England Unchanged After Third Test Win

Captain Alastair Cook praised the all-round contribution of his team as England secured a superb 141-run victory over Pakistan at Edgbaston to take a 2-1 lead in the four-Test series.

Moeen, who was named Man of the Match, has been under pressure throughout this series.

As for Bairstow's recent England form, Root said: "I think the way he has applied himself to Test cricket over the last 18 months has been great".

After travelling from Birmingham to London on Monday, the unchanged 13-man England squad will practise at the Oval on Tuesday afternoon before the top seven batsmen go out for dinner with David Gower.

Bayliss is mindful of the effectiveness of spin at The Oval, and remembers Nathan Lyon taking four wickets there in Australia's consolation Ashes triumph previous year.

"Very", Bayliss said when asked how tempted he was by the thought of Rashid playing. We saw a year ago at The Oval, the wicket had a bit in it for everyone. "Once bowlers get that with the skills they have, it's very hard".

And the Worcestershire player, who started out at Warwickshire, admitted he was taken aback by his quick-scoring rate on Day Four for England. Full credit to England for the way they fought back after we had a lead of more than 100.

"At some stage, he will get an opportunity". Past year he bowled extremely well against Australia and he was our best pace bowler for some of the matches in South Africa last winter.

But a 10,000-plus partisan crowd stirred up noisy encouragement whenever England threatened, with reverse-swing for the seamers and improved bowling from off-spinner Moeen Ali providing extra hope. I need that edge because I think it's made me the bowler I am but at the same time I want to stay the right side of the line'.

The English pacer went into the third Test match against third-placed Pakistan trailing Ashwin by one point, but four wickets against Pakistan helped him get six points to go above Ashwin.

Finn's bowling, like Moeen's, had previously been a worry - but England have retained faith in him.

"Everyone responded, and I think this side might have just toughened up a little bit", said Cook.

"I thought past year he bowled extremely well against Australia". Rashid has had a chance of playing in the last two or three Tests we have played there. "But it will be a bit of an irrelevance, because this side has still got much further to go".

The latter was in evidence at Edgbaston, and will be key again in a sub-continental winter to come.

England team's all-rounder Ben Stokes is facing injury and is dropped from the 3rd test match whereas James Anderson's presence seems to be doubtful as well. A notable part of Rashid's role in that game was running through the lower order, which is something Bayliss believes he could bring to the Test side.

Anderson escaped any punishment from match referee Richie Richardson, the former West Indies captain, and Bayliss was happy with the way Anderson dealt with the fall-out.



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