Match Preview

Australia will face England in the 3rd Test match of Ashes 2021 on 26 December at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). So far in the series, Australia has been ruthless. After a resounding nine-wicket victory in the first Test at the Gabba, they repeated the feat at the Adelaide Oval in the next match.

The Australians put in a strong overall performance, and they will be hoping to wrap up the series in the third Test. England, on the other hand, will have to perform at a high level to keep the series alive.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is inclined more towards the batting side and is best suited for pacers.

Overcast clouds with temperatures at 14-15° C


Total matches                          113

Matches won batting first         56

Matches won bowling first       40

Average 1st Inns scores         311

Average 2nd Inns scores        311

Average 3rd Inns scores         253

Average 4th Inns scores        172

Highest total recorded            624/8 (142 Ov) by AUS vs PAK

Lowest total recorded             36/10 (23.2 Ov) by RSA vs AUS

Top 2 Wicket-Keeper picks

1) Jos Buttler – Buttler, a hard-hitting batsman and wicketkeeper, is seen as a player with all the tools to excel in the longer format of the game. At a young age, he was introduced to competitive cricket.

Matches – 55

Runs – 2888

Average – 33.81

2) Alex Carey – Carey took up wicket-keeping duties and gradually learned the ropes of being a gloveman. This provided him with more opportunities to play in the starting XI. He began his career in the lower middle of the hierarchy. Carey understands that he’ll have to be at his best in this series. His glovework has always been excellent, and he wishes to improve it even more.

Matches – 2

Runs – 78

Average – 19.50

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) David Warner- The left-handed batter remains a bowlers’ nightmare, and his newfound ability to bat long and deep into an innings is possibly his most valuable quality. Without a doubt, he will be a key player for Australia in the upcoming match.

Matches – 88

Runs – 7513

Average – 48.47

2) Dawid Malan – In the international circuit, Dawid Malan is a late bloomer. The left-handed batter, who was born in Roehampton, has been a regular performer for Middlesex for over a decade, and the national honours were a fitting reward for his consistency.

Matches – 19

Runs – 1018

Average – 30.84                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     3) Travis Head – The left-handed batsman’s ability in the longer format has led his team to many victories. His power down the ground and penchant for switch-hitting is what makes him an asset in the next match.

Matches – 21

Runs – 1374

Average – 42.93

4) Joe Root – By the time Root was chosen Test captain, he had racked up 53 Tests in five years with an average top side of 50, comfortably the most among current England players. He was little of build, perky of shot, and with a scampish grin that went under a bowler’s skin.

Matches – 111

Runs – 9453

Average – 54.89

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Mark Wood – He’s not like Harmison or any of the other traditional English bowlers. Wood stands 6 feet tall and is a terrific hit-the-deck bowler. He gets some movement, but his pace usually puts him ahead of the batsman. The right-handed quick can set a fast pace and regularly bowl at 140 kph or above.

Matches – 22

Wickets – 67

Economy – 3.26

2) Pat Cummins – During the win celebrations, everyone was talking about this amazing fast bowler who has all of the necessary tools for a pace bowler. In 2011, a feisty Pat Cummins made his Test debut on a luscious Wanderers pitch, igniting the international stage. In this Ashes series, he has been in excellent form.

Matches – 35

Wickets – 171

Economy – 2.74

3) Chris Woakes – He’s a useful player because of his ability to strike with the new ball and also bowl well at the death. It is also commonly recognised that, given his basic technique and power-hitting abilities, he can be a very effective batsman.

Matches – 41

Wickets – 122

Economy – 3.05

4) Nathon Lyon – The right-arm off-break bowler has been in excellent form and performed excellently in the most recent games. For the upcoming match, he is an excellent fantasy choice.

Matches – 102

Wickets – 408

Economy – 2.96

Top 2 All-rounder Picks

1) Marnus Labuschagne – His great batting ability has secured him a berth in the Australian Test team for the time being, as he strives to settle into a groove with his batting skills in the lower middle-order. He is still in the honeymoon phase with his Baggy Green at the moment.

Matches – 20

Runs – 2113

Average – 62.14

Wickets – 12

Economy – 3.63

2) Ben Stokes – Stokes, an attacking southpaw with a penchant for big knocks and the ability to play big innings, is also equally good with the ball. He can bowl at a reasonably fast pace and has a penchant for breaking through when his team’s strategy isn’t working.

Matches – 73

Runs – 4696

Average – 36.40

Wickets – 166

Economy – 3.35

Predicted Playing 11


David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson/ Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon


Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (wk), Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, Jack Leach, James Anderson


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