their performances in recent time, how the two teams have fared in the cricketing fraternity over the course of the last year, pitch report and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players who are expected to dole out the maximum points.