England will play New Zealand in the third Test match on Thursday, June 23 at Headingley in Leeds from 3:30 PM IST (Indian Standard Time).
England have emerged victorious in both the previous Tests in this series and take an unassailable lead into this game. Jonny Bairstow’s 92-ball 136 in the second innings along with Joe Root’s 176 in the first innings were instrumental in the hosts’ win at Nottingham. James Anderson is reported to be rested for the third match with Jamie Overton likely to make his Test debut.
The Kiwis have fared well with the bat in both Tests but have missed out in the key moments. Daryl Mitchell has scored centuries in both matches and is the leading run-getter of the series. New Zealand are set to welcome back their skipper Kane Williamson. Kyle Jamieson, who was injured last time out, is likely to be replaced by Neil Wagner.
England vs New Zealand 3rd Test odds
Bet365 odds: England: 1.90, New Zealand: 4.00, Draw: 3.50
10CRIC odds: England: 2.04, New Zealand: 3.91, Draw: 3.02
Betway odds: England: 2.00, New Zealand: 3.75, Draw: 3.00
Betwinner odds: England: 1.91, New Zealand: 4.00, Draw: 3.48
1xBet odds: England: 1.94, New Zealand: 4.06, Draw: 3.54
Note: Odds are subject to change. Please visit betting sites to check and confirm the latest odds.
England vs New Zealand head-to-head in Tests
England holds the edge in the head-to-head record winning 50 of the 109 Tests played between the two teams. On the other hand, New Zealand have won only 12 matches against the hosts while the remaining 47 have ended in a draw.
England also have the upper hand against the Kiwis on recent form in this format, winning two of the last five Tests along with two draws.
England vs New Zealand 3rd Test probable playing XI
England: Alex Lees, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (captain), Ben Foakes (wicket-keeper), Jamie Overton, Stuart Broad, Matthew Potts, Jack Leach.
New Zealand: Tom Latham, Will Young, Kane Williamson (captain), Devon Conway, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell (wicket-keeper), Michael Bracewell, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult.
England vs New Zealand 3rd Test top picks
England: Joe Root has been in impeccable form again this series. The 31-year-old has scored 305 runs in two matches at an average of 101.66 and a strike-rate of 76.25. So far, he has scored two hundreds and two fifties at Headingley in Test cricket.
New Zealand: Trent Boult is the leading wicket-taker in this series with 12 wickets in two Test matches. He took a five-fer in the first inning of the last Test, taking out four of the top five batters in the England lineup. The Kiwis will hope that the 32-year-old can deliver yet again.
England vs New Zealand 3rd Test prediction
England’s wins in the first two Tests and their record at Headingley make them the favourites.
New Zealand have lost five out of the eight Tests they have played here and their current Test form means they might find it difficult to get a positive result.
England vs New Zealand 3rd Test playing conditions and weather report
Maximum Temperature: 27°C
Wind: 11 km/h