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  • 3:28 AM IST

    What a poor decision to bowl after winning the toss on a flat pitch! Says who? Says who? Says who? Come again! At 136/2 in the 31st over, it looked like England were in for some strong leather hunt. But Warner’s wicket turned the tide as Australia lost their last 8 wickets for just 43 runs. An unbelievable collapse.

  • 9:00 PM IST

    Well, what do you know – the players are back, presumably the light must have improved.

  • 8:46 PM IST

    And more bad news – It’s raining, again!

  • 8:41 PM IST

    Tea taken in Leeds. Australia 54/2

  • 8:32 PM IST

    If rain doesn’t get you, bad light surely will. Out comes the light meter and the two Aussie openers make their way back to the dressing room. Yup folks, play has been stopped for the umpteenth time today and this time due to bad light.

  • 8:27 PM IST

    50 up for Australia in 17.3 overs

  • 8:19 PM IST

    Action resumed. David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne are back on the field, as are the England players.

  • 7:21 PM IST

    Oh no, the dreaded rain has returned and after a lot of deliberation, the players are off the field. Rest assured, we have not seen the last of it. Australia are 39/2.

  • 6:54 PM IST

    WICKET! Stuart Broad gets rid of Usman Khawaja after a successful review. Going down the leg and Khawaja gets a thin inside edge which ultra edge confirms as England captain Joe Root wastes no time to review the not out on-field decision. Khawaja scored 8. Score 25/2

  • 6:38 PM IST

    The second session is underway. Usman Khawaja is the new batsman and Australia will have a herculean task at hand against the swinging red ball. They resume at 12/1.

  • 5:00 PM IST

    And with that wicket, the rain returns and the covers are back on. It’s expected to be one of those irritating start-stop days. It’s extremely dark in Leeds and the floodlights are fully operational.

  • 4:59 PM IST

    EDGED and TAKEN: Australia 12/1. Jofra Archer provides England with an early breakthrough as Marcus Harris edges to Jonny Bairstow. Three balls earlier, an edged from Harris had falled short of third slip and raced for a boundary. This time however, there was extra bounce and a soft nick carried safely to Bairstow.

  • 4:42 PM IST

    And we’re underway. Stuart Broad has the new ball and he has his tail up in swinging, overcast conditions against David Warner and Marcus Harris

  • 4:05 PM IST

    Oh well, the England team and Australia’s openers will have to wait as it has started to drizzle again at Edgbaston. Expected to be a passing shower, but you can’t be too sure. The covers are back on

  • 4:04 PM IST

    Tim Paine: I was hoping he won the toss (laughs), but we were going to have a bat. The wicket looks quite dry underneath. Hoping to get a good first innings total, and hoping we can get Lyon into the game on Day 4 and 5 (because it’s dry underneath). Marcus Harris comes in for Bancroft and Pattinson comes in for Siddle. Smith is a huge miss, and it’s a loss for your team, and it’s upto our senior players to set it up in the absence of Smith. It takes the entire team to win the Ashes series and we have a good chance to show it out here today. Siddle has been bowling well for us, but he’s not getting any younger, and if you’ve got Pattinson in the sidelines waiting, then there’s nothing like it for the team.

  • 3:49 PM IST

    Joe Root: We’re going to bowl first. Looks at the conditions, they’re more suited for bowling. It’ll be good for a long time. There’s some moisture in the wicket too, and there is something in the wicket early on at least. We’re going in with the same team. Jason Roy has done a number of tests for the concussion and he’s perfectly fine. Player safety is paramount, and in the light of what happened last week, we have to be sure that he is fit to play. You want to be part of these big moments, and in big series like the Ashes, you have to be in the middle of the action and we are hoping to end this Test match at 1-1.

  • 3:49 PM IST

    Playing XIs


    Australia (Playing XI): David Warner, Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine(wk/capt), James Pattinson, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

    England (Playing XI): Rory Burns, Jason Roy, Joe Root(capt), Joe Denly, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow(wk), Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach
  • 3:48 PM IST

    TEAM NEWS: England are unchanged from the previous Test, however it is important to note that there is a bit of a shuffling in their batting order. Bairstow at 6 and Buttler at 7. Also, Jason Roy continues as opener. Two changes for Australia. James Pattinson returns ahead of Peter Siddle and Marcus Harris replaces Cameron Bancroft at the top.

  • 3:47 PM IST

    TEAM NEWS

    England are unchanged from the previous Test, however it is important to note that there is a bit of a shuffling in their batting order. Bairstow at 6 and Buttler at 7. Also, Jason Roy continues as opener.

    Two changes for Australia. James Pattinson returns ahead of Peter Siddle and Marcus Harris replaces Cameron Bancroft at the top

  • 3:39 PM IST

    TOSS: England captain Joe Root has won the toss at Headingley and opted to bowl in grey, overcast conditions.

  • 3:09 PM IST

    Toss at Headingley delayed due to rain: Rain is everywhere, folks. First, it delayed the start of the Sri Lanka-New Zealand game in Colombo and now, rain has delayed the toss in Headingley. It rained a bit last night as well, making the decision easier of the team winning the toss.

  • 2:32 PM IST

    Bancroft is playing his first international series after completing an eight-month for ball-tampering, but, he has fared a tad better than his opening partner, David Warner. The left-hander is averaging just 4.5 in the series, adding to Australia’s opening woes.

  • 2:32 PM IST

    Australia are expected to make at least three changes to their playing XI with opener Cameron Bancroft set to be dropped owing to poor run of form that has seen him total 44 runs in four innings, averaging just 11 so far in the series.

  • 2:31 PM IST

    England announced an unchanged squad for the Leeds Test, indicating the management backs the XI that played at Lord’s. That said, coach Trevor Bayliss hinted that England might fancy reshuffling their batting order.

  • 11:57 AM IST

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the 3rd Test between England and Australia at the Headingly, Leeds.

Highlights, England vs Australia 3rd Test Day 1: Australia bowled out for 179
England vs Australia 3rd Test

England vs Australia live cricket score and ball by ball commentary, ENG vs AUS 3rd Test, Day 1, live score at Leeds

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the 3rd Test between England and Australia at the Headingly, Leeds.

ENG vs AUS Match Preview

A draw or a win at Leeds is all that Australia need to retain the Ashes. Sans Steve Smith, the visitors face an uphill task. But for the home side, it’s an opportunity to pounce on good starts that they have had with the ball in the series so far. Smith, with twin centuries in the 1st test, snatched the early advantage from England. In the second Test, he again made a difference with his innings of 92. Marnus Labuschagne will replace the former Australian captain in the middle-order.

For England, Jofra Archer raised quite a few eyebrows on his debut, sending down 44 overs tirelessly. England will have to manage his workload to prevent him from a possible burnout. Opener Jason Roy, who was hit on the helmet during a practice session a couple of days back, has been cleared to take part in the Test. He might again be assessed by the team doctors on the morning of the match.

England called-up Ollie Pope as a backup for Roy. The 21-year-old will bat in the middle-order should Roy be deemed unfit.

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Australia likely 11: 1 Tim Paine (capt), 2 Cameron Bancroft, 3 David Warner, 4 Usman Khawaja, 5 Travis Head, 6 Matthew Wade, 7 Marnus Labuschagne, 8 Pat Cummins, 9 Nathan Lyon, 10 James Pattinson, 11 Josh Hazlewood

England likely 11: 1 Jason Roy, 2 Rory Burns, 3 Joe Root, 4 Joe Denly, 5 Jos Buttler, 6 Ben Stokes, 7 Jonny Bairstow, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 Jofra Archer, 11 Jack Leach

Editorial team of CricketCountry.