England Announces XI Update for Third Test in Rajkot

What to Expect:

  • Mark Wood replaces Shoaib Bashir in England’s XI for the third Test against India in Rajkot.
  • Rehan Ahmed’s availability was confirmed after initial doubts due to visa issues.
  • England opts for two fast bowlers, featuring Mark Wood and James Anderson together for the first time since July 2023.

Mark Wood Returns for the 3rd Test Against India
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In the upcoming third Test between England and India in Rajkot, some noteworthy changes have been made to the English playing XI. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect:

1. Bowling Change:

  • Mark Wood steps in for Shoaib Bashir in the playing XI. This change introduces additional pace to the English bowling attack.

2. Visa Issues Resolved:

  • Rehan Ahmed, initially in doubt due to visa complications upon reaching Rajkot, has been given the green light to join the team. His return adds depth to the squad.

3. Dual Fast Bowling Attack:

  • England is set to deploy Mark Wood and James Anderson as fast bowlers for the first time in this series. The last instance of this combination was in July 2023.

Shoaib Bashir, who made his debut in the second Test, is making way for the pace of Mark Wood. Despite facing visa issues, Rehan Ahmed is confirmed to play, providing a sigh of relief for the English side.

Captain Ben Stokes is set to mark a milestone, playing his 100th Test match. The team dynamics seem to be shifting, and fans can look forward to an exciting match in Rajkot.

England XI for the Third Test in Rajkot:

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

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