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England and Australia are set to take on each other in the third Test of the Ashes 2021 from 26th to 30th December 2021 at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Australia currently lead the series 2-0 and one more win can help them retain the urn. Australia have been outstanding thus far in the series. Pat Cummins took over as the full-time captain and led the team to a 9-wicket win in the first Test.

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The bowling unit bundled out England for 147 and 297 in their two innings. Australia, on the other hand, posted 425 runs in their first innings and had to score only 20 runs in their second innings to win the Test.

In his first very match as a full-time captain, Pat Cummins picked a five-wicket haul and followed it with 2 more wickets in the second innings. Travis Head made headlines in the first Test, having played an outstanding 152 off 148, including 14 fours and 4 sixes. Labuschagne made 74 off 117.

Australia continued their brilliant run in the second Test. Australia batted first this time around and notched a gigantic score of 473 runs, thanks to stellar contributions from Marnus Labuschagne (103), Steve Smith (93), David Warner (95) and Alex Carey (51).

Despite missing the likes of Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood in the second Test, Australia bundled England out for 236 runs in their first innings. Mitchell Starc starred with the ball, picking 4 for 37, while Lyon picked 3.

For England, Malan (80), Root (62) and Stokes (34) were the only ones who showed some fight with the bat. Australia batted second and declared their innings at 230 for 9, thereby setting a target of 468 runs.

Joe Root and Dawid Malan. Photo- AP
Joe Root and Dawid Malan. Photo- AP

England, in pursuit of the target, were bowled out for 192 runs. Rory Burns (34), Joe Root (24), David Malan (24), and Chris Woakes (44) failed to convert the starts into big scores. Jos Buttler showed fight on the last day of the Test and batted 207 balls for his 26 but it wasn’t enough to save the Test.

Cheteshwar Pujara, Mark Wood
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Ahead of the third Test, England have made four changes in their playing XI. Jonny Bairstow, Zack Crawley, Jack Leach, and Mark Wood have been included in the eleven, replacing the likes of Ollie Pope, Rory Burns, Stuart Broad, and Chris Woakes.

As for Australia, Pat Cummins returns to the playing XI, while Scott Boland is set to make his Test debut. Josh Hazlewood will continue to miss out as he hasn’t recovered from his injury, while Jhye Richardson has picked up a leg injury and will sit out in the third Test as well.

AUS vs ENG Head to Head Records: Australia’s Head to Head Record vs England- Ashes 2021-22, 3rd Test

David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne
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Teams Head to Head Records: Tests 

Stats Matches AUS Win  ENG Won Draw
Overall 353 148 110 95
Ashes Title 71 33 32 6
In the last 5 matches 5 3 2

Australia and England have played against each other in 353 Tests in the history of their Test rivalry. Australia have dominated the series, having won as many as 148 Tests. England, on the other hand, have managed to win 110 Tests, while 95 Tests resulted in draws.

For those of you who don’t know, the first match of the Ashes series was played on 15th March 1877. The last Ashes series was held in England in 2019. Both the team won 2 matches each, while one resulted in a draw.