England is under pressure, trailing 0-1 n the five-Test series for the Pataudi Trophy, having lost the second Test at Lord's. With the third Test to be played at Headingly in Leeds from Wednesday, England has made some changes in its squad to bounce back. In the first, opener Dominic Sibley has been dropped after going past 35 just once in his last 15 Test innings. As a result, Dawid Malan has replaced him, scoring 199 in the only First-Class match this season, while he has been a consistent performer at the international level. Although he has prominently been influential in the shortest format, it would be interesting to see how he fares in his first Test in three years. He is likely to bat at number three, with Haseeb Hameed being promoted as the opener along with Rory Burns. Furthermore, Ollie Pope also comes as an inclusion in the squad and could return to the middle-order. Meanwhile, England has an injury concern in the form of pacer Mark Wood, who injured his right shoulder during the second Test while fielding. Although he continued to play and bowl throughout the Test, he had to take breaks to give ample rest to his shoulder and get it treated. However, Wood has still been included in the squad, while his participation remains doubtful. He would be closely monitored by the England medical team, while he is expected to be fit for the third Test by Wednesday. Nevertheless, in case he misses out, Saqib Mahmood is likely to make his debut. England squad for the third Test against India: Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Saqib Mahmood, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson and Mark Wood NOTE: Asianet News humbly requests everyone to wear masks, sanitise, maintain social distancing and get vaccinated as soon as eligible. Together we can and will break the chain #ANCares #IndiaFightsCorona

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