England v India, 3rd npower Test, Edgbaston August 9, 2011

Top spot is within England's sights

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Match Facts

August 10-14, Edgbaston
Start time 11.00 (1000GMT)

The Big Picture

In 1981 the race riots were an undercurrent throughout a summer where England claimed a famous Ashes series victory. Thirty years later the unrest which began in London and has now spread elsewhere has overshadowed the build-up to a Test match where England can go No. 1 in the world with victory over India.

The England team were locked in their hotel on Monday evening, while India were keeping tabs on the situation, but the match is expected to go ahead as planned at a new-look Edgbaston which has undergone extensive redevelopment. The hosts are a win away from taking over from India at the top spot in Test cricket and they will take some stopping in their current form.

India have been a major disappointment during the opening two matches except for the herculean efforts of Rahul Dravid and occasional bursts from their pace bowlers. The batsmen have failed to reach 300 in four innings, while the support bowling for the quicks has been awful and the fielding often poor. For a side that came with such a mighty tag it has been quite a fall from grace.

MS Dhoni, himself in a poor run of form, and coach Duncan Fletcher have a major challenge. They will hope the return of Virender Sehwag can provide an x-factor but he's played hardly any cricket recently, falling for 8 against Northamptonshire over the weekend. Still, he has never been a player to value warm-up matches too highly.

Despite England's outstanding performances it is now that they could be at their most vulnerable. They have a recent track record of losing their way when a major target is there for the taking; at Headingley in 2009 and Perth in 2010 they stumbled with the Ashes up for grabs before recovering to claim the prize while last summer against Pakistan they lost at The Oval having been 2-0 up. This time they'll be desperate not to leave the series open.

Form guide

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Watch out for...

India have sent out their SOS - Send our Sehwag. After three months on the sidelines with a shoulder injury Virender Sehwag has returned to action although it remains to be seen how effective he can be. His shoulder is still causing trouble and he's also suffered partial deafness. Yet he has the ability to open some old scars. His 83 off 68 balls in Chennai was the key innings in India's successful run chase during the 2008 series against England. Sehwag is the type of batsman who can score a hundred in a session and give a struggling team belief. Still, it's asking a huge amount of one cricketer.

Another batsman returning to Test cricket, although under different circumstances, is Ravi Bopara. However, with Jonathan Trott unlikely to be absent for long it is set to be a one-off chance for Bopara to show his game has matured to make him a viable option in the Test team. He'll slot in at No. 6, a more natural position than No. 3 where Australia found him out, but still needs to convince he has the technique and temperament for the top level. However, having narrowly missed out to Eoin Morgan earlier in the summer he knows he's still the next in line.

Team news

With Trott and Chris Tremlett ruled out England don't face any last-minute selection issues. Steven Finn is part of the squad but won't keep out Tim Bresnan after his outstanding display at Trent Bridge. Bopara is likely to bat at No. 6 on his Test return which means Morgan moving up one spot.

England (probable): 1 Andrew Strauss (capt), 2 Alastair Cook, 3 Ian Bell, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Ravi Bopara, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 Graeme Swann, 11 James Anderson.

India know they'll be without Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh for the rest of the tour, but will at least be able to welcome back Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir to strengthen the batting and allow everyone to play in their usual positions. Given Suresh Raina's problems against the short ball Virat Kohli, who replaced Yuvraj, may be considered while Amit Mishra is still favourite to come in for Harbhajan despite talk of a four-man pace attack.

India (probable): 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Rahul Dravid, 4 Sachin Tendulkar, 5 VVS Laxman, 6 Suresh Raina, 7 MS Dhoni (c) (wk), 8 Amit Mishra, 9 Praveen Kumar, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Sreesanth.

Pitch and conditions

The surface was very green in the days leading up to the game and although some grass will be taken off there should still be plenty to encourage the seamers. However, Steve Rouse, the Edgbaston groundsman, said there won't be much pace. The ground has had problems with wickets this summer and one Championship pitch was ruled 'poor' and cost Warwickshire eight points. The forecast, meanwhile, is mixed with rain expected to be around at times.

Stats and trivia

  • England have won four out of five Tests against India at Edgbaston although the two teams haven't met on this ground since 1996, when Nasser Hussain and Sachin Tendulkar scored hundreds.

  • Kevin Pietersen averages 60.57 at this ground but the next best among the fit England batsmen is Andrew Strauss's 32.10.

  • For a full stats preview click here

Quotes

"Even in the two Tests we've played, there are moments when we've really had our backs to the wall. We're not expecting anything different from them, we're going to have to work very hard and hopefully earn the right to get on top in this Test match."
Andrew Strauss refuses to take India lightly.

"If he nicks it and doesn't walk it may be different, but apart from that he's quite good."
MS Dhoni doesn't think Virender Sehwag's partial deafness will be much of an issue.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 10, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    For the betterment of Indian cricket let that useless milestones man get to his record. Everytime he gets stuck with a useless record, everything that has to do with team's focus on winning, saving etc get thrown out of the window into a trash can. Let that paper 'god' get to that useless milestone so that Indians can concentrate better on things that matter.

  • shamlaatu on August 10, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    lol hahaha Exactly what I feared. Check out my comment on "shamlaatu on (August 09 2011, 19:18 PM GMT)"

    Lets see if Raina and Laxman can do the repair work. They should.

  • Kashi0127 on August 10, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    This is a great opportunity for Indian Board and selecors. It requires a bold decision. We have been carrying the dead weight of Tendulkar, Sehwag and Zheer for too long. Get rid of them Look at history: Tendulkar gets stuck on the threshold of some milestone or the other and evryting related to team goes out of the window. Zaheer and Swhwag are contantly injury prone - may be they just like the money (aka IPL) and do not have huts to admit it like Malinga.

    I say forget this series and next couple of ones. Clean up this mess and go for yuoung blood - keep Dravid and Laxman for some solidarity.

  • on August 10, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    the way india is going.. they wil score less thn 200 in the 1st innings

  • cardassian on August 10, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    Great start England. Keep up the good work.

  • on August 10, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    wht a job.. wht a golden duck.. bravo shewag ..bravo

  • on August 10, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    I am highly delighted to know that captain Strauss won the toss and decided to bowl first in the bouncy pitch of Edgbaston which has mostly been bowler-friendly and it is useful mainly for seamers as they have taken more wickets in comparison to spinners and I'm sure that it will definitely helpful for the English seamers today. Seamers like Anderson, Broad, Bresnan have really got the opportunity to sharpen their bowling and I want this to happen. Come on England come on. Don't depend on Bopara and don't even believe on him as he won't be helpful for u. Just believe on yur useful and reliable batsmen like Cook, Strauss, Pietersen, Bell, Morgan and Prior although Cook and Struass are not having good form right now. U must need to bowl sharply today and try to bowl out India before it makes 300 to put enormous pressure over the team as England's position has been now strengthened after two consecutive comprehensive victories. All the best to England.

  • sachin_mumbai on August 10, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    If England gets the top spot in the rankings India will not be the most weakest side to have been number 1 any more....

  • on August 10, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    I am an Indian but not mad enough to turn my face from TRUTH. Eng is much better team as of now. To all my friends who are whining about India's stay on top since Dec 2009, please see the stats. Ind played max. tests in 2010 (14 tests, joint with Eng)) and only 2 in SA, all 12 were in India and Bangladesh. Ind played Bang, NZ (fairly weaker side) and if u see all those results, barring winning with AUS (2-0) we neevr won any series convincingly. Even in 2011 as of now Ind has played 6 tests (joint with Eng) but since all the test are played outside subcontinent, India's points were dropping from beginning of 2011. In 2011, there was just one test (vs SA) during first 6 months so was India on top for 1.5 year. Since Dec 2009, Ind and Eng have played (20) tests however other teams Aus (13), SA (12), NZ (8), SL (9) have played very few and that too outside home conditions. Know the facts first before commenting guys.

  • Harmony111 on August 10, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    @popcorn:

    YOU ARE A LEGEND. You said that India have played their test matches against lower ranked teams. Tell me, how can India play a higher ranked team when India are ranked #1?

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 10, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    For the betterment of Indian cricket let that useless milestones man get to his record. Everytime he gets stuck with a useless record, everything that has to do with team's focus on winning, saving etc get thrown out of the window into a trash can. Let that paper 'god' get to that useless milestone so that Indians can concentrate better on things that matter.

  • shamlaatu on August 10, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    lol hahaha Exactly what I feared. Check out my comment on "shamlaatu on (August 09 2011, 19:18 PM GMT)"

    Lets see if Raina and Laxman can do the repair work. They should.

  • Kashi0127 on August 10, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    This is a great opportunity for Indian Board and selecors. It requires a bold decision. We have been carrying the dead weight of Tendulkar, Sehwag and Zheer for too long. Get rid of them Look at history: Tendulkar gets stuck on the threshold of some milestone or the other and evryting related to team goes out of the window. Zaheer and Swhwag are contantly injury prone - may be they just like the money (aka IPL) and do not have huts to admit it like Malinga.

    I say forget this series and next couple of ones. Clean up this mess and go for yuoung blood - keep Dravid and Laxman for some solidarity.

  • on August 10, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    the way india is going.. they wil score less thn 200 in the 1st innings

  • cardassian on August 10, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    Great start England. Keep up the good work.

  • on August 10, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    wht a job.. wht a golden duck.. bravo shewag ..bravo

  • on August 10, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    I am highly delighted to know that captain Strauss won the toss and decided to bowl first in the bouncy pitch of Edgbaston which has mostly been bowler-friendly and it is useful mainly for seamers as they have taken more wickets in comparison to spinners and I'm sure that it will definitely helpful for the English seamers today. Seamers like Anderson, Broad, Bresnan have really got the opportunity to sharpen their bowling and I want this to happen. Come on England come on. Don't depend on Bopara and don't even believe on him as he won't be helpful for u. Just believe on yur useful and reliable batsmen like Cook, Strauss, Pietersen, Bell, Morgan and Prior although Cook and Struass are not having good form right now. U must need to bowl sharply today and try to bowl out India before it makes 300 to put enormous pressure over the team as England's position has been now strengthened after two consecutive comprehensive victories. All the best to England.

  • sachin_mumbai on August 10, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    If England gets the top spot in the rankings India will not be the most weakest side to have been number 1 any more....

  • on August 10, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    I am an Indian but not mad enough to turn my face from TRUTH. Eng is much better team as of now. To all my friends who are whining about India's stay on top since Dec 2009, please see the stats. Ind played max. tests in 2010 (14 tests, joint with Eng)) and only 2 in SA, all 12 were in India and Bangladesh. Ind played Bang, NZ (fairly weaker side) and if u see all those results, barring winning with AUS (2-0) we neevr won any series convincingly. Even in 2011 as of now Ind has played 6 tests (joint with Eng) but since all the test are played outside subcontinent, India's points were dropping from beginning of 2011. In 2011, there was just one test (vs SA) during first 6 months so was India on top for 1.5 year. Since Dec 2009, Ind and Eng have played (20) tests however other teams Aus (13), SA (12), NZ (8), SL (9) have played very few and that too outside home conditions. Know the facts first before commenting guys.

  • Harmony111 on August 10, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    @popcorn:

    YOU ARE A LEGEND. You said that India have played their test matches against lower ranked teams. Tell me, how can India play a higher ranked team when India are ranked #1?

  • on August 10, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    If u see Indian team, they don't deserve to be no.1 , The team who dont able to make 300 in four innings and even opponent team bowlers are making 50+ runs. funny na! no 1

  • satanswish on August 10, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    Don't worry guys this test match will be over in 3-4 days & England will be new deserving No.1 test champions.

  • on August 10, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    If England can use 4 south african players in their squad, why not India use some of the fast bowlers from Pakistan, given that the PCB's relentless approach towards the game. I couldn't digest the fact that Pakistan, once a part of India, were able to produce so many great fast bowlers on the other hand India were able to produce very few like Kapil, Srinath and Zaheer. If only we have bowlers in the likes of Umar Gul, sohail tanvir etc., we might have reached the top spot much earlier and for a long period of time.

  • on August 10, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    i wish all the best for india in the 3rd test specialy fo veru and sachin

  • srikumar_radha on August 10, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    If five frontline batsmen can't do the job, the sixth one can't. However, we ought to have five bowlers lest one bowler gets injured in between, like the last two tests. My team:1 Virender Sehwag 2 Gautam Gambhir 3 Rahul Dravid 4 Sachin Tendulkar 5 VVS Laxman 6 MS Dhoni (c) (wk) 7Ishant Sharma 8Praveen Kumar 9 Sreesanth 10 Munaf Patel 11 Amit Mishra. Note that Ishant should come after Dhoni, he has a good defence.

  • A_Yorkshire_Lad on August 10, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    @nampally "England, despite their run of successes,are not as good as shown by results of first 2 Tests." Really ?? What do the results of the first 2 tests say about India then ??? The number one team in the world gets convincingly beaten TWICE by a poor team - doesn't say much for the 'number one' team then , does it ?

    As for England's run of successes ( including an away ashes victory ) - how did that happen , then ? Wishful thinking ? Acts of God ? I think not.

  • on August 10, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    DHONIS BAD TIME MEYBE STARTS NOW

  • Ms.Cricket on August 10, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    Since India is losing, everyone is foccused on their team's performance, how about England look at their team. Cook and Swann have struggled in this series and should be out and Strauss should also be on notice.

  • on August 10, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    it is going to be 4-0 to england. msd luck indian teams test record will start falling down .after the retirement of rd and vvs india will be ranked 7 in icc test ranking and for srt fans do not expect 100th 100 because it will not happen in this series and because of the pressure of record he will not score any runs in this entire series.

  • A.R.AHSAN on August 10, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    Return of Sehwag is important and will bring that aggressiveness which is missing in Indian Team and if he stands there only for 1 session it will be enough for indian team to win test from their. Hope for a better match.

  • Petefen on August 10, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    I once again can see no way that India will be able to take 20 England wickets cheaply enough to mean that this will be nothing but another comprehensive victory for England . England have been dominant with both bat and ball throughout this series and I can see no change to that here

  • vamkri on August 10, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    Its difficult to understand why Dhoni is blaming injuries to players is the reason behind poor performance in both the tests.When you look back to second test, ENGLAND were without TROT and SWANN and were trailing by 50 odd runs at the end of second day play,but they managed to pull out fantastically with their performance. For INDIANS its all in the mind,if we are ready to fight we can win the both matches and level the series since pitches are result producing we can expect good context overall for the remaining matches

  • on August 10, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    cant write a team off in just 2 losses.we cannot forget the achievements in last 2years.its all due to injuries to senior most players.we had our opportunities in the two tests.weren't totally whitewashed.so just keep faith in the players.and about dhoni,he going through a bad phase,he needs our support.GO INDIA GO.WE ARE WITH YOU ALWAYS.....

  • on August 10, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    Wish the best of luck to both teams!

  • emeye on August 10, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    @Lucky Lky: totally agree!!! without indian dramatization cricket would become so dull, we need some humor. come on guy's we are your fans.

  • cricfanraj on August 10, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    For all who are saying India doesn't deserved to be No1, you all agree that England doesn't even qualify to be number one because they cannot even dream to win in Subcontinent. India got good track record out side subcontinent as well. Ausis / SA ....They are not a dominent force like Ausis 5 years back but they are playing very good cricket while England performance in subcontinent is miserable, So even if India cannot retain No. 1 spot they are losing to someone who don't even qualify . That is strange.

  • sanjuprajapati on August 10, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    I THINK INDIAN TEAM SHOULD BE MORE AGGRESIVE THIS TIME

  • PrakashXI on August 10, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    Well past is past and we know this indian team is well know to bounce back from no where. That will be the case today also. Just hope that Mahi opts to Bat first this time round. and even though sree had a nice game at notigam. RP should play as it offers a variety to the pace attack. and mishra should play.

  • on August 10, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    i think on the place of suresh raina(who cant face short balls),mukund should given a chance.....he scored a century against the northamptonshire

  • on August 10, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    If India needs to restore pride then send bak Flecher nd call Kirsten bak. Nobody is as good as him. I fear the short golden age of Indian cricket ends with Kirstens farewell

  • on August 10, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    If India plays four seamers, Dhoni would be out of the fourth test surely. The test is interesting because the claimant to no. 1 spot is playing against the holder of the spot. So it is upto Indian team to put up a stiff fight and not to give up the crown easily.

  • on August 10, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    You can never stop indian fans..they will keep giving excuse and excuse.sehwag is completely a flat track bully.if he can't perform today...indian fans will say, he was not completely fit.otherwise we would win.if he fails at next match again...his mind was not good...otherwise we would win.just keep dreaming.you are great entertainer of cricket.without your excuse cricket is dull.

  • on August 10, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    @ knoweverybody... your comment if funny... 200 runs..ha ha ha.. r u in dream dear.. thn better get up and see urself

  • champ1388 on August 10, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    England as a team look really invincible. If India manage to win the remaining matches, then they deserve to be no.1 otherwise england will deservingly get to the pinnacle of test cricket...England look favourites though..

  • NVIK on August 10, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    Good Luck Indian Team.

    On Team Selection, I will go with below

    Shewag, Gambir, Abinav Mukund,(Better than Raina at current series and also we need additional opener) Dravid VVS Sachin Dhoni Mishra Ishant Praveen Sreeshant

  • popcorn on August 10, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    India NEVER EVER deserved to be Number One in Test Cricket. To be truly called Number One, that should have won BOTH - HOME and AWAY Series. Look at how NFL and NBA are played. India have earned points playing a majority of their games AT HOME, and against lower ranked Teams. They have NEVER won a Series AWAY against Australia and South Africa. ONLY Australia has won Series BOTH HOME and AWAY.NOW, India's REAL value is being exposed.

  • on August 10, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    Whoa i would love to see England play without Anderson ,Swaan and a batsmen in the playing XI of the last match!!!It is a combination of lack of preparation and injuries that had led the team down! This match is now having a better balance both according to the teams and mental approach! India is one team in the world who do not get bogged down even though they loose a match or 2 in the series so i still think England are vulnerable!this has nothing to do with the return of only one man(u know who)!!!! GO INDIA GO!!

  • AMLA-DRAVID-TROTT on August 10, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    My playing XI would be Gambhir-Mukund-Sehwag-Dravid-Sachin-Laxman-Dhoni-Mishra-Praveen-Ishanth-RP Singh. I would prefer Mukund before Sehwag because Viru is pathetic when it swings. Mukund and Gambhir should play risk free cricket for atleast an hour and then Viru can go for the kill. If there is an early wicket, Dravid can come followed by Sehwag. Raina is gonna get out to a short one so... PS: What's the weather going to be for the next 5 days and what should the team winning the toss do first? I would go for batting as the pitch is going to get slower. Anything around 250 would be competitive.

  • sawifan on August 10, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    As an avid cricket follower (and neutral in terms of this series), the thing that has annoyed me has been the constant whinging from the Indian fans re: injuries!!!! Now in this test, ENG are without arguably their best batsmen and an inform bowler (more inform than Zaheer). So by what many of the IND supporters have said, and given the IND team now has their full strength batting line-up, then they should win this test easily. If they don't, all the IND supporters should just say congrats to the far superior team in THIS series. Another point of conjecture is the #1 ranking. Many upset IND fans are claiming that ENG #1 ranking (if they achieve it) will be nothing because ENG can't win in IND etc... Excuse me, but when was the last time IND won a series in AUS or SAF?!?! Many teams are close these days, so the #1 ranking is going to be handed around. If ENG become #1, they have done so with the same system that allowed IND to be #1 without ever winning in AUS or SAF. Good luck SRT!

  • tahmid.abir on August 10, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    India should drop Mukund nd give chance 2 player like Rohit Sharma ,Yuvraj Singh bcoz they are way more xperienced than Mukundnd they hv a good amount of international xperience

  • ashu.lifeisbeautiful on August 10, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    The Indian team needs to lift themselves. Not many things have gone right for them including the English team performing like a well oiled machine. Probably Sachin needs to score big.... get his hundred ! will be the booster dose they require to take on the English team. Hey ... English team you are playing too well !!

  • on August 10, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    Yes i guess India will bounce back and win the 3rd test. Team India should play Amit Mishra as he is in good form in WI tour. With Sehwag and Gauti back it looks strong batting line up.

    watch 3rd test live online at www.ipltime.com

    sach ipltime.com

  • shamlaatu on August 10, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    @ Vishal Sidana. Yep, the weather will probably save them.

  • on August 10, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    Let the BEST team ...Sorry , the No.1 side Win :)

  • on August 10, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    Everything seems to be not in order for india.... but India don't panic... champions are made and known by their ability to bounce back when their backs are behind the wall.. its going to be tough but not impossible.. team Iindia don't worry too much.. concentrate .. fight but still enjoy the game and don't put unnecessary burden / pressure on you.. good luck India.. a good day with the ball or a swash buckling century will certainly change the mood in the camp.. so be patient.. enjoy the hour.. be optimistic... the battles were lost on 2 grounds but the war is not lost.. you have 2 more grounds to go.. expect the best... all the best team India.. go.. go.. go for the kill..

  • on August 10, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    Going by the MSD luck factor and looking at the way things are! My money's on India . Mishra, if he gets a 5 for here , its Goodbye Bhajji . Viru is a changed man, since the first World cup match ! If he plays 50 overs .. India's No.1 status will be under no threat !

  • on August 10, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    I think dropping mukund for Shewag is not correct. Rather shewag can come in place of Harbhajan (who anyway neither bowl not bat). Atleast shewag may take a wicket or two. I dont think Shewag may even touch a double digit score. But, if luck is in India's favour, then shewag bamboozle and England will come from the dreamworld.

    So, it is just Shewag's luck stands between England and World No.1

  • panchakoti on August 10, 2011, 5:32 GMT

    ITS ALL IN THE MIND I GUESS. If the indian team think & feel they will win this test, then the 3rd test will go to india. one thing is for sure, the english team is not indispensable...no one is. just go out there & play your game the way you know it best. that should be the mantra for our national side. its too late now to cry over spilt milk. today is a new day, tomorrow is another. the indians need to play their game with pride & dignity...play to win...AT ALL COST. FORTUNE ONLY FAVOURS THE BRAVE!!! THAT'S IT. lets wish our team all the best...all the way!!!

  • on August 10, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    1 Virender Sehwag 2 Gautam Gambhir 3 Abhinav Mukund 4 Rahul Dravid 5 Sachin Tendulkar 6 VVS Laxman 7 MS Dhoni (c) (wk) 8 Praveen Kumar 9 Ishant Sharma 10 Sreesanth 11 Munaf Patel

  • sircha on August 10, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    Just hope that India can win one and draw the other so that they can save their top test ranking!

  • knoweverybody on August 10, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    yes india will win this test match by 200 runs

  • on August 10, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    As an Indian fan i have some memories and a strange apprehension that history will repeat itself with a kind of role reversal.In 1993 England came to India as one of the top teams in the world in both formats.Before the series Eng coach and Gooch warned Indians not to prepare spin friendly tracks since Eng spinners were better than Indians.I still remember us laughing at Ian Salisbury and Phil Tufnel quoting these comments once England were spin washed 3-0(we were at school then).Gooch had a stomach infection the night before first test and did not play.The likes of Robin Smith who landed in India as a top batter were never seen again on cricket fields.(at least by Asians).A certain Blakey(wicket keeper) also sank without a trace.Thereafter Eng cricket sunk to further depths.The 92 WC finalists never managed to reach even top 6 in any subsequent WCs after that.Will history repeat itself with India...Oh God May I be proved wrong.....

  • flavamonkey on August 10, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    I like the team selected by @TeamSelector, except maybe have Mukund open with Gambhir. If he can keep bat and pad together, he can see off the new ball before Sehwag can be let loose.

  • on August 10, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    INDIA is on top & will remain on top......d light whch sparks 2 much mean its time for a blast 2 make an end of it[similar 2 England team]......

  • ejsiddiqui on August 10, 2011, 4:44 GMT

    Why not go for 5 bowlers (Finn for Bopara), when you already have a wk batsman with 50+ average and two all-rounders (Bresnan and Broad). England should be more aggressive to take top spot.

  • on August 10, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    I wonder what excuses India fans will use for being outplayed this time?

    Injuries isn't an excuse because a good side can cope and replace those players and still win and when you field unfit and old players injuries should be expected anyway.

    This isn't the tournament to decide who is the best team in the world, that's next year: England vs SA.

  • rahulcricket007 on August 10, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    some indian fans are saying that one day series should be before the test matches so indian team can adjust in the conditions . i don't agree with that . what happens if some of ouer key players get injured inthe one day series ? it willl be again a huge losss to india . so plaese stop giving excuses for our team performances . i m an indian fan . lets accept england played well , so they win . our indian team performance was very poor especially in the second innings of second test i can't beleive that indian team got all out in 150 on the same pitch where england scores 417 runs in a day . lets hope team india does well and save the pride and ranking .

  • on August 10, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    I think mukund and saha must be in playing eleven in place of Raina and dhoni cuz mukund can handle better seam bowling and dhoni is just out of touch.

  • landl47 on August 10, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    @Alexk400- which games have you been watching? At what point was England 1 wicket away from collapse in the first test? Do you mean in the second innings, when they were 107-6? If so, maybe you've forgotten that they led by 186 on the first innings, so even if they'd all got out for 0 they still had enough runs to top India's 261. In the second game, yes, England were 124-8 (which is why a really good team has lower-order batsmen who can score runs), but even without the 97 runs they got from there they'd still have beaten India by 222 runs. The ONLY reason the first two games were even moderately competitive was that India won the toss and bowled on wickets which did a lot in the first innings. If England had bowled first, they'd have won both games by an innings, just as they did in Australia and against Pakistan last year. This is a seriously good England team which Indian fans are still underestimating, even after two thrashings.

  • MinusZero on August 10, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    I hope Viru can get runs, but he is always just as likely to get out cheaply

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 10, 2011, 3:19 GMT

    Sehwag isn't fully fit as I understand it. He should not be selected at any cost if that is the case. Gambs, Mukund, Dravid, Sachs, VVS, Raina, Dhoni, Praveen, Ishant, Sree, RP or Mishra. Mishra adds batting dimension where as RP gives us a four pronged pace attack. He has lots of swing and pace. He'll be rearing to go after waiting for so long. Let him lose on the opponents' openers. He will be more than a handful for them and the rest of the batsmen as well. A left armer with genuine swing, pace and movement off the seam is a lovely combination. You can't go wrong. Mishra can wait for a pitch where there isn't much grass. If you want Mishra also, then drop Raina. As simple as that. But Dhoni is such a liability as a batsman that we find it hard to drop a batsman. We could have easily dropped Raina if we have world class batsman-keeper like Dinesh Karthik. Dhoni is hurting this team big time on every front. Even Parthiv could have given us lots of reassurance as a batsman-keeper.

  • Quddus-Mamu on August 10, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    This is going to be 4-0 series. England will win rest of the matches without having any problem.

  • 9ST9 on August 10, 2011, 2:43 GMT

    Now the indian fans who were over the moon when their side reached #1 ranking in december 2009 say "We don't care about the ranking." SOME English fans (very few compared to their indian counterparts) are already high, understandably because the words #1,Champions and England were never synonymous barring the 1966 Soccer world cup and the World T20 (which according to 5Wombats is insignificant). Fun times ahead.

  • on August 10, 2011, 2:40 GMT

    England has rolled all over India until this point. They really have to come up with something extraordinary to claw back at this stage. I want to hope they can. lol But well played England! What a fabulous team. I hvnt seen a team that looked so tight and so good in all departments (And plus, their bench strength!) since the Aussies at their prime.

  • AzyS on August 10, 2011, 2:35 GMT

    the indian team always takes time to get used to the conditions in overseas tours so it should always play the one-day series before the tests or play atleast 2-3 four day games against domestic sides to warm-up. is the BCCI LISTENING..

  • Alexk400 on August 10, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    @Ayaz Noor M wrong on every account. India was 1 wicket away collapse of england in both test matches. And they lacked that one impact bowler to get through. Zaheer khan would have made india win first test for sure. Even second test. Sehwag, you will never know what you get. My guess is he will play good. it is all depends on other around him. if india bats first , it will be good for india. if england bats and put large total pressure will be lot. With sehwag around game is even.

  • AzyS on August 10, 2011, 2:19 GMT

    first of all, congrats to the english team for winning the first 2 tests but i feel it was mostly coz of extreme bad luck for india. to have your major players injured has put india into a really tight spot. no sehwag and gambhir at the top, sachin injured in d first test, bhajji and yuvraj injured, zaheer out after the first day itself. whatever can go bad has gone Worse and more. it is an eng-ind series but feels as if eng are playing against zimbabwe\bangladesh and winning so easily. as a hardcore fan of cricket and india, i still have my fingers crossed hoping that india will come from behind and level the series. all the best to the world champs!!

  • on August 10, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    i think its totally wrong to drop mukand just bcz some big name is coming,who hasn't played for three months.i bet he wont even score a fifty in this match,and India in a lot of problem with current bowlers,i think India should have had irfan as cover for zaheer khan.GOD HELP INDIA.......................

  • on August 10, 2011, 2:08 GMT

    i think its totally wrong to drop mukhand bcz some bigger name is coming who hasn't played for three months,i bet he will not even make fifty in any innings.and India will face lot of difficulties with the current bowlers,they should have had irfan back,with his bowling and good lower order batting

  • worldchampionsx3 on August 10, 2011, 1:58 GMT

    The best part about this Indian team is it ability to bounce back. That's how they won the Twenty20 World cup, and won many series. I hope they repeat history and retain their number one spot. But in the Spirit of the Game, may the side that plays the better cricket win.

  • phermon on August 10, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    Why would you not field five bowlers - so Finn for Bopara? Seems the aggressive way to go. And demonstrate a high level of confidence.

  • srikumar_radha on August 10, 2011, 1:45 GMT

    Play 5 bowlers......Play 5 bowlers.......Play 5 bowlers or we will repent!

  • on August 10, 2011, 1:34 GMT

    Hello Everybody! It would be quite a very hard battle for two teams; one which is striving hard to hold on to the No.1 spot in tests and the other which is really desperate to snatch it. But the point i make is that by now how many No. 1 teams have performed well in series away from home. In recent times The Aussie domination and even The Indian uprising were the most significant. Thus they were the truly deserving ones to get the top spot. When we talk of huge series wins we forget the importance of winning overseas.Every team may be India , Sri Lanka, South Africa, Australia or England is almost invincible at home. Suppose India loses this series and England becomes No. 1. But when they tour Sri Lanka it would be very difficult for them to maintain their spot. For India i would say if they believe they are the No. 1 then better they prove it on the field in spite of all difficulties. But the bottom line is we should start rating a team on the basis of performance overseas. Good Day!

  • binojpeter on August 10, 2011, 1:30 GMT

    I don't really care about ranking. What I as an Indian fan care is how can be develop a pool of batsmen and bowlers good enough for tests in the future. As far as domestic performance goes, I don't find any new seam bowler who is highly promising. But if we can find some way to rotate a pool of fast bowlers effectively like Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar, Sreesanth, Munaf Patel, RP Singh and Irfan Pathan (especially later two in seaming conditions) so that all get equal opportunities in tests, hopefully we can develop an effective bunch. Also in middle order Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Badrinath and Ajinkya Rahane should also be tried. In opening, Mukund and Wasim Jaffer should also be given opportunities in between. It doesn't matter where we stand, key is playing well wherever we are. I supported Indian team when they were No:5 in 1990s. I don't mind if they go down. Only thing that I care is BCCI considers Test cricket a priority.

  • 123papafrita on August 10, 2011, 1:30 GMT

    huh.. england might be number 1 in the world but they will never be remembered for their greatness... the west indies was remembered becuase of the ir great bowlers, all those paceman and australia was remembered because of gilly and warne and all the othr great llegends... but india was never good engough.. if india would vs either those two teams, west ndies from 40 years ago or thea aussies from 8 years ago they would loose bad.. as so would england... but i predict that england will win.. they certainly will be number one but not a team that will be remembered over time as a great team.. as austraia and west indies were... :D

  • only_sehwag on August 10, 2011, 1:15 GMT

    only sehwag !!! only sehwag !!!

  • on August 10, 2011, 1:06 GMT

    Dhoni is only best in Indian Pitch and wants all chennai super king player.Pujara was good Aus Test match but he did not picked.Beause RP singh is good in oiling not pujara.Rohit shrama is a good player not picked up by dhoni.

  • on August 9, 2011, 23:25 GMT

    to save the top spot in the test ranking Indians have to play the game, not only play the have to win the game, for that some players have to perform well including Ms dhoni. TEST WILL BE BEST FOR NEXT FIVE DAYS..........

  • on August 9, 2011, 23:21 GMT

    If India is going to strike now is the time. Trott is a huge loss for Eng, the outstanding form of Cook, Trott and Bell over the last year or two has hidden the recent frality of Strauss (a fine batsman but out of form), Pietersen (I know he just hit a double ton but one swallow doesnt make a summer) and Morgan (struggle to understand why he is still in the team.) Bopara has a solid first-class record but hasn't taken his chances for Eng and the international scene seems a step to far for him. Granted, he has 3 test centuries in 15 innings but has only scored about 100runs in his other 12 innings. If India can get Cook and Bell early Dhoni needs to attack all out and put some real pressure on the english batsmen.

  • TeamSelector on August 9, 2011, 23:18 GMT

    This is India's best chance to stop a rampant England, with the reliable Trott out & a suspect Morgan & Bopara batting @ 5 & 6. I think it would be a waste of time to play Raina. He is a walking 'Test' wicket. I would rather play Mukund instead of Raina, but have him bat @#3. VVS @ #6 will add considerable depth to this batting line-up ... Mishra is a must & I would definitely play RP Singh as he is the only left arm seamer in the squad.Praveen can swing it & Ishant will get it to bounce.

    1-Sehwag, 2-Gambhir, 3-Mukund, 4-Dravid, 5-Tendulkar, 6-Laxman, 7-Dhoni, 8-Mishra, 9-Praveen, 10-Ishant, 11-RP Singh.

  • on August 9, 2011, 22:46 GMT

    Why not play Mukund in the middle order? He scored a century in the warm up game. He got out to a brute of a ball and plays the bouncer better than Raina (have yet to see Kohli).

  • krici_lover on August 9, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    @Pom_Don No one is denying that England is playing well and India is not playing to their potential or no 1 position of England will not be valid, which they have almost achieved. My only point is it is a game, where you loose some and win some. I never believed that India is the greatest team in the world even before this series. They were winning so they reached to the position and now they are not playing well so they are reasonably going down. But this series win does not make England also a greatest side, because reaching to top is easy while maintaining that is very-2 difficult.

  • Aane_do on August 9, 2011, 22:30 GMT

    i always support subcontinent teams. now this is time for india to prove themselves that they are real no 1 and champions i have blind faith on pakistan and india's abilities.trust me both of these teams are quiet dangerous sides of the world.i would love to see india win against english team.go india go... we pakistanis are with you infact we are yours and you are ours we are the same... indian team is far better than english team if you keep fact and figures in front of you.you will see sachin's hundredth hundred in this test u will see sehwag's smashing boundries.u will see dravid's stay on the pitch.u will see laxman's class.and u will see dhoni's leadership in reaming two tests and rest of the series..we are the best but not west...:)

  • pom_don on August 9, 2011, 21:51 GMT

    The same Indian fans that said they were going to trounce us 4...0 are now saying that if we win that our no1 spot will then not be valid, lets face it so far India has not performed at all well in this series & as they hold the no1 position they should have, basically if you don't play well you lose & if you lose you go down the rankings....end of story really, I really don't care about the rankings I just enjoy watching England win matches & win them by a huge margin!

  • kranthiedla on August 9, 2011, 21:28 GMT

    India need to perform as a team, only then they can claim they are 'Number One'. How many years do you expect Dravid, Sachin & Laxman to perform, what about the remaining 8 players? Dhoni has not shown any sign of good batsman so far in the tour, so is Raina. If they pick up, the tables will turn. India cannot rely on the bowling attack as it's not their strength, but need minimal support which they are giving to some extent. So, a traditional Indian batting can save them the series and as well as the No.1 crown.

  • krici_lover on August 9, 2011, 21:23 GMT

    Thank GOD, ICC ranking are not decided based on one or two series or voting. If that were to happen then many non-indian crickets fans would have put India on no 10. I can imagine how frustrated and helpless these cricket Fans from would be feeling when Indian team was on the rise and got on to the top position of Test and definitely winning the world cup would have added insult to their injuries. Now finally they got just one opportunity, all are very happy and venting out all their frustrations. That too when teams like England have never won any series in India in last decade and SL has not even won a test match. To all English fans, who have lost senses on this series victory my only message is just remember Ashes 2005 and following Ashes in Australia. Remember India has been no 1 for last 2 years and in this period have one ODI WC also. So first be no 1 for 2 years from now and win WC 2015 only then claim to be best team.

  • Nampally on August 9, 2011, 21:11 GMT

    England, despite their run of successes,are not as good as shown by results of first 2 Tests. If only the Indian team played 4 county matches before the test series the results would have been totally different even with injuries to the key Indian players.If the powerful Indian batting rises to its full potential, England are aiming at a total of over 450. The pacemen cannot bowl for long spells and a total of 450 will really tire them out. On the other hand if there is any spin in the wicket, Mishra can cause serious problems to the England team who are most vulnerable against good leg spinners. So essentially, if Sehwag & Gambhir can give India a good start, much against the expectations of British fans ( many have already written them off), then the game is ON. Sehwag should survive the opening overs.His" will" to play at one end is crucial & he needs to commit to it. Much against media expectations, this test results are wide open. An Indian victory will keep the series alive.

  • ms_cricketer on August 9, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    indian fans rant under some false illusions and hopes which are completely unrealistic and improbable. You can't base a team on stats and potential, but on performance. I don't care if tendulkar and sehwag have great averages and and lots of runs, sehwag is human and will take time to get back into form, and tendulkar is nervous for his hundredth hundred. I would count more on a consistent and long batting line up then one filled with a few legends. As for bowling, I don't see much difference in england and india's then experience and a bit of pace. English bowlers are exceptional at home, and India lacks a a bowler whos experienced english conditions. If england continue play as they have, not even a in form indian team can stop them. I only see india winning, if they play very good, and england succumb under pressure of the number one ranking and play badly.

  • chiragbhagat on August 9, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    Can India draw the series with 2-2 from this point onwards? If so, nothing like it. I will keep dreaming and keep my hopes alive...

  • on August 9, 2011, 20:47 GMT

    England all the way! Sehwag is gonna prove worthless in seaming conditions, i agree he's a great batsman but right now he's heavily under pressure to lift the team plus he's good to play on flat pitches of India, not in England where a lot of batsmen cant put their heads straight. Everybody is saying Eng is successful only because Zaheer is injured, do you really think he would take all the wickets alone? Why are you so dependent of one bowler who also gets injured every now n then! Lack of alternatives is driving your team down the hill! Eng this test series is yours!England all the way! Sehwag is gonna prove worthless in seaming conditions, i agree he's a great batsman but right now he's heavily under pressure to lift the team plus he's good to play on flat pitches of India, not in England where a lot of batsmen cant put their heads straight. Everybody is saying Eng is successful only because Zaheer is injured, do you really think he would take all the wickets alone? Why are you so d

  • Nampally on August 9, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    Indian hopes largely depend upon the 3 changes they made- Sehwag, Gambhir & Mishra. While the openers are returning from their injuries and bit short of practice, much is expected from them giving India a good start. If they manage to put on a 50 run opening stand, then Indian middle order has a good chance to show up with some good performance. Dhoni & Raina have to raise their batting several notches. These 2 have been playing regular cricket and did well in WI test series. In bowling Mishra bowled very well in the ODI's in WI but unjustly dropped in tests in favour of Harbhajan. Now Harbhajan's injury chances Mishra to provide leg spin/googlies. Can Mishra weave his magic on England batting - weak against his type of bowling - to make a difference?Raina might fit into some off spin bowling. However the brunt of attack will be shouldered by 3 Seamers. They need to produce their best to restrict England's total.It is a "must Win" situation for India. Can they rise & show their calibre

  • Herath-UK on August 9, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    England will be celebrating at the end of the match having acheived its treasured goal of becoming the official No. one team.This Indian team has been so disappointing making one to wonder how on earth they can claim to be current best team,a poor reflection of the whole process.That's why a tournament like WC is necessary to find the top team at a given time;accumulating points from bilateral series over four/five years as it now finds at the end an old team where its stars all like a spent coin.Sri Lanka had its share with Murali,Vass and Jayasuriya etc losing their prime and leaving the scene during the period.Gem of innings we saw from Sachin,Luxsman, Sehwag etc during Aus tour etc seem something in the distant past and this is a flagging team. Ranil Herath -Kent

  • on August 9, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    Would play Kohli instead of Raina, risky but could pay off..

  • johnathonjosephs on August 9, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    I hate to say it but I don't think Sehwag can do good in these swinging conditions. To play shots, you need to middle the ball, even Dravid who is the most technical correct person did not middle the ball many times when he was DEFENDING, how can Sehag do so when he's playing a shot?

  • dchsdgvchdgck on August 9, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    I HOPE THAT THEY DO EVEN THOUGH I THINK IT WAS A MISTAKE FOR SACHIN , ZAHEER AND GAMBAIR TO NOT TOUR THE WEST INDIES REMEMBER THE WI WAS THE LAST TEAM TO BEAT ENGLAND IN A TEST SERIES.

  • subbass on August 9, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    Got to fancy the draw in this one, plenty of rain forecast on all the days, but if there is to be a result I'll take England all day long. Viru won't cause us any problems, flat track bully, can't play the moving ball. If Dravid has a quiet game then India have no chance. C'mon team England go 3-0 up, then finish them off at the oval, show em who is the best cricket team on the planet !

  • on August 9, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    I don't think this test is going to wind-up starting tomorrow.

  • CandidIndian on August 9, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    England are favorites and they are one step away from getting no 1 crown.With the poor show so far not many are expecting India to do well ,however they may surprise everyone as they are capable for it.All the best to team India.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on August 9, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    @justcricket9me, ENG is is in good harmony now and India is bad form. I agree India played badly but I don't think WI tour has any effect on this. In fact ENG was under pressure initially. Before the start of this series ENG players (ex and current) and coach gave many statements to overcome that pressure. ENG has the habit of putting psychological pressure to put India's confidence down. Even in WC they tried similarly. ENG gained confidence in this series only because Zaheer was injured and slowly after other players got injured they started behaving like they conquered whole World. I just don't appreciate a country who depends on ill approach like mind-games because that will spoil the good relations.

  • Alexk400 on August 9, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    if i am India , I will play 4 fast bowlers. I am saying this from first test onwards. No one is listening. Mishra gets tired in TEST because his fingers are small and don't have any revolutions. Ojha is more economy bowler. Can't drop sreesanth. We need also left hander. So ideal is Play 4fast bowlers. Also mukund should come in place of raina , reason that if we survive 8 overs and middle order there , we won't get bundled out. Also bowlers must learn to bat long time and not throw their wickets away cheaply. It is ok if we have 500 runs on board. Time to tell / teach tailenders fight and how to evade short ball and bouncers and yorkers. India can draw the game if lower middle order show some backbone. India can't do same style they do india with one spinner. My guess is england is going with 4 fast bowlers. India to be back on the game if sehwag survive first 30 minutes.

  • on August 9, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    I hope India does well in this test. I really want them to win.. As a supporter, i have to support my team in the tough times but without a doubt England dominated India in every aspect of the game in this series

  • on August 9, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    Looking forward for this wonderful contest between two top test teams in the world. I hope Sachin will celebrate his 100th century in this particular game. He is the key player and he has to make some extra effort to give his team a chance to come back in the series. Well, Strauss will not be in stress. They won two games and can't lose the series now. On the other hand, Indians will be feeling pressure right from the beginning. Winning chances; i will rate India 45% and English team 55%. Lets see. Can't wait anymore. Bring it on !

  • shamlaatu on August 9, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    Batting first in the first innings is a jolter. England has managed to do fairly good on the first occasion and were ripped thru on the second occasion. Averages may catch up and England may win the toss to put India in. I think that will be a REAL test to an already poor indian batting line partially beefed up by Sehwag. A real test for Viru who I think will operate on 70% rate of failure IF rain allows to play.

  • Qdzy on August 9, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    With the way India is playing, they no longer deserve the number 1 spot.

  • Haleos on August 9, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer - ENgland played against Pakistan too which are nething but highly ranked

  • on August 9, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    There are a billion people in India, many of them highly intelligent. Surely some of them have got something interesting to say. However, all I ever see in response the cricinfo posts are comments akin to those expected of English football fans. Surely cricket fans can do better?

  • _MiddleStump_ on August 9, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    A little surprised that Sri Lanka did so much better in England just a few months ago than India is doing... if not for a fluke session where SL was all out for 80 odd... that would of been a tied series

    All things being equal (games not played in India) they are probably 4 or 5th best team in the word... Without Zaheer Khan that bowling attack is a joke... at best a county level attack

    Go England!

  • SnowSnake on August 9, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    I think England will get the top spot. All India should do is try to save its face. Despite England wins though England #1 will be as weak as India #1. The top spot will continue to be volatile for next few years.

  • kevinpp24 on August 9, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    Why you Indian fans are so foolish in thinking? Whatever the ability of a part-timer bowler the opposition gonna thrash them whenever they want. It doesn't matter if play spin well or not they will thrash them. Do you think Bopara and Trott can run through Indian team I bet England wont look it that way. You always want to have wicket takers in your team thats how you win a test match. Even if they have a 5wic haul dont consider them still. If you still want that extra bowling option better get a 6-5 combo. So for gods sake stop saying raina, sehwag, sachin will take care of spin department.

  • DazTaylor on August 9, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    @Surendar Panchaksharam. What planet are you on? "england play very poor cricket"<-- Are you being serious?!?! England have won 5 of their last 10 tests, 4 of those by an innings, lost just once and would of won more but for the weather. They score at over 3.5 runs per over, sometimes over 4 for prolonged periods, they bat down to number 11, they have variety in their bowling and they are exciting to watch. I am sick and tired of the constant nonsense being uttered by these so called Indian fans. Get a grip - you come across as spoilt brats who know nothing about the game.

  • ashu.lifeisbeautiful on August 9, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    Point to ponder: 1. Do we gamble with Shewag ? 2. Shouldn't Mukund be playing ? after all he he in some sort of form, he got a 100. 3. Can Raina be ignored and Shewag/Gambhir/Mukund make it to the final 11 4. Does India have the guts to play 5 bowlers ? 5. Amit Mishra... should the leggie make it, I think this is a bigger gamble than Shewag ? Look at his figures in both the practice games played, its awful ! 6. Out of the box: How about going with the previous test openers: Dravid & Mukund (atleast they both have scored hundered, even though Mukund one came in a practise match)

    Hey India.... go for it, Luck favors the Brave !

  • on August 9, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    4 pace and 1 spin attack is good.......................................... RP Singh, Ishant, Praveen,Sreesanth and Amit mishra

  • on August 9, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    Team India will do their best! Still love them win or lose...by winning the world cup .. u did everything for us. England will never win world cup. There are better chances of Pakistan winning it before England...lol England only good in England,... outside of England they get trashed by Ireland.. Bangladesh as welll... lol Anyways Good Luck Team India.

  • on August 9, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    this is proably the best england team ever............. this is proably the best england team ever.............

  • VishalPathak on August 9, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    Why everyone is after Team India.. they are not performing, they lack fire power, they do not have bowlers to take 20 wickets... and the list is endless. I know just one thing- India has lost because there is no Anil Kumble. This does not mean that India should expect Gavasakar to open the innings, but India has always relied on spin to take major chunk of wickets. Spinners have not performed well, pace was never India's cup of tea. All said and done, I still believe that India's bowling will remain as it is... batting has been mainstay and had always covered up for our poor bowling. India batting will have to perform well. I do not deny India can level 2-2. Wait and watch, Sehwag wont mercy any bowler, Sachin hundred is due, you never. Beware England, God Bless All :)

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on August 9, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    England are the better team of course, it's 2-0. If India finally lose the toss England will stick India into bat knowing that they've got the far superior bowling attack with the world's best pace bowlers and world no.1 spin bowler in Swann.

  • cricketing_expert on August 9, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    laxman is d key..i thing he will score hundreds in bth d innings

  • sahilmalhan11 on August 9, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    cmon India answer back 2 vaughan nasser Botham and swann with a bang.... Go India Go

  • Invincibless on August 9, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    @ Bala, waah waah waah very nice comment... definetly India will bounce back... English side will not be able to take away no 1 position... their top order is not in form except 2 centuries from Bell and Peterson.... once India learn to crack their lower order India will be in good position to defeat them... series will be a draw 2-2......

  • on August 9, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    I personally think dhoni should either give up captaincy to gambhir or bring in that old aggressive msd we all loved... Bcoz the current dhoni who hangs for 28 balls to get 8 runs is just s.ganguly in 2005... Pull up ur sleeves and show ur brute force... Fortune favours the brave

  • RGee on August 9, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    we were #1 until Duncam Fletcher came on board...........if we lose our #1 rating by losing the third test........FIRE DUNCAN. I think Stephen Fleming would have been a much better coach.

  • Libranstar on August 9, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    AsherCA....Your suggestion to keep Rahul Dravid away from slips baffled me. He is no doubt one of the best slip fielders in world cricket even today..Doesn't record speak for itself? Besides, he isn't getting any younger and asking him to field anywhere else other than slips is not the best idea anyways. We all know he is not nimble footed but sure has the safest pair of hands, uncanny concentration, anticipation and reflexes to be a good slip catcher..

  • voma on August 9, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    Well it would be good if India actually gave a proper effort !. Sri Lanka was definetly a harder team to beat , its just a shame the weather ruined that series . India have been absolutely rubbish so far , apart from Rahul Dravid . The rest should hang there heads in shame .

  • SDHM on August 9, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    @ Sunil - I still don't understand this idea running around that England are weak against leg spin. They were weak against Warne, but he only happened to be one of the greatest bowlers of all time. Kumble averaged over 40 runs per wicket in England and Kaneria was thrashed out of test cricket last year. Mishra, although a decent bowler, is not the answer to India's bowling woes (watch him run up 7-20 now!)

  • on August 9, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    India shld play mukund instead of raina and kholi...

  • on August 9, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    needed four pacers no spin man is biggest factor first all day need pragyan ojha if spin is added coz england have problm against left handers so itz all nedded to india is dhoni s luck best of luck india history awaiting us

  • on August 9, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    I think india have to bringin rai barely express rp singh in place of volatile sreesanth.They have to open with rp and praveen.It is evident that in the first two matches indian bowlers were inconsistent.They bowled well only in patches. I feel that england opening batsmen were vulnureble to left arm swing bowlers, their lower order vulnerable to leg spin and their middle order susceptible to right hand inswing bowlers.Thus they have to take amit mishra instead of 4th seamer.As the pitch at edgbaston favours spin at great extent after two days they also have bowling options in sehwag n raina. India will have to bat first if they win the toss.They have to cross the mark of 300 first which they haven't reached yet in the past 4 innings.For that india desperately needs the hand of the top order badly.Having both viru n gauti as openers will be a huge advantage for india at edgbaston.hope team india will reclaim their lost legacy.go india.all the best.

  • on August 9, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    i think mukund shall be included inplace of raina

  • rahulcricket007 on August 9, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    do your best team india. you have the potential to beat this english side . cmonnnnnnnn ..... india.......aaaaaaaaa........

  • SriSanka on August 9, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    Go India go...???...That means India is going to loose the No 1 spot which they don't deserve to be at all..

  • s.arif47 on August 9, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    I think India will draw this test and it will win at The Oval and retain no.1 position

  • ReverseSweepIndia on August 9, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    I think India lost the plot in WI tour. That not going for 90 odd runs in 15 overs gave more than just the match. That made Eng thinks 1) that this India is afraid of losing, not a trait of #1 team 2) lowering the confidence in its own ability. That wicket was difficult to score but not difficult to survive. Giving the chase all of its own would have given a strong signal but alas....

  • on August 9, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    hahahahah .... India will win .... Yes for Sure...!!!

    If and only if England plays like they played in 1990's.....

    Dont forget my prediction .... 3 - Nil

  • on August 9, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    fans r not those who support their team when it keeps winning, but those who still believe the team even it's havin a losing streak.. I believe that TEAM INDIA WILL BOUNCE BACK !!

  • on August 9, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    I hope India comes back strongly and performs better than the previous tests. I want an encounter, a tussle and real Test Match that justifies 5days of Cricket. I still believe that Dhoni is the weakest Link in the Team as a Batsman and WK. England should play 4 fast bowlers. Just the announcement will send tremors in Mumbai.

  • kumble66 on August 9, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    Are we forgetting how many wickets sewhag took agaisnt sri lanka. Him and Mishra together will rip through the british!!!

  • Alexk400 on August 9, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    India has to be lucky to even DRAW the game. Sehwag won't change a thing as much as sehwag fans expect. Indian bowlers is the key. if they can restrict englad to less than 350 in first inning will be a good start.

  • kumble66 on August 9, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    Finally mishra will get his chance and I'm sure he will crush the english batsmen. The English are not good players of spin but a bowler like harbhajan couldn't exploit that. If india wins the toss i want to see tem bat first, its really hard to chase and be under pressure!! Despite sree's wickets i think he's a very loose bowler and when he starts getting hit he gets frustrated and bowld bad bowls and no balls. R.P singh crushed England last time i would like to see him instead of sree!!

  • subbass on August 9, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    Well, anyone expecting a result in this match will possibly be disappointed. When it rains at Edgbaston, it really rains, I suspect we could be seeing the 1st draw of the series. That been said if there is to be a winner it is likely to be England, 3-0 England or a draw is what I feel will be the end result(s). India have got no chance.

  • landl47 on August 9, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    RP Singh hasn't played cricket for three months and will still be suffering from jet lag. He won't play. I'm sure India will want to win the toss again and send England in again. That's the only thing that has kept the games as close as they have been up to now. If India had batted first at Lord's or Trent Bridge, they'd have lost by an innings. Maybe Sehwag will fire, but if he gets one that nips back in the first few overs..... This is cricket, anything can happen, but it's hard to see India getting England out twice unless the wicket is really spiteful and if it is, India will be bowled out for less than England- although maybe, unlike Trent Bridge, they might not be bowled out for less than one of England's players. I hope it's a good game.

  • zico123 on August 9, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    India should play Sehwag, Gambhir and Abhinav mukund too, they can drop Raina, he is a exceptional talent for ODI and T20 but not for test cricket. where is Pujara? is he not fit yet? no doubt he is future of india's test cricket. Kohli and Rohit has to get more series about Test cricket rather than IPL or CL, if they want to fill in big boots of Dravid and Tendulkar eventually.

  • on August 9, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    india want to add rp singh in 3 rd test match which was replaced by zaheer khan because he has some experience about english condition

    the team shold be like that 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Rahul Dravid, 4 Sachin Tendulkar, 5 VVS Laxman, 6 Suresh Raina, 7 MS Dhoni (c) (wk), 8 Amit Mishra, 9 Praveen Kumar, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 RP Singh

  • Wiper_Warriors on August 9, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    India will win this test match as they did in perth against Australia..Whether Sehwag will score runs or not his presense will boost india moral and bring aggressiveness in team batting.

  • on August 9, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    i still think that india can come back strongly if they play to their full potential. . . . N england play very poor cricket.... come on INDIA..!!!!!!

  • on August 9, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    India should Play sreesanth,and amit mishra....

  • CricketingStargazer on August 9, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    The recent form is interesting: England W3 D2; India W1 D2 L2 and seemingly on a declining curve. Even if all of England's recent matches have been at home, they have been against highly ranked opposition. Over the last 15 months, England are P16, W11, D3, L2 and India P15, W6, D5, L4.

  • mensan on August 9, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    I expect better performance from India this time around. Tendulkar's 100th 100 is putting strain on him. He is not able to perform well due to this pressure.

  • on August 9, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    india does't looks like No.1 team and lack of confidence

  • AsherCA on August 9, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    I am not sure if I would chance Sree Santh, though he was once one of my favorite bowlers. He seems to have lost his magic. I would opt for Munaf / RP. ...and keep Dravid away from the slips. The Indian bowling is not god's gift to mankind, we cannot afford butterfingers there.

  • 2011Wc on August 9, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    Good luck india.. V ll this test for sure..

  • zico123 on August 9, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    it is high time Zaheer quit all forms of T20 including likes of IPL and CL, if he has to prolong his international career, he should concentrate only on Test and ODIs, anyway as a aging fast bowler he would find increasily difficult to cope with T20s, no doubt he is a much better Test bowler than T20 bowler, it will be a big big mistake if Zaheer decides to quit test cricket some day to prolong his ODI and T20 career.

  • Vivekn on August 9, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    Go India Go..Its time to show the worl that we will remain no.1....

  • on August 9, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    Is Virendra Sehwag really deaf????? i cant believe

  • on August 9, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    Dhoni praying to god that "common god do something to make the riots go worst, so i can shamefully go back to India, without loosing fake No.1 team tag" what a pure shame!

  • nirajtaneja on August 9, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    GO INDIA GO, THIS IS THE TIME WHERE TEAM INDIA CAN PROVE THEMSELVES AS NUMBER 1 TEST TEAM IN THE WORLD, AS THE HISTORY SAYS INDIA NEVER WON ANY TEST IN EDGBASTON , BUT AT THE SAME TIME THIS TEAM HAS THE ABILITY TO CHANGE HISTORY. BEING A CRICKET FAN I WILL RECOMMEND TO PICK UP VIRAT KOHLI INSTEAD OF RAINA AND RP SINGH INSTEAD OF ISHANT/SREESANTH. VIRAT HAS PROVEN HIMSELF AS A MATCH WINNING PLAYER AT CRUCIAL TIMES AND THE SAME RP SINGH HAS ALSO BEEN BLESSED WITH THE SAME ABILITY. WELL I WISH GOOD LUCK TO TEAM INDIA FOR THERE THIRD AND FOURTH TEST TO PLAY AT THEIR BEST AND RETAIN NO.1 TEST RANKING. MY PLAYING ELEVEN INCLUDES : SEHWAG , GAMBHIR, DRAVID, TENDULKAR, LAXMAN, KOHLI, DHONI, MISHRA,PRAVEEN , SREESANTH , RP SINGH

  • on August 9, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    India are not gonna lose this game.

  • on August 9, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    Come on India!come on... Come on India!come on...

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  • on August 9, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    Come on India!come on... Come on India!come on...

  • on August 9, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    India are not gonna lose this game.

  • nirajtaneja on August 9, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    GO INDIA GO, THIS IS THE TIME WHERE TEAM INDIA CAN PROVE THEMSELVES AS NUMBER 1 TEST TEAM IN THE WORLD, AS THE HISTORY SAYS INDIA NEVER WON ANY TEST IN EDGBASTON , BUT AT THE SAME TIME THIS TEAM HAS THE ABILITY TO CHANGE HISTORY. BEING A CRICKET FAN I WILL RECOMMEND TO PICK UP VIRAT KOHLI INSTEAD OF RAINA AND RP SINGH INSTEAD OF ISHANT/SREESANTH. VIRAT HAS PROVEN HIMSELF AS A MATCH WINNING PLAYER AT CRUCIAL TIMES AND THE SAME RP SINGH HAS ALSO BEEN BLESSED WITH THE SAME ABILITY. WELL I WISH GOOD LUCK TO TEAM INDIA FOR THERE THIRD AND FOURTH TEST TO PLAY AT THEIR BEST AND RETAIN NO.1 TEST RANKING. MY PLAYING ELEVEN INCLUDES : SEHWAG , GAMBHIR, DRAVID, TENDULKAR, LAXMAN, KOHLI, DHONI, MISHRA,PRAVEEN , SREESANTH , RP SINGH

  • on August 9, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    Dhoni praying to god that "common god do something to make the riots go worst, so i can shamefully go back to India, without loosing fake No.1 team tag" what a pure shame!

  • on August 9, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    Is Virendra Sehwag really deaf????? i cant believe

  • Vivekn on August 9, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    Go India Go..Its time to show the worl that we will remain no.1....

  • zico123 on August 9, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    it is high time Zaheer quit all forms of T20 including likes of IPL and CL, if he has to prolong his international career, he should concentrate only on Test and ODIs, anyway as a aging fast bowler he would find increasily difficult to cope with T20s, no doubt he is a much better Test bowler than T20 bowler, it will be a big big mistake if Zaheer decides to quit test cricket some day to prolong his ODI and T20 career.

  • 2011Wc on August 9, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    Good luck india.. V ll this test for sure..

  • AsherCA on August 9, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    I am not sure if I would chance Sree Santh, though he was once one of my favorite bowlers. He seems to have lost his magic. I would opt for Munaf / RP. ...and keep Dravid away from the slips. The Indian bowling is not god's gift to mankind, we cannot afford butterfingers there.

  • on August 9, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    india does't looks like No.1 team and lack of confidence