England are all set to take on New Zealand at Headingley, Leeds in the third and final Test match starting from May 23. The hosts are leading the series 2-0 and are looking to whitewash the opponents. England’s win at Trent Bridge was their 50th against The Kiwis in 109 Test matches between both sides.
The Ben Stokes-led side has announced their playing XI for the final Test. Jamie Overton is all set to make his debut in place of the injured James Anderson who has not recovered yet from an ankle injury. Overton’s inclusion for the final Test is the only change for England in a series they’ve already won.
“Unfortunately Jimmy’s not pulled up as much as we’d like to so Jamie Overton is going to make his debut this week,” Stokes said during his pre-match press conference. The series has been a memorable one personally for Stokes and he would like to end it on a high.
Speaking about New Zealand, they have Kane Williamson back after his mandatory isolation after recovering from covid that kept him out of the second Test. He has a task on his hands. However, there are concerns over the availability of Devon Conway who tested covid positive earlier this year. Colin de Grandhhome and Kyle Jamieson have been already ruled out from the series with injuries.
ENG vs NZ: Weather Forecast And Pitch Report of Headingley At Leeds – New Zealand Tour of England 2022, 3rd Test
The third Test will start at 11 am local time with the conditions sunny and warm for cricket. There is no rain expected in between the days and the conditions are expected to remain pretty clear throughout.
Headingley has hosted 79 Test matches before this. It has remained a witness to many memorable England victories and victories of other teams as well. The side batting first has won 29 matches while the side batting second 32 times. 304 is the average first innings score which drops down to 292 in the second innings.