England v India, 4th npower Test, The Oval August 17, 2011

England hunt whitewash, India need pride

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Match Facts

August 18-22, The Oval
Start time 11.00 (1000GMT)

The Big Picture

England celebrated reaching No. 1 in the world with a good night in Birmingham on Sunday but it was soon back to the day job and, four days later, they already face the first test of their new status. The 'dead rubber syndrome' is always a risk when a team has scaled such heights to secure a major goal and Andrew Strauss will be desperate that nothing takes the gloss off the achievements of the last month.

In truth it will take a lot to remove the after-glow of three commanding performances, but this England team are never satisfied. They'll see this final Test at The Oval as a chance to lay down another marker with a show of hunger and desire. Even the great Australian sides under Mark Taylor and Steve Waugh had issues with keeping intensity high when a series was decided. England benefited with a number of one-off Test victories and won't want to offer India a similar opportunity.

It's difficult to see India bouncing back to save face over the next five days. They have been so far off the pace that this is a series they'll want to consign to history as quickly as possible. That, though, will be easier said than done with the fall-out well under way back at home and serious questions being asked of the team. Some of those questions are more sensible than others, but a number of players will be heading back with damaged reputations.

The much-vaunted batting line-up have one more chance to live up to their billing having not reached 300 in the series. The wait goes on for Sachin Tendulkar's 100th hundred, while Gautam Gambhir has disappointed and VVS Laxman hasn't made the most of some decent form. Then there's the challenge of taking 20 wickets. The pace bowlers have all had their moments but, collectively, have not been able to sustain pressure on England.

Praveen Kumar has been a tireless workhorse and Ishant Sharma has kept running in, but they have suffered from not having an economical spinner to tie up an end. If Oval history is anything to go by they could be in for more hard toil.

Form guide

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Watch out for...

It's been a mark of how dominant England's quick bowlers have been that Graeme Swann has been able to get away with his least productive Test series. He bowled nicely at Lord's but conditions haven't been in his favour and he struggled after being hit on the left hand at Trent Bridge, and it would complete the series perfectly if he could play a key role here. It would also quieten talk that he has a weakness against batsmen who attack him - like Mike Hussey did during the Ashes - and with a winter of cricket in the Middle East and subcontinent England will want their premier spinner at the top of his game again.

Sachin Tendulkar has been given a standing ovation every time he has walked to the crease and on most occasions when he's walked back. The problem has been that on none of those occasions as he had a hundred to his name. Even taking into account Tendulkar's lack of match practice before this series - not so much preparation time as he spent hours training at Lord's - and the strength of England's attack a top-score of 56 is still a major surprise. Credit for that goes mainly to the bowlers, especially James Anderson and Stuart Broad, but as India crumbled in the second innings at Edgbaston Tendulkar eased to 40 before being run-out backing up. The series needs a Tendulkar special.

Team news

With Jonathan Trott and Chris Tremlett again ruled out the only question mark surrounds James Anderson's fitness. He came through a net session on Wednesday and the talk was positive from the England camp. Steven Finn and Graham Onions remain on standby should he be ruled out. Ravi Bopara, meanwhile, keeps his spot at No. 6 but pressure is growing on him to secure a place on the winter tour.

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

Praveen Kumar took a nasty blow on the thumb at Edgbaston and India were unsure about his fitness during training on Wednesday although he bowled a lengthy spell. RP Singh, who impressed on the 2007 tour, could come into the line-up, and he might play even if Praveen is fit with Sreesanth under pressure. A twin-spin attack including Pragyan Ojha is an outside chance, but Ojha could also pressure Amit Mishra. Meanwhile, Suresh Raina has been sorted out by the England bowlers but may retain his place ahead of Virat Kohli.

India (possible) 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/RP Singh, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Sreesanth

Pitch and conditions

A typical Oval pitch is expected (not the crumbling-type surface produced for the 2009 Ashes) which should mean a chance for the batsmen to dominate, something only England's have done so far in this series. There is a chance of some rain on Thursday but the weather is due to clear up after that until a chance of showers later in the weekend.

Stats and trivia

  • Sachin Tendulkar is in danger of enduring one of the worst series in his career. Currently, his average of 26.50 is his fourth lowest in series of three or more Tests.

  • Even if England win this Test and take the series 4-0 they will lose their No. 1 ranking if South Africa win all their five Tests against Australia and Sri Lanka before Christmas

  • Tim Bresnan is aiming to make it 10 Test victories from 10 matches played

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Quotes

"We're desperate to finish the summer on a high. The work ethic over the last couple of days has been good and encouraging and I'd be very disappointed if we took our foot off the gas."
Andrew Strauss knows that it's hard work that has brought England this far, and will push his team to end the Test series on a triumphant note

"We will stick to our game plan and hopefully it'll reflect in our performance. This is a sport, we go through tough times. It's challenges that make life interesting."
MS Dhoni remains typically philosophical ahead of the final match of what has been a very challenging tour for India

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • 5wombats on August 19, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    @Reuban Xavier;"If England can perform in this same level outside England, then only we can be afraid of this england team.. But I dont think this would happen" AND @Madhu Vamsi;"I agree with you and England has to prove that they are dangerous outside the England. That is yet to happen". What BREATAKINGLY RIDICULOUS COMMENTS! Why don't you two look up the 2010-11 England in Australia (The Ashes) series in cricinfo. Tell you what - I'll save you the effort; it was played in Australia and England were outside of England playing the entire series in Australia. England won THREE Tests by an INNINGS and won the series 3-1. That was in Australia, not in England. So, now that it has been shown that England already have performed to this level outside England and in fact are extremely dangerous outside of England will you please do better research before you make such silly ill-informed comments. It is india that cannot perform outside of home - this current series proves it.

  • dasharathreddy on August 18, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    Indian players please come back to ur champ positions. now england should come to know how champions come back to their positions. Come India.... Jai hind !!

  • on August 18, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    @Mohamed Ayjaz don't post without sense..you cant judge a team just using last series..India had hold its no1 ranking for last 2.5yrs,dont forget it..India will surely bounce back and you will see that...another important thing is,you are the one NOT DESERVED TO TALK ABOUT world champions...

  • cgovind on August 18, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    Why is Ashwin not included in the squad? He has proved his stance in IPL. Also Abhinav has at least attempted a 50 which Gambhir / Raina hasn't. So we should try him again in the final test.

  • MidStump on August 18, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    @Rueben Xavier - In all seriousness, if this is the way that India prepare for a test series, never mind THE test series in which they potentially could (and did) lose their No 1 ranking, then they have no claim to be the No 1 test side in international cricket. I understand how frustrated, angry, blah, blah blah, blah, all the India fans and supporters must be, but everyone must remember that no matter where they played, England have beaten the NO 1 TEAM to get to where they are now. And hats off to the Indian fans who have been positive and applauded the new No 1. They have been gracious in defeat and IMHO, are a credit to India in particular and to the game of cricket in general.

  • on August 18, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    This Indian team is out of focus, nobody in the team is playing serious cricket. This team suffering from success phobia. Its fame and money hard to digest and this is what is getting at them. This team with the current attitude does not deserve the No.1 sport. They won the world cup and think they have achieved everything but if they are not consistent in your performance it is an insult for the WORLD CUP itself. It is the attitude which makes the difference……..

  • on August 18, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    So, INDIA still not able to decide whom to get in. I strongly recommend India to drop Raina for a match and get Kohli in and also go with two spinners as they do lot of time, who knows what happens. Dada did this many times irrespective of pitch conditions. He never took either Anil or Bhaji, now Dhoni should take both as there would be little sigh of relief on both. R P should be played here. He is an outstanding bowler in foreign tours than in India. Drop Sreesanth he is definitely inconsistent. I don't know why they give these many chances. Many players can get in instead of him. Go for Munaf instead of Ishanth or PK. PK is tired now and Ishanth get go for another one he has good pace. Sehwag must fire here, he thrashed hopes of every Indian fan by getting out twice for a duck in the very first ball of last test. Just for an experimentation, why don't Dhoni come up the order. Something new.. Never do it, Dhoni may come as 6 and Raina as 7.

  • dasharathreddy on August 18, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    Indian players please come back to ur champ positions. now england should come to know how champions come back to their positions. Come India.... Jai hind !!

  • dasharathreddy on August 18, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    to my concern.. lets forget abt the past wining... play the game as if your playing to

  • on August 18, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    I feel Mukund should come in place of Raina. Mukund & Gambhir open the innings and drop sehwag to no. 5 or 6 where he likes to play. Mukund is technically better than Sehwag in seeing the new ball in English conditions. Replace sreeshanth or praveen with RP Singh. My playing 11 is, Mukund, Gambhir, Dravid, Sachin, Sehwag, Laxman, Dhoni, Mishra, Praveen, Ishant, RP. All the best India...

  • 5wombats on August 19, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    @Reuban Xavier;"If England can perform in this same level outside England, then only we can be afraid of this england team.. But I dont think this would happen" AND @Madhu Vamsi;"I agree with you and England has to prove that they are dangerous outside the England. That is yet to happen". What BREATAKINGLY RIDICULOUS COMMENTS! Why don't you two look up the 2010-11 England in Australia (The Ashes) series in cricinfo. Tell you what - I'll save you the effort; it was played in Australia and England were outside of England playing the entire series in Australia. England won THREE Tests by an INNINGS and won the series 3-1. That was in Australia, not in England. So, now that it has been shown that England already have performed to this level outside England and in fact are extremely dangerous outside of England will you please do better research before you make such silly ill-informed comments. It is india that cannot perform outside of home - this current series proves it.

  • dasharathreddy on August 18, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    Indian players please come back to ur champ positions. now england should come to know how champions come back to their positions. Come India.... Jai hind !!

  • on August 18, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    @Mohamed Ayjaz don't post without sense..you cant judge a team just using last series..India had hold its no1 ranking for last 2.5yrs,dont forget it..India will surely bounce back and you will see that...another important thing is,you are the one NOT DESERVED TO TALK ABOUT world champions...

  • cgovind on August 18, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    Why is Ashwin not included in the squad? He has proved his stance in IPL. Also Abhinav has at least attempted a 50 which Gambhir / Raina hasn't. So we should try him again in the final test.

  • MidStump on August 18, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    @Rueben Xavier - In all seriousness, if this is the way that India prepare for a test series, never mind THE test series in which they potentially could (and did) lose their No 1 ranking, then they have no claim to be the No 1 test side in international cricket. I understand how frustrated, angry, blah, blah blah, blah, all the India fans and supporters must be, but everyone must remember that no matter where they played, England have beaten the NO 1 TEAM to get to where they are now. And hats off to the Indian fans who have been positive and applauded the new No 1. They have been gracious in defeat and IMHO, are a credit to India in particular and to the game of cricket in general.

  • on August 18, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    This Indian team is out of focus, nobody in the team is playing serious cricket. This team suffering from success phobia. Its fame and money hard to digest and this is what is getting at them. This team with the current attitude does not deserve the No.1 sport. They won the world cup and think they have achieved everything but if they are not consistent in your performance it is an insult for the WORLD CUP itself. It is the attitude which makes the difference……..

  • on August 18, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    So, INDIA still not able to decide whom to get in. I strongly recommend India to drop Raina for a match and get Kohli in and also go with two spinners as they do lot of time, who knows what happens. Dada did this many times irrespective of pitch conditions. He never took either Anil or Bhaji, now Dhoni should take both as there would be little sigh of relief on both. R P should be played here. He is an outstanding bowler in foreign tours than in India. Drop Sreesanth he is definitely inconsistent. I don't know why they give these many chances. Many players can get in instead of him. Go for Munaf instead of Ishanth or PK. PK is tired now and Ishanth get go for another one he has good pace. Sehwag must fire here, he thrashed hopes of every Indian fan by getting out twice for a duck in the very first ball of last test. Just for an experimentation, why don't Dhoni come up the order. Something new.. Never do it, Dhoni may come as 6 and Raina as 7.

  • dasharathreddy on August 18, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    Indian players please come back to ur champ positions. now england should come to know how champions come back to their positions. Come India.... Jai hind !!

  • dasharathreddy on August 18, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    to my concern.. lets forget abt the past wining... play the game as if your playing to

  • on August 18, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    I feel Mukund should come in place of Raina. Mukund & Gambhir open the innings and drop sehwag to no. 5 or 6 where he likes to play. Mukund is technically better than Sehwag in seeing the new ball in English conditions. Replace sreeshanth or praveen with RP Singh. My playing 11 is, Mukund, Gambhir, Dravid, Sachin, Sehwag, Laxman, Dhoni, Mishra, Praveen, Ishant, RP. All the best India...

  • on August 18, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    @Reuban Xavier: I agree with you and England has to prove that they are dangerous outside the England. That is yet to happen, this team can be easily beaten if they have played in Sri Lanka against Mendis. I am not happy with this test ranking system. For suppose if England plays 15 tests in a year and then South africa plays 20 tests in a year and get the number 1 ranking from England, is it fair. Is ICC giving all the teams a fair chance to get that number 1 ranking position.

  • on August 18, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    India should forfeit the final test at the OVAL as there's no point playing such one sided contest.zimbabwe vs bangladesh is far more competitive.

  • mashed_potatoes on August 18, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    @blondblackberry you really are talking utter rubbish. A lot of people say leading india 3-0 is not a feat, but you are forgetting india were ranked no.1 for two whole years. So actually, it's a brilliant effort on our lads part to lead them 3-0 in the series. the worst result for us is winning the series 3-1. that is still pretty impressive, especially since it's against the side that until recently, were the best in the world. we beat the best to become the best

  • on August 18, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    India should make 2 changes, Raina out for Kohli, Sreesanth out for RP Singh.

  • on August 18, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    india will win

    and regain its no.1 position

  • on August 18, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    Come on guys, give Eng the due credit for what they truly deserve.. and have achieved!!! they were prepared, played better cricket and won, Team-India were not prepared, did not play well and lost badly...

    True fans of cricket will feel that there was no contest and all hype created towards the series between No:1 and No:2 just vanished into thin air.. sadly..

  • on August 18, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    India's only chance to gain some respect now is by thrashing England in the ODI series.. I don't think with the form India is in right now, they can do anything in the 4th test also.. Lets hope for the Best... ALL THE BEST TEAM INDIA...

  • ajaypathak on August 18, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    i feel very strange about some former english players, they go beyond imagination now, equaling this side with WI and AUS side and many other things, but they forget the reality is that you have become no.1 team just in this series, play away in SA & in Sub-Continent than we see how this english side performe, dont forget that you are winning in home grounds, home condition, specially preparing pitches, i think that they remain no.1 not more than a big series of india or SA.

  • on August 18, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    remember 2008 when india beat england 1-0 in india.so the conditions are in favour od england.see india will become no.1 they will win ODI series 5-0 and bat aussies in australia too...JUST WATCH OUT YOU ENGLAND FANS..

  • Saravjit on August 18, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    When was India No. 1, India is yet to win a Series in South Africa and Australia in last 79 years , Last Series Won in Lanka was 18 Years Back...............PERIOD

  • RanjitW on August 18, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    White wash is very likely considering the poor form of the whole team in all aspects of the game. Is this the same India that won the world cup! Unbelievable!

  • on August 18, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    INDIA have been and will always expose while playing out of there home, not surprising for me, but well done ENGLANDD , thum's up for ya guys

  • pka1982 on August 18, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    This match will be rained out, so no chance for India to redeem themselves

  • on August 18, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    @anandbv - the way England 'deserve' to be destroyed? India were 'unfortunate'? Are you actually serious? India have been pathetic in this series and have been outplayed by England in every single department.

  • on August 18, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    I dont understand why England is praised too much. England won because Indian played very very badly in this series. Even if India had played against zimbabwe in this condition, they would have probably struggled as India struggled against west Indies too in their previous series. Does it mean that west Indies a great side? Srilanka in their recent tour, played reasonably well against England, and lost only one test. Why this english team could not thrash srilankans too in the same manner? The obvious reason, we are in bad form, without any luck, went with bad preparation with injured players and lost everything. This england team is just above ordinary not excellent....So Indians need not be afraid.If England can perform in this same level outside England, then only we can be afraid of this england team.. But I dont think this would happen..The time will tell the answer...

  • on August 18, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    @RandyOZ - Then why don't the Other Players Scored at-least a decent score or not even they can't stand for 10 overs. You can't expect a man to score 100 on every single match or an innings he play ok ... And most important in this series there is none of the batsman haven't stand for a long time to give partnership. Then how come a new batsman in the crease will play, he will be mentally oscillated. And one more thing boss , he is not a dead rubber .. go back to history and check what this man achieved for Team INDIA and its Victory. Yes i agree the whole team performance in this series is collapsed ... so what ... it will be bore when all the series won by Team India .... because they have already made us proud. And if u ask me i will blame Indian Team Management for this continuous match schedule. And i am asking u, think from ur perspective can u able to play all the Saturday and Sunday in a year. Encourage the Team Boss ...

  • on August 18, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    I would call Indians Home champions instead of World Champions

  • on August 18, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    and why only tests if we talk about rankings.. SriLanka lost first two One dayers at home, then won the third. and they are number 2 position on the ICCOne Day Team Rankings !! Despair !!

  • on August 18, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    its very funny to see the comments by our indian supporters , they are saying "India forget the past and do well now" , as if past was some decades ago, it was just 5 days ago we got thrashed , come back to reality guys, 4-0 on the cards, I am also an indian supporter but i lost my hope , atleast for this series is concerned... lets hope we beat them in ODIs

  • Sukumar_Kantri on August 18, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    India is going to have a good comeback, if all perform well together, This had happened many times before and its now again to prove good for the new No 1 team taste the most wanted defeat...

  • Sukumar_Kantri on August 18, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    I wonder the ppl criticizing india for becoming no1 just by playing well in home conditions. Whats the case of Eng, for last 2 years, they played well at home and only against Aussies in the recent Ashes, apart from that they had nothing went in favor of them outside Eng. India had drew series with SL,SA. Won against mighty aussies 2-0 in 2 test series. What else needed? This one bad series had cost India the top spot, apart from this Ind is far better than Eng in many aspects. Sehwag is a player who can create miracles but not consistent. His natural game is like that only. Sehwag,Dilshan,Afridi are players who can change game one handedly but you cant rely on them for every game. The less experienced indian bowling attack performed in bits and pieces and mainly its the batting failure which caused India to lose the series. I wish India can bounce back and win against No # 1 ranked Eng side and reduce the rating difference.

  • rahulcricket007 on August 18, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    @irfancrazy . mahela was dropped tono.19 because he was not performing good in the series against wi too . while sachinhas only failed in this series . take alook at his performance in the past 15 month. in sa he scored 111 & 146 , again st aus in 2010 he scores 98 , 214 , 56 . against sl in sl in 2010 he scores 109 , 204 , 92 . against sa in 2010 he sores 100 & 106 in two tests . so he had 5 centuries and 2 double centuries in the time period from jan 2010 to august 2011. that 's why his ranking doesn't dropped too much . he was no.1 at the start of eng tour and now he is on no.3 . there is no interference of the board in this matter . have your mahela scored this much runs in the past 1 year .

  • on August 18, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    To the Indian cricket fans. It's good that you remain positive and support your team. But unless your team play to the BEST of their ability... AND England seriously underperform... you ARE going to lose this one too. Whatever happens I just hope it's a closer score this time.

  • Vahini-Sharma on August 18, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    India will hit back hard this time...plz remember the series 2 years back when India toilled England and won the series....its the same....this earth is round...people who are on the top will reach bottom one day...and people who are in the bottom will reach to the top the day after...All the best India...there are millions of people to back you up...!!!!!

  • on August 18, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    18 June 1983, Cricket World Cup, England, India Vs Zimbabwe. Indians tottering at 17 for 5. In comes Kapil Dev wacks the ball all over the ground and makes 175*, finally India win the Match. The current coach of Team India is the captain of that very Zimbabwe team. So we can now think what kind of match Strategy is team India is making at the moment...

  • rahulcricket007 on August 18, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    boycott saying that india will go downhill fast and england will make an era of dominance . mr. boycott , i think u are some of those peoples which don't like india 's success . ok , india is not playing well but it doesn't mean that there time is over . wait 1 year and you will see that india will be ahead of england in test rankings . india will be at no.2 & england will be at no.3 . the real no. 1 team will be south africa . your english team has played most of the test cricket at home turf ( except ashes ) in past 1 year . don't forget in the upcoming days u have to tour sa , sl & india .also pakistan will also give u a tough challenge on flat tracks as they have the bowlers to produce wickets on flat tracks . i can't see that overhyped swann can trouble batsmen on flat tracks .also you said that sa don't have bench strength in bowling . you should know that steyn is only 27 years old ( 3 years younger than anderson ) & morkel is 24 years old .

  • on August 18, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta. I would not worry too much about the ODI's becaouse no one in Engalnd does. The main event is already lost. 4-0 is the only result. I would imagine we will see an Indian side desperate to get home and forget the UK. Hopefully add to that a bouncy pitch and we will really see the fight drain away as the old men duck and try to evade.

  • on August 18, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    Its rather unfortunate moment for Indian cricket and our team need all our understanding and support in their bad times and if we do not who will? will english fans talk high about them? just to say we are solidly behind them not only when they win world cup but also when they are in bad form for a while.

    we do not expect TENDULKAR and LAKSHMAN to lie low for more than 6 innings and in real terms kudos to english bowlers for the pace and length they worked out to beat the trio till date, with dravid to spare of 2 innings.

    I do not expect one batsman going for century with all others failing,but 5 batsmen scoring 5 half centuries. When board can bat well against our bowling just our batters should wake up and start believing in themselves. need to be fearless and execute their shots rather than bogging down to defence for every bowl hurled at them.dhoni already showed it.

    all the best India. win/lose we r with you.

  • heat-seeker on August 18, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    @RandyOz, one thought an Aussie would remember who was Man of the Match (with a double hundred) the last time you played India. I guess you've been trying to erase all the bad memories of the last 12 months!

  • heat-seeker on August 18, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    Let's have a good game. India will have to take heart from previous performances on this ground.

  • on August 18, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    11 Sreesanth --- No need of him .. Better we can replace with RP Singh/Munaf Patel. He is totally favor for England :@

  • dr.thirsty on August 18, 2011, 4:34 GMT

    @RandyOz - Spot on re Tendulkar! We all know how he lives for his stats, which leaves him facing something of a dilemma at the moment. He wants the 100th 100 (and rightly so as it would be a huge achievement), but in pursuing it his career average is falling with every innings. What to do? Go for the 100 or preserve the average? I suggest he retires from test cricket today and then seek the century in one of the meaningless, never-ending ODI games that cricket is pla

  • nikhilbengeri on August 18, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    Well the series is over, the ranking is gone, I wish the Indians jus goes and play their natural, keeping their morale high. I jus wan them to enjoy every moment at Oval, London.

  • me54321 on August 18, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    It really is amazing the amount of sour grapes by a certain section of fans. England, right now are very good, with an exceptional bowling attack. Now is not the time to claim that is not the case. it won't last forever, nothing does. But claiming it's going to last less than a year is just foolish, claiming it's just from winning at home, it's just good luck, and actually England are average is just ignoring what we've all seen over the past 2 years.

  • landl47 on August 18, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    You have to love what blondblackberry said, even if it was completely meaningless. I'm not sure if India is a dead snake, a live venomous snake or the biggest anaconda in the world (anacondas are not venomous, by the way), but I'm betting on England to hit whatever it is. I've seen lots of comments from Indian fans here, but they've all been about the batting. India's problem is that England have scored 474-8, 544 and 710-7 in the three tests. As the series has gone on, the scores have got bigger. India can't win unless they take 20 wickets; in the last game thay got 7. The Oval is usually good for batting, so how do India bowl England out?

  • on August 18, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    I think india have to forget the past 4 weeks of their worst cricket in test matches n concentrate on the future.They have to work hard for the victory at the oval though it is tough n challenging when you were in extremely low in confidence.A win at the oval gives india team the much needed boost required to complete the remaing odi series on a high note. This is the first match for india playing as world no.2 after 21 months n facing the best test team who have beaten them 3-0. I feel india have to bring in rp singh in place of sreesanth.I observed that in the last 3 matches sreesanth was below par n disturbed the economy and confidence of other two pacers praveen n ishanth by leaking runs in plenty.As an indian fan i am waiting for a batting treat from the openers n the big 3.all the best for indian team.

  • blondblackberry on August 18, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    english looks only to hit dead snakes rather than hit live venomous snakes and claim v hit the largest anaconda of the world to become no.1 in sports.

  • anandbv on August 18, 2011, 2:58 GMT

    CMon India...beat Eng the way they deserve tp be beaten...tough times never last but tough ppl do....we are tough and show it to them in this last match. In a game one wins and it was unfortunate that we lost the last 3....no worries folks..go and destroy...love you all

  • on August 18, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    Every one in the world criticized India in the way they reached the No 1 spot. What did England achieved Beating pakistan 3-1 , beating bangladesh, Against Sri Lanka 1-0 every series in there own turf and the only away series win came against Australia. Currently they may be No 1 but not for long. India will retain it soon.

  • Natx on August 18, 2011, 2:35 GMT

    @RandyOZ - LOL. Well said.

  • on August 18, 2011, 2:10 GMT

    well said RandyOZ...he is never a team man and will score a century and take all the limelight

  • on August 18, 2011, 1:15 GMT

    englands bowlers will outpace indias veteran batsmen. there is no strength of youth to compete with the velocity in the indian lineup. they will be bowled out in less than a day once again. can india avoid another innings plus defeat and the tomatos and eggs on their arrival home?

  • Aounali on August 18, 2011, 1:12 GMT

    well, i think this time Virender Sehwag showing his attitude he was no like to play under MS Dhoni.......so they cant be two king in one domes......

  • BeCalmAndSupportEngland on August 18, 2011, 1:07 GMT

    @cric7 : 4-0 will be the final result.yeah yeah thats why england have won first 3 tests.If indian batsman performed then at least they could go for a draw.how can u know that england only stay for 7 months in number 1??? Without icc support england can be number 1 for a decade if they perform like this.after srilankan tour of england mahela dropped from number 5 to number 19 in test batting rankings.But sachin still at number 3 and lost only 30 points.if mahela is a indian then he will stil at number 7 or 8.but match results are not based on this damn ranking process.England proved that they are the best and India proved that they are worst when playing outside of india.

  • on August 18, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    WARNING: Risk Sehwag for a meaningless test, and lose him for the ODIs! His current fitness level strongly indicates that.Is that what the tour selectors want? Like what happened by fielding Zaheer in the 1st test !!

  • mohsin9975 on August 18, 2011, 0:49 GMT

    Dravid has better chance of scoring a ton than sachin even if the oval pitch is flat. Just becoz of the difference in the mindsets of these two

  • on August 18, 2011, 0:17 GMT

    PLEASE ICC TAKE TEST STATUS WAY FROM INDIA AND BANGLADESH. PLEASE. THEY WILL NEVER GET 20 WICKETS SO WHAT IS THE POINT TO KEEP THEM IN TEST. INDIA SHOULD BE KICKED UP FROM TEST AND YES, THEY CAN PLAY ONEDAY & T20. Test cricker level 1 - england,south africa,australia. level 2 - sri lanka, new zealand,pakistan level 3- west indies and zimbabwe.

  • mohsin9975 on August 18, 2011, 0:00 GMT

    Get mukund in place of raina. Sehwag in middle-order. Ojha nd rp for mishra nd shreesanth. Dhoni b aggressive with ojha. No in-out fields from his very first over. Keep kohli out. All know what he did in carribean against weak bowling. Mukund can handle swing nd short balls better than kohli. I wish we had rahane nd pujara in the squad who r better players of short ball

  • likeintcricket on August 17, 2011, 23:29 GMT

    Oval has always been a batting paradise so their is a good chance India can score big and draw this Test match but on the other hand England has a wonderful spinner in Swann who can win this match for England in the fourth inning. Bowling England out twice at the Oval with this awesome batting form is nearly impossible for India and we might see 700+ score again.

  • RandyOZ on August 17, 2011, 23:00 GMT

    I would be very surprised if Tendulkar doesn't perform in the final test because, you know, it's a dead rubber and and easy way too boost your records now that the team doesn't need you.

  • cric7 on August 17, 2011, 22:27 GMT

    I don't think England is a great team. Since India's batsmen let down the team, they look great. If Indians play their game, England won't be looking this good. Moreover, like most predict, England won;t stay for number one more than 7 months. Sachin, Sehwag, Laxman, Dravid, Gambhir all played worse pitches than these, faced better bowlers than the ones in England Team, so Chill Off.

  • on August 17, 2011, 22:17 GMT

    White wash is almost certain. I think England can send some county players instead, because for Indian batsmen it doesn't matter - they simply can't play the bounce. I think even the Indian fast bowlers (I don't know why they call them fast bowlers with that speed) can trouble the Indian batsmen (outside India), this is called funny.

  • Cr1cket_Lover on August 17, 2011, 22:11 GMT

    Match duration will be <= 4 days; England will go to 4-0. We might see a century by India, but England will prevail. I don't see anything India can possibly do to win. The only hope for an Indian victory is a let-down by England of monumental proportions.

    In the unlikely event it goes to a 5 day match, it will be a draw.

    As usual India lived up to their record when quality opposition exists outside the subcontinent.

    They were tigers when the matches don't matter like the WI series, and mice when the matches matter like in England so far. It'll probably be the same in an ODI series. We'll be tigers in the early matches, and minnows in the later ones where victory is essential.

    Like they say in the NBA, some players are great in the first half, and others live for the 4th quarter where they cannot be denied. India is not even in the former category based on their play in this series so far.

  • ahmed... on August 17, 2011, 21:42 GMT

    hi i m very sad thad india shows thye are not capable to paly pitches like this and also heat falet picthes of india pakistan and bangldesh these countries destroying test cricket icc should froce them to make lively picthes to make the interest of pepole in test cricket becaz test cricket is orignal cricekt ,so dont wory indians india will win but in home ground after make felt and rough pithes and also tendulkar will make hundard but on felt home pitch and also below power bowling attak .eg:balndesh and srilanka.and also if he played agstain pakistn then also posssible pakistani feliding can help him to do so ....dont sad ok ...

  • Pritt32 on August 17, 2011, 21:23 GMT

    Indian team needs to make a few changes in their bowling and batting; otherwise England is heading for another big score and a massive win. Drop Raina, Mishra and Sreesanth as they are not test standard players. Add R P Singh, Kholi and Ojha in the squad, as it could make a big difference. The Oval is a batmen paradise, as it a flat pitch and there is little pace in the pitch, but it does reward exceptional bowling, as England seamers have provided. It down to poor and in-discipline Indian batting that led to their downfall. I hope Indian team put their heads down, by playing patiently in the swinging conditions, leaving dangerous deliveries alone and bowling tighter lines. Inspiring captaincy is needed from Dhoni to marshal the troops and India must consistently play five days of good cricket, otherwise the jubilant England team will have the upper hand and we know the rest. In honestly, England will be favourites to win, but it is a chance for Indian team to prove everyone wrong.

  • on August 17, 2011, 21:19 GMT

    Best of luck England ! I wish India gets a real feel of where they stand.And BCCi know that its not only the Home test series that matters .

  • Nagu152 on August 17, 2011, 21:15 GMT

    Its a Match between King Pair of Blowing Verus King Pair of Batting for India

  • on August 17, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    Has India's performance been worse than Sri Lanka?

  • TRAM on August 17, 2011, 21:06 GMT

    Mukund is a safer bet than Gambhir who pokes his bat out and weak against bouncers. Mukund is also a better fielder. Gavaskar the great technical analyst will only bad mouth rookies like Mukund regarding their technique. He wont say a thing about Gambhir or SRT or Yuvi or Raina...

  • HopefulIndianCricFan2 on August 17, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    I know Sachin fans are going to bash with figures of how great he is. But all said and done, I still feel he is not aggressive. He will go on and score 100 hundreds and we will all praise him for all his runs scored... etc... etc...

    How many times in his career has won matches (single handedly) that mattered? Please don't think I hate Sachin, I like him but I think he is over-rated.

  • raza_87 on August 17, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    Either ENG wins or match will become draw.Whatever people say, IND can't take 20 wkts

  • cricpolitics on August 17, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    Team India, Team India, Team India. What team india? It's not a team anymore, don't you get it?

  • Valavan on August 17, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    England shouldnt think they are no.1 and play this test match, they must think winning this game give the no.1 position, they must be hungry to win it. Its easy to get to No.1, the real test is to stay No.1 for a lengthy period, I wish this team to keep it for a longer period.

  • cricpolitics on August 17, 2011, 20:01 GMT

    Yes Dhoni, stick to your great game plan and lose the fourth test by even bigger margins.

  • on August 17, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    BCCI should employ Harbhajan as Batsman and Sehwag as a Bowler;As Harbhajan is better batsman than Raina/Sehwag in swiniging conditions while whole world knows that Sehwag is best spinner in India.

    As for Pace dept.;;;; Along with Praveen Kumar,We should employ Harmeet Singh and Irfaan Pathan to match his ballistic pace.This way we have a devastating trio of express bowlers capable of bowling @120+ KMPH. And if any of them do not suffice,then we can expect "Return of the KING"----One and the Only-----Ajit Agarkar::Best batting allrounder to ever walk on this Mortal earth. Lastly,For ALLROUNDER:::::Just One Word::::Sir Ravindra Jadeja

  • on August 17, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    I think Suresh Raina should be replaced by Virat Kohli. Not many runs scored by Raina this series and looks set to continue that trend, he needs to go away and work on playing short balls better. Give Kohli a chance

  • on August 17, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    Andrew Strauss will be feeling good. Already won the series with huge margins. Last test, 5 days of non-stop action. Its always pleasure to see the war between top teams of the world.

  • Nampally on August 17, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    India's main strength is batting which carried them to #1 position in tests & ODI's.The Indian batting relies on sound start by the openers, Sehwag & Gambhir who failed in the last test. If they give India a good start, then Indian middle order batting has a good chance to build a good total. If not India is up for a 4-0 whitewash. That is the simple truth. So Sehwag & Gambhir hold the key & it is about time they shoulder the responsibility.If Sehwag is not confident to open, let Dravid open. But India needs a good start. That is the bottom line. Much has been said of the England pacemen who have been made to look "great" due to poor batting by Indians on good batting pitches.Indian batsmen must focus on leaving the moving ball alone till the shine is gone.This is primary reason for poor opening stand. Remember Broad was hit for 6 Sixers in a single over not long back by Yuvraj.So England bowling can be hit but you need some patience under swinging conditions.Good Luck-Jai Ho

  • on August 17, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    Here we go again. Last chance for Indians to play for their pride. Losing margin is getting bigger and bigger. They have to show that they were at the top. Sachin can give some joy to Indian fans if he can produce his 100th century. Tough going for Indians at the moment. Key players will be Sachin & Dravid from Indian side and Cook & Anderson from English side. Winning chances: England 85%, India 15%.

  • landl47 on August 17, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    I hope Swann has a decent game. He's bowled well at the Oval in the past and England need him in good form for the overseas series. Bopara has to be feeling this is his last chance with young James Taylor showing such good form. It's hard to see any combination of India's bowlers taking 20 wickets unless the pitch turns out to be really lively and then India's batsmen will be in trouble. I wonder what Dhoni's game plan is- haven't seen much sign of one in the first 3 tests. Best of all possible outcomes: Tendulkar gets a century in a losing cause.

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 17, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    Well India's superstars in Tendulkar, Dravid, and Laxman will certainly won't be around next time the team comes to the UK. So this is a final opportunity for these warriors to put up a decent show for the English public. Even though the public want England to win, they still want to see good performances from the opposition. In fact there are many non-Indian fans who want India's batsmen to score runs because of their fame and urban legend status. It will be a shame if anything less happens. I hope India puts up a good show. The first hurdle will be to score at least 400 runs. Then the confidence should be back. Good luck.

  • Hurricane08 on August 17, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    A whitewash is a real possibility. Lack of match practice is one aspect, but the Indian team has shown a lack of motivation to turn things around. Praveen Kumar has shone as the lone image of defiance in the series - the leadership is clueless and defensive and these are the right signs that can bring down the most talented of teams. So the ball is in England's court to exploit the situation to the fullest.

  • Herath-UK on August 17, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    Hopefully Anderson is match fit and rearing to finish off the series well.India is fortunate that Tremlett is injured.This Test series is so lop sided,the fourth Test should have been replaced by more ODIs. Ranil Herath - UK

  • NairUSA on August 17, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    Nothing can be won by brooding in the past. Learn from the mistakes and make changes for a win. Best of luck, Team India! It is a truth that many in the team will have to resurrect their careers after a series of lacklustre performances. IPL fans will have a tough time accepting players who had failed in tests and trying to be 'gungho' in domestic IPL matches.

  • on August 17, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    Munaf shall get a chance if Praveen is not fit enough and RP singh should replace Sreesanth. Raina will have another chance since no Yuvi / Rohit there.

  • Aravind_always on August 17, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    I think the main problem of India is their opening.If opening comes good half of their problem will be solved..Our openers need to play atleast 20 overs.But that didn't happening and so everytime Dravid exposed to the new ball early.He tried very hard,couple of times he scores big,but somewhere he fell to an unplayable ball and once Dravid fell every others follow him quickly..that's the story of this series so far..Sachin needs to leave more balls early in his innings.Laxman must avoid playing loose shots.He is very aggresive these days and he fells playing those aggressive shots..No.6 is another big problem.Kohli may replace Raina..But even after 3 tests and 2 practice matches batsmen are struggling to adapt to the conditions,then i wonder how Kohli can succeed without any match practice...

  • puneet_usa on August 17, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    Team India's success was based on a master plan created by their famed coach GARY KIRSTEN- who unfortunately is no longer in charge- He had the Team India going whether it was at home or abroad-he managed to get maximum output out of all the players who were not world class but manage to pitch in their 2 cents on consistent basis which eventually added up in final analysis and therefore Team India did well overall- Mr. Duncan Fletcher took over the world champions thinking that the team will move on its own from the high of being Recently Crowned World Champions and with big names like Sachin,Sehwag,Dravid,Dhoni,Laxman,etc in team- One or the other will fire and get the results single handedly but the calculation went terribly wrong with unforeseen injuries to the big guns and not enough ready to play and perform bench strength that Duncan has nowhere to hide but to expect these big guns to fire at least in the final test- Hope he gets in touch with GARY soon for few words of wisdom.

  • on August 17, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    just play ur normal game india ,dont worry about win and lose ,no 1 will come back soon and it will be very soon ,just tell eng what is their status ,they can't be very long no 1 team ,DHONI u always inspire team india ,some lose dont define this team,yes india india india go for a haunt

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 17, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    I'm predicting the first defeat of the #1 team. I care about India and I do care how much Sachin scores for the team's cause. His century is the last thing on my mind. Two timely and winning or saving half centuries will be cherished forever rather than a lame century, for the English or Indian fans to marvel at, that comes when it is too little, too late. I do care how much Dravid and VVS score for the team's cause. I do care how much Gambhir scores. I couldn't care less if each one of them miss a century but come up with a collective and enough effort to defeat the Brits. All the best to Team India. They have shown us how good they are and gave us so many moments to celebrate in all forms of the game. They are not at all as bad as they have been on this tour. As Dravid said, yes, the target is to climb back to #1 and for that every match is important irrespective of the state of the series. And the journey starts, right here, right now.

  • on August 17, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    MS Dhoni: "We'll stick to our game plan", Indian team: "we have a gameplan?"

  • varakooti on August 17, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    Let's see how team india responds to the situation in which they were never to be. Hope sehwag contributes this time and R.P.Singh swings the ball.

  • on August 17, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    @desi fan even raina got century in practice match if india want to win bring in kholi in place of raina he is just not a test player and kholi is future of this batting order with r sharma and c pujara when the big guns go drop raina we will have a better chance of winning raina - a free wicket for england

  • on August 17, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    I admire Sehwag and a great fan of his. But, at the moment he can't bat like a test batsman, can't bowl, can't throw from the deep, can't field particularly well...., elementary things... It looks a combination of: a) inadequate recovery from surgery; b) not so good fitness, c) no match practice and, d) most dangerously the attitude -- " that is the way I play" ! He should be rested for the 4th test and be allowed to regain his usual form by the time the ODI stars. Meanwhile, I can't think of a better situation to try out Mukund once again. He can't score any less runs than what Sehwag got in the 3rd. Can definitely field, chase and throw ball more effectively.His youthful exuberance might lift the fielding standards a little bit. And, good attitude, to be encouraged. Nothing to lose & everything to gain!

  • NethajiS on August 17, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    Dear Guys, "Don't Blame our Boys (Men in Blue)". If they win, we all together put Crown to their head and if loss, we put them in our foot. Be sportive. This team achieved lots, worked hard and made us proud but right now our boyz are very tired and we need some "Backup Team"to face International Series (We have 1000s of Players there to proceed and proof) when they are tired. I congratulate English Team to be No.1 but who comes First is not an Issue, who will retain their place is an issue. We will be bounce back ( I hope, will happend in January according to my strategy of ICC Test Rankings Predictor). Boost Our Boyz. Go India Go. :)

  • Vijay-C on August 17, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    Our Wall are not Prove their Skills in this Series.This is this right time to Show that we are not Below the level and our confident to them.Bowling side have to correct according to their Skills. Because Demolish ausse in their Hometown and ours. so right time to prove our Talent.God of Cricket Must Awake to Straches them.They have our Confident.

  • HiyerNHiyer on August 17, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    Drop VVS hes not clicked and is a liability on the field. Get in Kohli. Raina has been more of a bowler than batter so get in Ojha. If 6 batsmen cannot score 300 then 7 will not and our problem is not taking 20 wickets. Also, atleast now learn to blood youngsters. There are two youngsters (Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav), playing the emerging players tournament. Get them here atleast for the remaining matches and One dayers. Sreesanth is a a liability for us. I suggest for the ODIs lets all the seniors (SRT, RD, ZK) rest and get in the pthan bros even if it means a last minute change. My team Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Tendulkar, Kohli, Dhoni, Mishra, Praveen Ishant, RP & Ojha. Hopefully we will not repeat the same mistakes in Aus. My team for Aus will be Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, SRT, Kohli / Rohit Sharma, Dhoni, Irfaan / Yuvraaj, Ishaant, Varun Aaron / Umesh Yadav / Praveen, RP / ZAK

  • wolf777 on August 17, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    Suresh Raina @ no 6? Even after he has been sorted out by English bowlers? You got to be kidding, Andrew.

  • on August 17, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    India already lost the series & no1 position now one last chance to save the pride india need good start from viru & gauti then only they can post a good total on the board so far in this series we hardly saw a big partnership from the indian batsmen without posting a desent total we can't expect to win a test match & they have to improve their fielding also we can't afford to drop catches of this english batting line up we hope a New sun will bring a new light......

  • on August 17, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    I completely agree with Dhoni what most Indians don't do is that they don't think that these cricketers are only human and cricket is just a sport, you win you lose, you score centuries and bat for 14hour like Cook did or get a king pair the Sehwag did,India has done over the past two years or so the team has always responded to Dhoni, the only area they flunked was when they under estimated England by looking they way Sri Lanka played them, with India the stakes were different and a good team lived up to it as the over confidant indians found quick sand

  • hydpearl on August 17, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    munaf deserve a chance to bowl on english conditions, RP should be brought in to get some variation in the bowling dropping sreesant will definitely help India he has been uneffective. virat can be given a chance raina can be dropped rest can be retained. so according to me playing eleven should be Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Sachin, Laxman, Virat, Dhoni, Praveen, Ishant, RP singh, Munaf. If praveen unfit can go for any spinner any how they will be ineffictive though..

  • Sheela on August 17, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    One important aspect of crikcet fielding - good ground fielding, taking catches offered etc.) has not bneen discussed by any critic or contributor. Does fielding need a great deal of natural talent. Hardly. No one should be called a critic if he ignores even one aspect of the game. Why harp on an individual's milestone without thinking about the team as a whole. Such an attitude of critics are a blot on their thinking.

  • Aspraso on August 17, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    It belies explanation why cricketers play football or rugby in pre-match practice -- surely the football players are not playing cricket or golf before their match.

  • ashu.lifeisbeautiful on August 17, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    India: The only tonic which could lift India's spirit is a ton from Sachin. If you are thinking about a draw, beware your are going to lose it for sure. England: When everything you do seem to click go for the kill, challenge the Indian line-up one more time. You are 20 wickets away from victory !

  • Nutcutlet on August 17, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    All summer 'I've been waiting to see a Tendulkar century from a purely aesthetic point of view. Let's hope he manages one this time (I couldn't care less how many he's scored) and gives England fans something to marvel at. And let's hope that India gives England a game and avoids another drubbing that cheats the paying public of getting value for their expensive seats!

  • Hari323 on August 17, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    India got nothing to lose now. They already lost their no.1 crown. They just have to fight for the pride and make England taste their first defeat in No.1 position

  • MOHAMMAAD-HOTWAREZ on August 17, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    india busted by england but england is still not the kind of no.1 team that australia was once so there will be tough competition for no.1 spot

  • on August 17, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    master blaster the wall cannot save india from whitewash its should be 4 o at the end of series

  • on August 17, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    kohili,ojha,n rp singh should in & raina,mishra,sreesanth out........... n dhoni v 2 prove he z best..........

  • Amar_bw on August 17, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    I would prefer Mukund over Raina. Mukund is the only centurian other than Dravid though it was a practice match. Also, on this wicket, I think India should play 2 spinners and give RP Singh a chance over Ishant Sharma and Sreesantha. PP Ozha can bat beter than Sreesantha. My team in sequence - Sehvag, Mukund, Gambhir, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, Dhoni, Mishra, Ozha, P Kumar, RP Singh.

  • RK.Chandru on August 17, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    "....."We will stick to our game plan and hopefully it'll reflect in our performance. This is a sport, we go through tough times. It's challenges that make life interesting." MS Dhoni remains typically philosophical ahead of the final match of what has been a very challenging tour for India......" `wonder if he (MSD) has any plan at all! Replace Raina with Mukund. Raina isn't just a test material. He can only score in shorter version on flat pitches.

  • on August 17, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    India should try Sehwag in the middle order instead of Raina with Mukund opening. Ojha should come in for Mishra. Ishant has been most disappointing with good deliveries few and far in-between. Munaf,RP should come in place of Ishant and Sreeshant. If Praveen is not fit, Sreesanth should play.

  • assam.beckons on August 17, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    All the best Indian Cricket team, we are your capital fans and will always remain so. We know you are nowhere close to this bad, and we all know that you can bounce back and give back those lost faces to Anderson & Co. Just remember, exactly 137 days back, we were all shouting throughout the night on the streets and no one was talking about England cricket. ALL THE BEST....

  • on August 17, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    go india goooooooo.. Forget d past.. Step into d future.. Sehwag,we all are waitin for huge blasts from u..

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  • on August 17, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    go india goooooooo.. Forget d past.. Step into d future.. Sehwag,we all are waitin for huge blasts from u..

  • assam.beckons on August 17, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    All the best Indian Cricket team, we are your capital fans and will always remain so. We know you are nowhere close to this bad, and we all know that you can bounce back and give back those lost faces to Anderson & Co. Just remember, exactly 137 days back, we were all shouting throughout the night on the streets and no one was talking about England cricket. ALL THE BEST....

  • on August 17, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    India should try Sehwag in the middle order instead of Raina with Mukund opening. Ojha should come in for Mishra. Ishant has been most disappointing with good deliveries few and far in-between. Munaf,RP should come in place of Ishant and Sreeshant. If Praveen is not fit, Sreesanth should play.

  • RK.Chandru on August 17, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    "....."We will stick to our game plan and hopefully it'll reflect in our performance. This is a sport, we go through tough times. It's challenges that make life interesting." MS Dhoni remains typically philosophical ahead of the final match of what has been a very challenging tour for India......" `wonder if he (MSD) has any plan at all! Replace Raina with Mukund. Raina isn't just a test material. He can only score in shorter version on flat pitches.

  • Amar_bw on August 17, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    I would prefer Mukund over Raina. Mukund is the only centurian other than Dravid though it was a practice match. Also, on this wicket, I think India should play 2 spinners and give RP Singh a chance over Ishant Sharma and Sreesantha. PP Ozha can bat beter than Sreesantha. My team in sequence - Sehvag, Mukund, Gambhir, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, Dhoni, Mishra, Ozha, P Kumar, RP Singh.

  • on August 17, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    kohili,ojha,n rp singh should in & raina,mishra,sreesanth out........... n dhoni v 2 prove he z best..........

  • on August 17, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    master blaster the wall cannot save india from whitewash its should be 4 o at the end of series

  • MOHAMMAAD-HOTWAREZ on August 17, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    india busted by england but england is still not the kind of no.1 team that australia was once so there will be tough competition for no.1 spot

  • Hari323 on August 17, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    India got nothing to lose now. They already lost their no.1 crown. They just have to fight for the pride and make England taste their first defeat in No.1 position

  • Nutcutlet on August 17, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    All summer 'I've been waiting to see a Tendulkar century from a purely aesthetic point of view. Let's hope he manages one this time (I couldn't care less how many he's scored) and gives England fans something to marvel at. And let's hope that India gives England a game and avoids another drubbing that cheats the paying public of getting value for their expensive seats!