The Ashes 2023: England vs Australia – 3rd Test Preview and Updates

Australia is going to play England in the 3rd test Ashes 2023 at Headingley from July 6th to July 11th. After a historical game at Lords, Australia is leading the series by 2-0 and they are just one win away from clutching the series in the English soil since 2001. 

In the 2nd test, England won the toss and decided to bowl. With the Australian top 3 putting a good run on the board, Steven Smith stood up on the occasion and scored 110 runs in 184 balls. Australia scored 416 runs in the first innings. 

Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett had a good start for the English side. Crawley scored 48 runs but was trapped by Nathan Lyon. Ben Duckett was holding the other end but unfortunately fell for the short ball and missed his century by just 2 runs. England collapsed at 325 runs. 

Australia scored 279 runs in the 2nd innings and gave England a target of 371 runs to chase. Australia’s short ball strategy was clear and they managed to get Jonny Bairstow wicket in a controversial dismissal. English captain Ben Stokes gave a great fight scoring 155 runs but the team crumbled and Australia won the game by 43 runs.  

The 3rd Ashes Test between England and Australia will take place from July 6th 2023, at Headingley Carnegie, Leeds. 

Match Details to Note

Match: England vs Australia, 3rd Test, The Ashes 2023

Date: July 6th, 2023 (Thursday) 

Time: 3:30 PM IST 

Venue: Headingley Carnegie, Leeds


Ashes 2023: England vs Australia

England (Match Odds – 2.60):


England will be heading to Leeds with a must win approach. English batsman Ollie Pope will be missing the remaining games due to a shoulder injury. All rounder Moeen Ali is expected to return in the starting XI. Chris Woakes might also return into the team as James Anderson and Josh Tongue are reported to be rested. 

It is reported that England has requested a flat pitch to suit their aggressive batting style. With Ben stokes commanding the team, it is predicted that the team will choose to bat if they win the toss. 

Full Squad:

Ben Stokes (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Dan Lawrence, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, Josh Tongue, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.


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Players to watch out:

Jonny Bairstow

Bairstow will be looking for his revenge on the Aussies. In the last game his partnership with Stokes was crucial and he will try to clutch the must win match.

Stuart Board

He will be important for the home team as he took 4 wickets in the 2nd innings of the second test which includes the wicket of Usman Khawaja.

Possible Playing XI:

Ben Duckett, Zak Crawley, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ben Stokes ©, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Ollie Robinson, Cris woakes, Mark Wood 

Australia (Match Odds- 2.20):


Nathon Lyon who was an important factor for the Aussies is ruled out from the Ashes series due to injury and Todd Murphy is the expected replacement, no other changes are likely to happen. Steve Smith is in a good shape and after scoring century in the last game he is at his best.

Australia’s short bowling plan for the Ashes is working very well for the team and Mitchell Starc is making the best out of it. He took 6 wickets in the two innings of the last match and will be a player to look out for.

Full Squad:

Pat Cummins (captain), Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Todd Murphy, Matthew Renshaw, Steve Smith (vice-captain), Mitchell Starc, David Warner.

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Players to Watch out:

Steven Smith

Every cricket fan will have their eyes glued to the Player of the Match of the 2nd Ashes test, Steven Smith. He made 118 runs partnership with Head and helped his team put on a huge score in the first innings.

Mitchell Starc

In the first innings he took big wickets of players like Joe Root, Ben Stokes, and Harry Brook and in the second innings he took wickets of Zak Crawley and Ollie Pope in the early stage becoming the highest wicket taker of the game. His bouncers are plucking wickets for him and he is the player to watch out for.

Possible Playing XI:

David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Todd Murphy, Josh Hazlewood, Scott Boland

England vs Australia Head-to-Head

The victory at Lords increased Australia’s chance to win Ashes 2023 Tests in England since 2001.

England vs Australia Head-to-Head Stats in Tests

Stats Matches Played ENG Won AUS Won Tie NR
Overall 358 110 152 0 96
Last 5 5 1 3 1 0

England vs Australia Toss Prediction

The team who wins the toss is likely to take bat first. Teams will like to hit a high score in the first innings as the flat pitch favors and take advantage of the unlikely bounce while fielding.

England vs Australia Pitch Report

Rain is predicted in almost every day of the game and mostly in the last 3 days. As for now the pitch is covered with little bit of grass which is promising for the pace bowlers. Headingley is famous for favoring batsmen as it becomes easy to bat in the latter part of game. Average score of Headingley is 304 runs.

England vs Australia Prediction

Australia is leading the tournament by 2-0 and at Headingley it is a do or die match for England. With Steven Smith leading the batting order it will be difficult for the English bowlers to tackle. Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow might stretch the game to its last over but it will not be enough as Mitchel Starc is likely to have the upper hand. Australia will win the series according to our predictions.

England vs Australia Most Recommended Player for Bet:

Steven Smith is going through an excellent phase and his century in the last game is the prove. Our pick is Steven Smith for the 3rd test at Headingley.

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