India vs England 3rd test 2024 Preview Rajkot Match

India vs England 3rd test 2024 Preview

India vs England 3rd test 2024 Preview: With 3 more games remaining to decide the series winner, the 5-match test series between India and England is leveled with 1-1. Ahead of the 3rd test match, the Indian cricket team assembled at Rajkot by receiving a grand welcome at Sayaji Hotel on February 11th, 2024 (Sunday). The entire squad will be accommodated there till 19th February 2024 (Monday)

After a long break, both teams will compete with each other in the 3rd test match that starts on 15th February 2024 (Thursday) at SCA stadium, Rajkot.

The England tour of India 2024 began with the Three Lions securing a valiant victory against the hosts with the “Bazball” approach. However, the men-in-blue bounced back in the 2nd test match at Vizag by registering a 106-run win.

Both the teams will be desperate to win at Rajkot after having a long break and aim to take a lead in the series with 2-1.

Especially, after losing the first test match at Hyderabad by 28 runs, Team India dropped to the third position in the World Test Championship (WTC) 2023-25 points table. The only chance for India to secure the 2nd position in the WTC points table is by winning the remaining 3 matches of the test series against England. 

However, Virat Kohli remains unavailable for the entire series due to personal reasons, which will be a big blow for Team India. Also, when compared to the first two tests, the Indian team squads have changed for the last three test matches. Contrarily, England’s squad remains unchanged.

Meanwhile, Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul make a comeback into the squad after injury. But, the participation is yet to be confirmed by receiving a fitness clearance from the BCCI medical team.

India vs England 3rd Test 2024 Preview: Date, Venue, Timings, and Seating Capacity

Date15th February 2024 (Thursday)
VenueSaurashtra Cricket Association Stadium (SCA) Rajkot
Timings09:30 AM IST / 04:00 am GMT
Seating Capacity28,000

India vs England 3rd test 2024 Preview: Team Squads

Here is the squad list of both India and England for the upcoming 3 matches in the red-ball cricket series:

Indian Cricket Team:

  1. Rohit Sharma (C ): Batsman
  2. Yashasvi Jaiswal: Batsman
  3. Jasprit Bumrah (VC): Vice Captain
  4. Shubman Gill: Batsman
  5. KL Rahul* : Batsman
  6. Rajat Patidar: Batsman
  7. Sarfaraz Khan: Batsman
  8. Dhruv Jurel (WK): Batsman
  9. KS Bharat (WK): Batsman
  10. Ravichandran Ashwin: Bowling All-rounder
  11. Ravindra Jadeja*: Batting All-rounder
  12. Axar Patel: Bowling All-rounder
  13. Washington Sundar:  Batting All-rounder
  14. Kuldeep Yadav: Bowler
  15. Mohammed Siraj: Bowler
  16. Mukesh Kumar: Bowler
  17. Akash Deep: Bowler

***NOTE***: Here “C” refers to “captain”, “VC” refers to “vice-captain”, “wk” refers to “wicket-keeper” and *” refers to players yet to receive fitness clearance.

England Cricket Team:

  1. Zak Crawley: Batsman
  2. Ben Duckett: Batsman
  3. Joe Root: Batsman
  4. Daniel Lawrence: Batsman
  5. Ben Stokes (C ): Batting All-rounder
  6. Rehan Ahmed: Bowling All-rounder
  7. Jonny Bairstow (Wk): Batsman
  8. Ben Foakes (Wk): Batsman
  9. Ollie Pope (VC/ Wk): Batsman
  10. James Anderson: Bowler
  11. Gus Atkinson: Bowler
  12. Shoaib Bashir: Bowler
  13. Tom Hartley: Bowler
  14. Jack Leach: Bowler
  15. Ollie Robinson: Bowler
  16. Mark Wood: Bowler

India vs England 3rd test 2024 Preview: Pitch Conditions

The batting-friendly pitch conditions at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot, maintain a record of 539 average runs in T20Is.

Especially, a batsman can score huge runs instantly due to the nature of the pitch and the shorter dimensions of the ground. At the same time, the bowlers will have a tough time. As the match progresses in two days, the spin bowlers can create a huge impact.

Moreover, Team India boasts an unbeaten record at the SCA stadium. Out of the two test matches played here, India concluded with a draw result against England in 2016 and won against West Indies in 2018.

India vs England 3rd test 2024 Preview: Probable Playing XI

A probable playing XI for the upcoming 3rd test match can be formed based on the recent squads of India and England:

Team India Probable Playing XI:

  1. Rohit Sharma (C )
  2. Yashasvi Jaiswal
  3. Jasprit Bumrah (VC)
  4. Shubman Gill
  5. Rajat Patidar
  6. KS Bharat (WK)
  7. Axar Patel
  8. Ravichandran Ashwin
  9. Kuldeep Yadav
  10. Mohammed Siraj
  11. Mukesh Kumar

England Probable Playing XI:

  1. Zak Crawley
  2. Ben Duckett
  3. Joe Root
  4. Ollie Pope (VC/ Wk)
  5. Ben Stokes (C )
  6. Jonny Bairstow (Wk)
  7. Ben Foakes (Wk)
  8. Rehan Ahmed
  9. Mark Wood
  10. James Anderson
  11. Tom Hartley

India vs England 3rd test 2024 Preview: Toss Prediction and Average Batting Score

Captains winning the toss would certainly opt to bat first on a batting-friendly track and post a total between 300 to 400 runs.

It is expected the average batting score for the 1st innings would be 350 to 400, whereas for the 2nd innings, it ranges between 300 to 350.

SWOT Analysis of India vs England 3rd Test 2024 Preview

Here is the SWOT analysis of both India and England for the 3rd test match at Rajkot:

1. India:

Strengths:

  • In-depth Batting Line-up
  • Yashasvi Jaiswal’s consistent form
  • Strong bowling performance

Weaknesses:

  • Apart from Yashasvi Jaiswal, none of the batsmen have scored consistently in the series.
  • Only a few senior players in the squad such as Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Axar Patel. Also, other seniors like Jadeja and Rahul are waiting for fitness clearance. 
  • Team India hasn’t been dominant in the ongoing home test series so far.Tough to tackle England’s Bazball approach.
  • KS Bharat’s inability to score huge runs.

Opportunities:

  • Return of KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja into the squad after receiving medical clearance.
  • Shubman Gill returns to his form and secures his position in the test cricket squad.Keep the chances of winning the series as well as secure 2nd position in the WTC points table.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin requires 1 wicket to his important milestone of a 500th test wicket.
  • India’s unbeaten records in test cricket at Rajkot.

Threats:

  • Virat Kohli’s unavailability for the last three test matches.
  • Rohit Sharma’s worrying form in Test cricket.
  • A challenging task for Team India if KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja do not get the fitness clearance.
  • A majority of players have been prone to injuries in recent times. 
  • Mohammed Shami’s absence due to an ankle injury cannot intensify the pace bowling attack.

2. England:

Strengths:

  • A competitive technique of the Bazball approach
  • Strong Batting line-up
  • Ability to chase targets within a short time
  • Aggressive intent of batsmen and bowlers
  • Tom Hartley’s dominating batting performance

Weaknesses:

  • Challenging to implement the Bazball approach against the Indian bowling attack.
  • Rehan Ahmed’s lack of batting experience and skills in test cricket.
  • The weaker batting performance of the tail-enders and their early dismissal.

Opportunities:

  • Ben Stokes has adequate experience in Asia compared to other English batsmen
  • James Anderson requires 5 wickets to reach his crucial milestone of 700th test wicket
  • Possibility to dismiss Indian skipper Rohit Sharma at an early stage before converting a huge score.

Threats:

  • Joe Root’s poor form with the bat.
  • England spinner Jack Hartley is ruled out for the remaining matches of the series due to a knee injury.
  • Ben Stokes after recovering from a knee injury, needs to limit himself from straining on-field and bowling. 
  • England has never won a test series in India since 2012.