England v India, 4th Investec Test, Old Trafford August 6, 2014

Unsettled India bank on batsmen

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Match facts

August 7-11, 2014
Start time 1100 local (1000 GMT)

Play 05:07
Video preview - Teams brace for pacy Old Trafford pitch

Big Picture

If India have worked as hard on their game as they have to get James Anderson punished in the previous week, they will almost certainly win at least a session at Old Trafford. They could not manage that in the third Test. The visitors had a nightmare in Southampton: their lead bowler was passed unfit before the toss and the rest of the cast was flat, they dropped catches and mis-fielded, and their batsmen got out soon after they got in. MS Dhoni's glass was certainly half-full when he said of his batsmen, "getting starts is more difficult that converting starts."

India had 13 double-figure scores at Ageas Bowl but Ajinkya Rahane's 54 was the highest. They had 11 partnerships over 20 but only three over 50 and none more than 74. A first-innings score of 330 is respectable, but it won't win Tests unless the opposition collapses, and England had amassed 569. The batting problems, however, seem more fixable than the bowling worries. Apart from Anderson and Stuart Broad, England's back-up seamers did not trouble the Indian batsmen in Southampton, and the visitors should back themselves to negotiate Moeen Ali's offbreaks better than they have done in previous Tests.

The challenge for Alastair Cook's team will be to replicate their flawless efforts at Ageas Bowl. England's out-of-form batsmen made runs, two out of the three new players they brought in were successes, and their spinner proved he was no part-timer. A second performance of such magnitude would be proof that the first one - which ended a winless run of 10 Tests - was not merely happenstance. England have not won successive Tests or a series since the summer of 2013, and this is their last opportunity to score a victory until after the 2015 World Cup.

Form guide

(last five matches, most recent first)

England WLDLD
India LWDDL

In the spotlight

Sam Robson has not yet done enough this summer to suggest he has succeeded where Nick Compton, Joe Root and Michael Carberry failed, in making the opening slot vacated by Andrew Strauss their own. Robson had one century and three low scores in two Tests against Sri Lanka, and after a half-century against India on a lifeless Trent Bridge track, he has not passed 30 in his next four innings. With England taking a hiatus from Test cricket at the end of this series until April 2015, Robson potentially has four innings to ensure he isn't forgotten. Moeen Ali is faring marginally worse than Robson with the bat in this series, but all anyone is talking about is his 15 wickets.

Can any combination of Indian bowlers take 20 wickets in a Test? No one was asking that question after Lord's, but it has almost become rhetorical after Southampton. With Ishant Sharma injured, Bhuvneshwar Kumar tiring, Mohammed Shami averaging 73.20 for five wickets, Pankaj Singh luckless, and Ravindra Jadeja being outbowled by Moeen Ali, the lack of depth on India's creaking bench has been exposed, as many thought it would be over five Tests. There is talk of offspinner R Ashwin and fast bowler Varun Aaron bolstering the attack, but Ashwin averages nearly 75 in away Tests and Aaron hasn't played since his debut in 2011.

Team news

England played the near-perfect Test in Southampton, but Chris Jordan's performance - his lithe slip catching apart - had plenty of room for improvement. He did not bat, and when he bowled he posed almost no threat and went wicketless. If the Old Trafford pitch is fast, England could give Steve Finn a comeback, but they will probably stick with their successful XI.

England (probable) 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Sam Robson, 3 Gary Ballance, 4 Ian Bell, 5 Joe Root, 6 Moeen Ali, 7 Jos Buttler (wk), 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Chris Jordan/Steve Finn, 10 Stuart Broad, 11 James Anderson.

India are likely to bring in Ashwin and Aaron for Rohit Sharma and Pankaj. Shikhar Dhawan could miss out too, but if India decide not to play Gautam Gambhir, they could retain Rohit and push everyone one slot higher.

India (probable) 1 M Vijay, 2 Shikhar Dhawan/Gautam Gambhir, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli, 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Varun Aaron/Pankaj Singh.

Pitch and conditions

The pitch at Trent Bridge made for dreary cricket; the Lord's surface resembled a budding lawn but its bark was worse than its bite; and Ageas Bowl rewarded only the bowlers who had the skills to exploit its strip. Old Trafford is tipped to have the quickest pitch - although not grassy - of the series so far, but the lead-up to the Test has been wet.

The forecast for the first day is fair, but it is worse on Friday and progressively so over the weekend. The temperature is expected to be between 18C and 20C, so it is certainly sweater weather, for the Indians at least.

Stats and trivia

  • India last played a Test at Old Trafford in 1990, when Sachin Tendulkar made a match-saving maiden century; they have drawn five and lost three matches at the venue. England have won six and drawn two of their last eight Tests in Manchester; their last defeat there was against Pakistan in May 2001.

  • Anderson had taken 12 wickets at 35.33 apiece in four Tests at Old Trafford, his home ground. His new-ball partner Stuart Broad has only two wickets in two Tests at the venue, at an average of 108.50.

  • Ian Bell averages 78.57 in six Tests in Manchester. He has 550 runs in ten innings there, with two hundreds. Cook has scored 431 runs at an average of 53.87 at the venue.

Quotes

"We put a lot of wear and tear into the Indian bowlers in that game [third Test], that's how you win Test-match series. We put a lot of miles in their legs like they did to us at Trent Bridge, which affected us at Lord's. At the start of this game it's nil-all and you've got to earn the right to put miles in their legs again."
Alastair Cook on how England are approaching the Test

"The match will tell us how fresh they really are, but at the same time the best we could have managed is to work on fitness and manage their workloads, and we have done that really well. So we will turn up on the field and see if they will be fresh and raring to go."
MS Dhoni on India's fast bowlers

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Nampally on August 6, 2014, 20:56 GMT

    In 1946 Indian Tour of England, Vijay Merchant(RH) & Mushtaq Ali(LH) put on 211 runs partnership for the opening wicket in the Old Trafford Test. Can another Vijay(RH) & S.Dhawan(LH) or alternate opener emulate that feat to give India a boost? This is what India needs - a flying start & add on it by the succeeding batsmen. Much was expected of Pujara & Kohli. But Pujara failed to build a big innings after 3 successive good starts + failed in the 3rd Test. Kohli on the other failed in all 3 tests. Indian batting needs these 2 guys to click & lead them to a good total. Old Trafford is expected to be fast paced. So India must include Aaron in their line up along with Ashwin to counter the LH bats .N.Ojha, who was in terrific form in Australia, joined the squad to replace injured Saha. Can India include him as WK/batsman. India must go definitely with 3 seamers- Aaron, Kumar & Shami. If kumar is not 100% fit, include Pandey or Pankaj but do not include him if is likely to break down.

  • SajithaD on August 7, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    @Rajesh_india_1990, Now I cant stop laughing man...

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on August 7, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    @Patchmaster (post on August 6, 2014, 22:17 GMT): Yet another 100 in an ODI that is. Attacking openers like Warner have not done well in tests here in U.K. (Warner averages a mere 24 outside of Australia and South Africa) - so yes, maybe for series in Australia and South Africa, Hales should be considered; but anywhere else where there's swing/seam, Robson is the safer option.

  • rhome on August 7, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    @OnePleaeUmpire: Agreed. But both of the batsmen dont seem to be out of form

  • on August 7, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    This should have been the combination for Indian team for previous test. but I guess management was worried about bringing two new fast bowlers in the team. anyways better late than never. Good chance for Gambhir. He will have two test matches to prove his worth for Australia tour. At the same time good break for Dhawan to look back at his game and iron out the flaws. Ashwin for Rohit is a no brainer. Bhuvi, Ashwin and Jadeja make sure that the extra batsman is not missed, giving India 5 bowlers at same time. plus 5 specialist batsmen would mean more responsibility on Pujara and Kohli, which might work in their favour. Good luck to both teams.

  • y4yoga on August 7, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    Wow Super changes, I was afraid Aron would replace Pankaj, thankgod, Shami is replaced by Aron. Nice complexion. Now I believe Dhawan(only 187) and Shami( only against Weak WI that too in India) will not take their places or granted. Though Varun Aron don't do much with the ball(swing). THe pace he has got can shatter English batsmen. If Aron doesn't use this opportunity then he should forget about test matches. India now really have a good pace attack.

  • on August 7, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    That's it folks, Dhoni has come out with a team that whole of India and whole world wanted to see.. Gauti, Aaron and Ashwin in... And I said before here at cricinfo that Cook will not change the winning squad and he didn't.. Finn may be tall but he wasn't part of the winning team at Southampton.. Cook is pretty much similar to Dhoni when it comes to test captaincy.. Keep the winning team nomatter what.. Dhoni is showing his aggressive nature by rigging these necessary changes ... He's determined to give a fitting reply to England for their off and in-field behaviour.. Beware England, Only rain can save you now! And guess what, India's batting first.. Cook almost looked deflated when he saw the coin turning in favour of India, He knew India's gonna bat first(A no-brainer).. He himself would've batted first(A no-brainer again) ...

  • on August 7, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    my team:- Dhoni,virat,pujara,rahane,vijay,gambhir,ashwin,jadeja,bhuvi,shami.

  • on August 7, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    my team:- Dhoni,virat,pujara,rahane,vijay,gambhir,ashwin,jadeja,bhuvi,shami.

  • on August 7, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    @Shane_oh 1) The last test was a rare performance by Moeen Ali. Expecting him to come up with fifers every match is expecting him to do what even Swann couldn't. 2)Cook does have runs against the best bowlers, but he's not an aggressive opener like Warner, Sehwag, Srikkanth, he might get a 50, but he'd take 100+balls to get there. I'm not faulting his technique, since I know that's perfect test batting. However, even Sehwag, Gilly, Warner and others made tons against some of the best bowlers, and they often got 50s in 70,80 balls. England, barring Bell and Butler, don't have batsmen who can play that way. Don't state Cook's runs in second innings against India came quick, I agree, but it was against a worn out Indian attack. 3) I meant that the likes of Jordan, Woakes were not as threatening as Anderson & Broad were. If Ali hadn't gotten 6 wickets, that match would've gone for a draw, since Jimmy looked a bit tired on Day 5. Missing Broad would weaken the attack.

  • Nampally on August 6, 2014, 20:56 GMT

    In 1946 Indian Tour of England, Vijay Merchant(RH) & Mushtaq Ali(LH) put on 211 runs partnership for the opening wicket in the Old Trafford Test. Can another Vijay(RH) & S.Dhawan(LH) or alternate opener emulate that feat to give India a boost? This is what India needs - a flying start & add on it by the succeeding batsmen. Much was expected of Pujara & Kohli. But Pujara failed to build a big innings after 3 successive good starts + failed in the 3rd Test. Kohli on the other failed in all 3 tests. Indian batting needs these 2 guys to click & lead them to a good total. Old Trafford is expected to be fast paced. So India must include Aaron in their line up along with Ashwin to counter the LH bats .N.Ojha, who was in terrific form in Australia, joined the squad to replace injured Saha. Can India include him as WK/batsman. India must go definitely with 3 seamers- Aaron, Kumar & Shami. If kumar is not 100% fit, include Pandey or Pankaj but do not include him if is likely to break down.

  • SajithaD on August 7, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    @Rajesh_india_1990, Now I cant stop laughing man...

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on August 7, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    @Patchmaster (post on August 6, 2014, 22:17 GMT): Yet another 100 in an ODI that is. Attacking openers like Warner have not done well in tests here in U.K. (Warner averages a mere 24 outside of Australia and South Africa) - so yes, maybe for series in Australia and South Africa, Hales should be considered; but anywhere else where there's swing/seam, Robson is the safer option.

  • rhome on August 7, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    @OnePleaeUmpire: Agreed. But both of the batsmen dont seem to be out of form

  • on August 7, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    This should have been the combination for Indian team for previous test. but I guess management was worried about bringing two new fast bowlers in the team. anyways better late than never. Good chance for Gambhir. He will have two test matches to prove his worth for Australia tour. At the same time good break for Dhawan to look back at his game and iron out the flaws. Ashwin for Rohit is a no brainer. Bhuvi, Ashwin and Jadeja make sure that the extra batsman is not missed, giving India 5 bowlers at same time. plus 5 specialist batsmen would mean more responsibility on Pujara and Kohli, which might work in their favour. Good luck to both teams.

  • y4yoga on August 7, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    Wow Super changes, I was afraid Aron would replace Pankaj, thankgod, Shami is replaced by Aron. Nice complexion. Now I believe Dhawan(only 187) and Shami( only against Weak WI that too in India) will not take their places or granted. Though Varun Aron don't do much with the ball(swing). THe pace he has got can shatter English batsmen. If Aron doesn't use this opportunity then he should forget about test matches. India now really have a good pace attack.

  • on August 7, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    That's it folks, Dhoni has come out with a team that whole of India and whole world wanted to see.. Gauti, Aaron and Ashwin in... And I said before here at cricinfo that Cook will not change the winning squad and he didn't.. Finn may be tall but he wasn't part of the winning team at Southampton.. Cook is pretty much similar to Dhoni when it comes to test captaincy.. Keep the winning team nomatter what.. Dhoni is showing his aggressive nature by rigging these necessary changes ... He's determined to give a fitting reply to England for their off and in-field behaviour.. Beware England, Only rain can save you now! And guess what, India's batting first.. Cook almost looked deflated when he saw the coin turning in favour of India, He knew India's gonna bat first(A no-brainer).. He himself would've batted first(A no-brainer again) ...

  • on August 7, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    my team:- Dhoni,virat,pujara,rahane,vijay,gambhir,ashwin,jadeja,bhuvi,shami.

  • on August 7, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    my team:- Dhoni,virat,pujara,rahane,vijay,gambhir,ashwin,jadeja,bhuvi,shami.

  • on August 7, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    @Shane_oh 1) The last test was a rare performance by Moeen Ali. Expecting him to come up with fifers every match is expecting him to do what even Swann couldn't. 2)Cook does have runs against the best bowlers, but he's not an aggressive opener like Warner, Sehwag, Srikkanth, he might get a 50, but he'd take 100+balls to get there. I'm not faulting his technique, since I know that's perfect test batting. However, even Sehwag, Gilly, Warner and others made tons against some of the best bowlers, and they often got 50s in 70,80 balls. England, barring Bell and Butler, don't have batsmen who can play that way. Don't state Cook's runs in second innings against India came quick, I agree, but it was against a worn out Indian attack. 3) I meant that the likes of Jordan, Woakes were not as threatening as Anderson & Broad were. If Ali hadn't gotten 6 wickets, that match would've gone for a draw, since Jimmy looked a bit tired on Day 5. Missing Broad would weaken the attack.

  • Patchmaster on August 7, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    Alex Hales should have been picked instead of Robson. ALL other top teams have one aggressive opener - ENG have none.

  • Kaka13 on August 7, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    My team - Gambhir, Vijay, Pujara, Rahane, Kohli, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Aaron, Pankaj / Shami/Ishwar

  • PeerieTrow on August 7, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    @rhometo: The main thing to remember about the "Law of Averages" is that it doesn't exist. This is an expression of the erroneous belief that the outcome of a random event will "even out" within a small sample. As the Blackadder said, "a wild stab in the dark." Go by the form book!

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on August 7, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    In 2011 also i told that India will win the world cup..that time everyone laughed at me...after 2011 world cup final i was the one who had the final laugh....this time also i will have the last laugh with Arun bose and other die hard indian fans.......

  • shane-oh on August 7, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    black_bird - 1) Far from the best test team ever. Not even within touching distance. 2) Always rip England apart? Have you not being watching the series? 3) Open your other eye.

  • YHSCC on August 7, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    My playing 11 for this match considering the pitch 1.Vijay, 2. Gautam, 3. Pujara, 4. Virat, 5. Rahane, 6. Dhoni, 7. Jadeja, 8. Ashwini, 9.Bhuvi, 10.Sami,11.Aaron. This will be perfect selection

  • Naresh28 on August 7, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    Indian pacers are still slow compared with our counterparts. Obliviously we don't dont create chances with our bowling as we lack pace. This then means that the opposition can relax and get the game away from us. This has been proven time and again in many series played overseas. Our bowling withers and dies. Unless we unearth the equivalents for Kumble and Zaks - we will be no where. Zaks was slow but used intelligence.

  • rhome on August 7, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    India should be bold and make the right selection which is 5 bowlers. If the pitch is fast, Varun, Ishwar/Pankaj, Bhuvi, Shami & Ashwin should be their first choice. Batting will carry the same risk either of Dhawan/ Gambhir / Rohit are in the eleven. So it doesnt really matter who comes in or goes out there. Dhawan was actually playing the seamers well in the limited time during the third test. So my ideal team selection would be, Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Shami, Ishwar/ Pankaj, Aaron. In this team , we have 5 proper batsmen, 3 all rounders (including Dhoni), 4 pace bowlers, one genuine spinner. Even among the 4 pacers, we have one genuinely fast, one fast medium (Shami), 2 genuine swing bowlers (Bhuvi, IShwar / Pamkaj). You cannot extract more out of a 11!

  • Winchu on August 7, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    Just one brilliant catch or drop catch in the 1st session shall drift the course of performance. So Indian slip fielders don't rest your hand on knee always...

  • on August 7, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    @Rajesh_India_1990. You must be living in a bubble if you think what you have been writing is true , as it's almost as funny as India's away form as even Zimbabwe have a better away record than India and they have only won 1 test too ha ha. Smell the cheese.

  • rhome on August 7, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    According to the law of averages, Kohli &/ or Pujara is due for a big score.Much being said about Pujara's concentration, but I believe that it is his forte and he will convert the starts to a big one.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on August 7, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    @ramli i m not dreaming..i m telling India will win this series..we have the best talent in the world

  • black_bird on August 7, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    The article headline is a little offensive for a world champions and the best test team ever. This team just defeated england a few days ago. They are not unsettled. They will rip apart england again, like they always do.

  • WellwisherINDIA on August 7, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    Dhoni and management playing eleven selection will be very crucial from current available players and needs to consider Manchester wicket, my bowlers in the eleven Ishawar Pandey, Shami Ahmed, Buvanesh Kumar or Varun Arron , Jadeja, Ashwin also Shikhar Dhavan should be replaced.

  • WellwisherINDIA on August 7, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    whatever happened ISHWAR PANDEY (FAST BOWLER) should be in the 4th test team, he is carrying drinks for playing eleven in the last so many series, he must have given chance ahead of pankaj sing

  • A.Ak on August 7, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    Who ever bats first might play well.

  • ramli on August 7, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    Well ... what is wrong with MSD being in test team ... I thought he made a fighting 50 in 3rd test when everybody else excepting Rahane scored less than that ... and also led the team well by remaining positive ... oh, oh, he did not have the right team(s) as suggested by innumerable posts here ... now I know

  • on August 7, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    it s evident that Indians re lagging with bowling attack ... change the bwg card.. My playing XI would be 1.Vijay 2. gambir 3. Kohli 4. Ashwin 5. rohit 6. Dhoni 7. rahanne 8.Jadeja 9.Umash 10.bhuvi 11. Aaron ..

  • ramli on August 7, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    @Realistic_cri_fan ... the nick-name is just the opposite to what was posted by you!!! What more, I have started to believe you also!!!!

  • ramli on August 7, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    @Rajesh_India_1990 ... wake up man, the match is going to start!!! So many people critical of MSD, that too with the series standing 1-1 ... it is not that he has lost it already ... give him time to complete the series at least ... and then dissect ... there were even suggestions to make Sanju captain of India ... such outrageous suggestions can wait

  • on August 7, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    Team should be: Vijay Gambhir/dhawan Pujara Kohli Rahane Rohit Jadeja Ashwin Bhuvi Pankaj Shami/Aaron...

    Make Dhoni non playing Captain.. (If there is something like that:-))

  • on August 7, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    I think Jadeja should sit in the pavilion as his bowling goes no inpact in last 2 matches...

  • on August 7, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    bring in binny aaron gambhir and ashwin in place of jadeja pankaj dhawan and rohit

  • on August 7, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    dhawan is a big no at this point in time.As he has perinial habit of poking....He can't last long on bouncy wickets...whereas gambhir also has the same . tendency so it is better to put puja ra opening and in form OJHA in team for this test.

  • Seamer_Singh on August 7, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    Looks like the weather will influence the result. It's looking very unsettled throughout the match.

  • on August 7, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    binny is a gud option too.. bhuvi shami pandey ashwin ..binny as 5th bowler..this attack gives some hope of 20wickets..

  • on August 7, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    i hope India play some good cricket.. aftr that southampton test..they dint even win a single session over 4days.. expctng India to come bettr ths tym.. my XI gambhir vijay pujara kohli rahane dhoni ashwin jadeja bhuvi shami pandey hoping bhuvi to be fit ..

  • wolf777 on August 7, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    On pacy Old Trafford a medium pacer stands more chance than a spinner....I can't understand the logic behind playing Ashwin.....

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on August 7, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    India will win with any eleven they have in the squad against whatever eleven they put from opposition's squad...such is this team's capability

  • Samdanh on August 7, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    @Rajesh_india_1990: India is 4th in Test Rankings; and 2nd in ODI rankings

  • wolf777 on August 7, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    @ Nampally....I don't understand only 3 pacers on a 'pacy Old Trafford pithc' ? Why not 3 pacers and a medium pater allrounder who sands more chance to exploit conditions?

  • on August 7, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    Given Pujara's technical prowess, he should be capable of opening the batting along with Vijay. I'd rather have an in-from Ojha in the team than a maybe-maybe-not Gambhir/Rohit/Shawan. My playing XI would be 1. Vijay 2. Pujara 3. Kohli 4. Rahane 5. N. Ojha 6. Dhoni 7. Jadeja 8. Ashwin 9. Bhuvi 10. Shami 11. Aaron

  • udyam on August 7, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    I don't understand why everybody is against Rohit Sarma. He has failed in only one innings where everybody else failed except Rahane. In the 1st innings he was involved in the highest partnership of the match from Indian side. In New Zeland also he was the highest scorer in the 1st innings of the 1st test match and in the 2nd test he saved the match with the unbeaten century partnership with Virat Kohli in the 2nd innings.But Pujara has been a constant failure since New Zeland series.He was a failure even in the Bangladesh ODI series, but nobody has any problem with that. Rohit was the 2nd highest run getter in Champions trophy in England, Man of the series in West Indies ODI series, Man of the series in Australia ODI series, Man of the series in West Indies Test series, 2nd highest run getter from Indian side in T20 world cup in Bangladesh. So please stop accusing Rohit Sarma. everybody may fail once in a while, especially when he was unnecessarily dropped from the first two tests.

  • on August 7, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    keep giving rohit sharma chances till he turns old :)

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on August 7, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    India should win this series to go ahead of SA in my view...........till that India is number 2 team only in tests...Well of course India is the number 1 ODI side with world cup,champions trophy are already in their bags..Daylight separating India and other teams in ODI's...

  • Siddiee on August 7, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    Dhawan lacks technique to last long periods of time in these conditions and it is no surprise. I feel best way for him is to back his style and go for his shots, its better for him to slash hard rather than hanging his bat out. Kohli is doing fine and should just keep on playing his shots without complicating his mind. Grinding the bowlers is important but some have ability to start scoring earlier than others and it should not be held against them after few failures.

    Since India doesn't have a striking bowler, its well advised to go with four bowlers (they prefer the combo) with a sole motto of taking wickets and no drying up one end please. Expect Aaron & Ashwin to play as the former will add variety to the attack and Ash is the only option we have as Jadeja doesn't look like turning the match on his bowling.

    Its a young team and should be backed, India should get on the ground and play fearless cricket and I firmly believe you would win more than you loose with such an approach.

  • shane-oh on August 7, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    @natarsx - taking catches is a part of playing cricket well. India dropped some catches that cost them runs. Ergo, India didn't play as well as England so lost. You are correct sir.

  • shane-oh on August 7, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    @Aadhithya Prakash - your theories are slightly flawed. Allow me to elaborate.

    1) Cook's record shows that, regardless of what you think about his imagined "defensiveness", he is a highly effective and talented batsman who scores a lot of runs against a wide range of strong bowling attacks.

    2) England's unthreatening bowlers skittled India for a total of 508 runs across two innings. Anderson wasn't even the top wicket taker.

    3) Kohli, Pujara and Rohit combined for just 127 runs at an average of less than 22 across those two innings. Hardly suggests the bowlers can't handle them - and to strengthen point 2, only two of those wickets fell to Anderson.

    Sorry, but those are the pesky facts.

  • on August 7, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    stuart binny must be played here along with ashwin. no other choices for the team.

  • y4yoga on August 7, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    India's winning chances rely mainly on two. 1st is the changes they are going to make in the playing 11. 2nd Toss. so eagerly waiting for the Toss.

  • y4yoga on August 7, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    If I were MS Instead of Looking for 4th seamer, I myself will bowl the quota of 10-15 overs and let Virat to keep, MS can normally bowl in 130s and also have the advantage of Inswinging, If India were not satisfied with anderson's verdict, if they still need something to be given to anderson, As a whole team they need to give him on his home ground.

  • on August 7, 2014, 6:32 GMT

    Rohit shrma should get one more chance coz he got only test...its true that he thrown away his wicket but not to forget he is one who looked in no trouble against english pace... Non of english bowler got his wicket rather he his given his wicket.. Is there any one agree witht this comment... Rohit is future of indian test team everyone know that he is the one who looked more comfortable against any aattack

  • india_boy33 on August 7, 2014, 6:32 GMT

    @Rajesh_india_1990- why did you put Aus on No.5 put them on no.10 behind Bangladesh. I am an Indian & I am really disappointed by the comments posted by my fellow countrymen. I don't know what your problem with Australia is but I saw in many of your past comments that you always wrote about the teams who is playing against us, esp. Aus w/o any reason & shows your affection towards SA. That's not bad but post comments like this is totally an utter & insult. After the end of Aus supremacy in 2007-08 no team is still come a little closer to that invincible teams of Waugh & Ponting. Current or former SA team is not even a shadow of that teams of Aussies. This is fact current Aus team in present date is much stronger than SA.

  • on August 7, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    Over confidence is the last thing england needs now, they cannot underestimate this indian side at any time because this indian side can bounce back in no time.

    This england team does not have special match winning talents like botham, peterson etc and also the current bunch of players still cannot be considered as in great form, in the last test there were dropped catches and some umpiring decisions too favored and that made england's win easy so england has to be very careful now. They should get at least draws in both these remaining 2 tests, and if they can win this series that will be a huge bonus!

    England batsmen - do not go for big or risky shots, rather play defensively and try to occupy the crease as long as possible and try to get at least 400 in the first innings, otherwise it will be very difficult to win the remaining 2 tests or even to save them.

    Put your best effort England team (bestest effort!), Good lucks!

  • on August 7, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    Will be gobsmacked if this happens but ideally this should be the XI:

    Vijay, Rahane/Ashwin, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit/Rahane, Ashwin/Rohit, Dhoni, Jadeja, Bhuvi, Aaron, Pankaj.

    Shami looked completely listless the last 2 Tests hence he should be dropped. And Dhawan will never succeed outside the subcontinent unless he sorts out the flaws in his technique. Pankaj did rather well in his debut (if the fielding & umpiring let him down he can't be blamed for that) so he should be persisted with & Aaron needs to be played for the extra pace he brings. And finally there is no question Ashwin should be playing (he should have been playing from day 1 of the series itself) - given his experience as opener in domestic cricket, & that his technique is sound, he could be tried as opener or if that thought is too radical, should certainly be batting at 6, with Rahane opening.

  • on August 7, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    Gauti for Dhawan, Varun for Shami and Ashwin for Jadeja... Although i dont like Ashwin either, but Jadeja doesn seem to do much with bat or ball

  • vik-expert on August 7, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    Great Preview!!! India played last time in Manchester it was just a average ground with average pitch which was helping batsmen. This time India is facing challenge of Anderson (Swing 140+ kmph), Broad (Tall +140 kmph), Finn (Tall +145 kmph) & Woakes (swing +138 kmph). They are good bowling unit and Finn's come back will make them stronger. Now, how India can win this test match 1.) Play Gambhir instead of Dhawan 2.) Play Aron, Binny (If pitch is green otherwise play Jadeja) & Ashwin for Shami, Jadeja & Rohit 3.) Win the toss and bat first 4.) Get 70+ opening partnership which will give some protection to Pujara & Kohli 5.) Bowl Bouncers on England batsmen body not outside off stump. 6.) Hold all the catches.

    Good Luck India!!!

  • natarsx on August 7, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    Cook was dropped when he was at 15. Butler was dropped early in his innings - hope they dont do such silly things again. Butler and Cook added 150 + after those let offs. Bell was let off at 0 - that was hitting middle stump - Ballance was out at 10 not given. These two went on to add 300 more. Thats close to 450 additional runs England got by sheer luck. Had these 4 went on India's ways the match would have been completely different. The point is - I dont think India is in such a bad state as its being potrayed here. Indian team have to realize this and play sensible cricket - good fielding and batting will put India back on track

  • sasisurineni on August 7, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    MS should follow Ganguly instruction, rest dhawan bring Gambhir in and bring Aswin in place of jadeja.

  • on August 7, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    please bring in sanju Samson in place of dhoni and make him captain for these final two tests. why is bcci afraid of trying new strategies. do you people agree with me?

  • on August 7, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    My Playing XI would be Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, N.Ojha, Dhoni, Ashwin, Binny, Bhuvanesh, Pankaj, Aaron. Its seems balanced unit with 8 tested batsmen, 5 bowlers with pace, swing and spin. Instead of giving chance to Gambhir lets place Ojha when he is in tremendous form. As rain expected on final days., binny would be handful for swing..Lets give rest to jadeja, rohit, dhawan...enough.

  • on August 7, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    At least one correction is also needed in the composition of the team. Rohit Sharma is an attractive batsman who has done reasonably in his very young Test career. But with a long batting order, and with India's most urgent concern being the ability to take 20 wickets cheaply enough to win, a wicket-taking bowler is likely to be more valuable than the runs he would provide.India Must play this guys In - Ashwin, Gauti & Aaron. Out- Dhawan,Shami,Rohit.

  • on August 7, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    If the pitch is seaming and bouncing India should go in with the following line up M.Vijay Gambir/Dhawan Pujara Kohli Rahane Dhoni Binny Ashwin Bhuvi(if Fit)/Pandey Pankaj Singh V.Aaron If the Pitch is dry go with Jadeja as the all rounder.I am undecided on dhawan bcoz he and Kohli are on the same boat in this series and as for Shami He doesn't look like the bowler who showed that excellent reverse swing spell against the west indies and he has also lost little bit pace on his bowling.

  • Maliktabrez on August 7, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    India need to get cook and ballance early..coz if he scores it realy give boost up to other eng batsman.. And plz also drop dhawan for gambhir..give a chance to varun..too

  • on August 7, 2014, 4:37 GMT

    Pushing Rahane to open the batting might be better than Pujara opening. England 's problem is having 2 defensive openers, who despite being effective in the absence of a strong bowling attack, wouldn't work against a quality attack. Even if they add 50-75 runs off the first 20 overs, India would've succeeded in tiring Anderson a bit, especially if Broad doesn't play, in which case, Cook would want Jimmy to bowl 7-8 overs in the opening spell. The rest of the English bowlers don't look threatening, and won't be too much to handle for the likes of Kohli, Pujara and Rohit. If MSD walks in with the score reading 350-400+ and ONE well set batsman, then you'll see him take the entire attack apart, like in the third session of the first test where he got 50 off 64 jobs. Aaron, if used in 5-6 over blasts, could remain fit, and at full pace, he could do some damage. Ashwin, should come in for Dhawan as Jadeja and Ashwin bowl well when they bowl together. They can also add runs with the bat.

  • philipsmgp on August 7, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    Indian selectors need to take some harsh steps regarding Dhoni as far as Test cricket is concernd. Its understable if you dont tamper with a winning combination. But dhoni is so stubborn he never changes his team even after continuous losses. i thought dhavan and shami would be dropped after the first two tests. But they are still playing. And Dhoni himself doesnt deserve to be in test team. Bring Gambhir as captain and Dinesh or Sanju as wicket keeper. make some minor changes.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on August 7, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    Ms Dhoni is a master tactician...He let England win the third test match to create complacency in England's dressing room....Now Complacent England will face India with full of overconfidence...Then according to Dhoni's plan India will fire in all cylinders to finish the match in three days...Only rain can save England...

  • on August 7, 2014, 4:09 GMT

    Indian batsmen , primarily Kohli and Pujara should take slightly an off stump guard while facing Anderson. That will ease up in leaving the balls pitched on and around off and it will also allow them to score .... Pankaj, Bhuvi , if fit and Aron should play. If Bhuvi is not fit, then Pandey should be in .. Shami , the one dimensional bowler should be out.. Also Jadeja should be out and Ashwin should come in . As also Rohit should be out and Binny should come in. One last chance to Shikar... This is the best available combination

  • SeanB on August 7, 2014, 3:49 GMT

    Extreme changes that can work - Ojha for Rohit, batting at 7; Rahane at 4, Virat at 5, MSD at 6. Two seamers - Aaron (for pace) and Pandey for control and height. Two spinners to complete the bowling - after all the pitches this series are like Indian wickets, so two seamers & two spinners can play.

  • Realistic_cri_fan on August 7, 2014, 3:42 GMT

    If weather permits it will definitely's going to be India's game.You are going to see rampant Kohli and Jadeja.Everyone is going to play like this is their last match.Worrying days for England ahead.Soon people will call for Cook's head and will talk about how thier senoir players let them down.

  • SeanB on August 7, 2014, 3:42 GMT

    Indian team was selected well ahead of the tour. At that time, it was correct decision - allowed to get ready for five tests. And the team was alright as well. Now, that back fires. Why? - because the pitches are nothing like what the selectors and others expected. Six seamers and Binny were picked, but only two spinners -Jaddu is not among the top 5 spinners in India. Even the greenest pitch at Lords was a two spinner wicket. India need a wrist spinner - a leg spinner like Amit Mishra or Chawla. Another mistake - mostly by the selectors, but to some extent the captain too - was to pick the same kind of bowlers. Bhuvi is a swing bowler and Aaron is quick. Other five bowl 130-138 and are not great with swing. All seven are right handed bowlers, i.e., no variety in the attack. With the batting, Rahane needs support and should play at 4, Virat at 5. Finally, what more should Rohit do to be dropped?

  • on August 7, 2014, 3:31 GMT

    @Vaibhav Parker: You can not have the same yardstick for everyone. Likes of Raina and Yuvraj are not really suited for test cricekt. So no point wasting time and energy in giving them more chances. Rohit has better prospect than those two, but still is way behind proper test materials like Kohli, Pujara and Vijay or even Rahane. These four are the kind of batsmen India should back even if they fail in a series or two. That leaves Rohit competing with Dhawan and Gambhir. If Rohit has to keep his place, he must show the capability of opening the innings in tests as he did in ODIs in the challenger trophy. I did not think of it earlier, but now I believe that could be a gamble Dhoni might take if Gambhir not impressing him in the nets.

  • on August 7, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    @Rajesh_india_1990, India at #2? You would be kidding. Right? We are at best mid ranking team and rightly so. We have a younger team doing alright so far, but far from world beater. This new look team which played its first match in SA series, have been doing alright and fought bravely even if lost few except last match where they were again pathetic like they were in 2011. (6 matches excluding last one they were 1 w, 2 l & 3 d) Now is the time to show character. Can they rise from heavy defeat in last match? Selection need to be right. Dhoni went with defensive mindset in Southampton and paid the price. GG, Ash & Varun need to come in place of Dhawan, Rohit and Shami/Pankaj place. I will still have Jadeja in team, that will allow control when Shami or Varun are bowling faster and in short bursts where they can go for runs but chances of getting wickets are higher. Ash need not bowl too many doosra and teesra, just conventional spin and he is pretty good without experimentation.

  • mayuresh11 on August 7, 2014, 3:25 GMT

    last 3 test match no performer dhwan virat pujara

    last 1 match no performer Rohit

    so now whom we should drop and select in playing 11 ? if we give virat pujar dhwan long run and select for past performance than the only batsman who score 200 runs in odi is rohit after sachin so why should he should not get long run in test match??

    those who tell rohit should be drooped pls answer ..........

  • SANATP22 on August 7, 2014, 3:17 GMT

    Indian must play with two spinner- R Ashwin, R Jadeja & three Seamer - B Kumar, I Pandey, V Aroan and Drop Virat from 4th to 5th position and replace with A Rahane

  • ren1 on August 7, 2014, 3:02 GMT

    1 Gambhr 2. Vijay 3. Pujara 4. Kohli 5. Rahane 6 .Dhoni 7 Ashwin . Bhuvi 9. Aaron 10. Pankaj 11. Panday/ Shami if Bhuvi not fit Panday Will play. we need definitely 5 Bowlers. this Team is well Balance

  • on August 7, 2014, 2:56 GMT

    To all the cricket lovers and fans from India now you will get the answer why rohit sharma is in team after failure. The reason is he is getting only one chance and others many chances like binny dhawan jade ja. you people don't talk about the same. why no guts to drop virat when he is also not performing. how you expect rohit to be consistent with this type of treatment.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on August 7, 2014, 2:48 GMT

    England will provide a Green mamba and India will win this match in three days with Rohit sharma (next sachin tendulkar) will score a novelistic eye catching double century and Bhivaneshwar kumar who is going to be the greatest allrounder after kallis will tick all his boxes and Finally Varon Aaron(next steyn) will fire thunder bolts to scare all England batsmen...India congratulations

  • playitstraight on August 7, 2014, 2:41 GMT

    @TimmyFromTimbuktu

    I agree, I was a bit baffled at that quote. That tells you enough about the mindset of Cook. Apparently, taking 20 wickets and scoring runs isn't the way to win test match series as many pundits have conceived, but rather putting "a lot of wear and tear" into the opposition bowlers.

    Well said Cook, well said.

  • jmcilhinney on August 7, 2014, 2:11 GMT

    Both these teams are vulnerable so to say that one team will win this game because of this or that is really just guesswork. Either team could win, depending on who turns up on the day. From an England perspective, a couple of encouraging things are the fact that they sustained their skill and intensity level for pretty much the entire game at the Ageas Bowl and the fact that Cook and Bell seem to have regained some sort of form. Both were lucky in the first innings but both also made the most of that luck and looked far more comfortable in the second innings. Cook did get bogged down some but was facing some rather negative bowling but still found ways to score, while Bell didn't make a big a big score but was playing freely and got out to a shot he likely wouldn't have played had they not been in search of quick runs. If both can bring the confidence they would have gained from that game into this then plenty of runs may be on offer.

  • jmcilhinney on August 7, 2014, 2:06 GMT

    @TimmyFromTimbuktu on (August 6, 2014, 21:50 GMT), um, where exactly does Cook say that he doesn't want Ballance, Bell, Jimmy and Moeen to continue there match winning form? Where does he say that he's not enjoying the previous win and aiming to win again? The fact that someone else chose to quote this one thing that Cook said does not mean that it is the only thing he has said or is thinking. You're just using a single statement out of context to justify a preconception. Are you saying that Michael Clarke would think it is a bad idea to make teams bowl a lot of overs?

  • on August 7, 2014, 1:53 GMT

    acc to me murali vijay is batting wid great authority but he has to be a bit brisk in his approach. . and especially if msd scores say a run a ball century it could pose intense pressure on the opposition. . so the freedom of playing shots should be there. .. my fast bowling trio would b bhuvi, singh, aaron wid sir. !! no ash required yet..!!

  • Siva_Bala75 on August 7, 2014, 1:35 GMT

    Between Dhawan and Gambhir- any one will be fine. Play with 6 batsmen and 4 bowlers: Ashwin i/o Jadeja, Bhuvi, Pankaj and Aaron. Shami is not in form. This offers the best chance for India.

  • on August 7, 2014, 1:20 GMT

    Folks, There's a possibility of rain during this match but not much though.. There is 55-61% chance of rain from 8 to 11 august but just 1-3 mm.. That's not much and with England's excellent drainage system in all counties, Game might still complete and there will be a result or a possible draw.. India hasn't won a match here from 78 years, They have played 8 matches here(Lost 3, Drawn 5, Won 0)..This might fire up India to win here and give a perfect reply to England for all the insults and It's Anderson's home ground as well..India would like to give him a perfect reply as well on his home ground... India might take a lead at Manchester itself... English weather can surprise you more than Saeed Ajmal's doosra! Let's hope rain doesn't interrupt much and stay away..

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on August 7, 2014, 1:16 GMT

    Eng needs to just follow template set last test.Bat 1st,bat big,long,look to bat only 1ce if poss.,get 550 with 2,3 big 100s,in short take full use of avg. Ind bowling when pitch is @ best.Then hit them hard with swing/seam,pace-Finn.And some spin too!:)

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on August 7, 2014, 0:50 GMT

    If the OT pitch offers any semblance of spin on days 4,5 we can expect Moin to play trump card for Eng yet again. A 10 W haul is almost certain from Eng's part timer,seeing how Ind's batsmen were clueless v spin on d5 of 3rd test.

  • whirlaway on August 7, 2014, 0:49 GMT

    @thozar: "Aaron would be a great selection for Team India. I am sure the English will not know what hit them...."

    Please tell me you were just joking! For India's sake, I hope Aaron puts in a decent performance but I wouldn't raise hopes to that level where we expect him to run through the England side like Mitch Johnson did for Australia. From what I have heard about Aaron, he has pace but no control. With such bowlers, competent batsmen usually defend against the good balls and send the bad balls to the boundary!

  • IndCricFan2013 on August 7, 2014, 0:44 GMT

    Ashwin should open and let Rohit play at 6. Give chance to Gambhir the whole Aussie series.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on August 7, 2014, 0:40 GMT

    Right,4th test starts today.And by end of day1 Eng should be 1 step closer to a resounding 3-1 series W @ home.And wont it be sweet and a mighty relief,esp. for Cook after having been beaten in the last series by our sub cont neighbors the Lankans!

  • dunger.bob on August 7, 2014, 0:17 GMT

    India looked very tired in the 3rd Test but so did England in the first two. A 5 Test series requires stamina and endurance which I'm not sure India has got. .. anyway, this is a chance to prove me wrong and I wouldn't rule out another 180 degree turn around in this game. Logic says England, but this series hasn't been very logical so far on or off the field.

  • JustIPL on August 7, 2014, 0:17 GMT

    Looking at the trend after three tests, england are on the rise and india are going down. First test was at home for india infact, second ishant's surprise spell and then the usual story. If we start from where we left off in the third test then we note that england were scoring at a run rate of 5 while english pacemen were getting more clinical and indian batting looked fragile while facing a part timer. I still believe, ash and jaddu in tandem can make a better impact but whatever combination india play 3-1 looks inevitable.

  • on August 7, 2014, 0:14 GMT

    @May fans who are asking for Umesh. He is not in the team.

    @Wapuser; There is no D/L in test matches, since draw is an admissible resolt.

  • sampu_sheikh on August 7, 2014, 0:05 GMT

    I would bring in atleast GG, Ashwin and Aaron in place of Dhawan, Jadeja and Pankaj. There is no need to play 2 spinners at Old Trafford. Dhoni can keep his 7 batsman if that's whats comfortable with him, but if they don't apply themselves, even 11 batsman won't help. Shami should be given another chance if Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Jadeja and Ishant have been given so many, and considering Shami is the least experienced of the lot, he deserves another crack at the England batsman. Rohit can be dropped in place of Binny or Pandey for a 5th bowling option, but don't count on it.

  • ThePacifist10 on August 6, 2014, 23:42 GMT

    If we lose the toss our bowlers are dead. If we win we have a chance. Anderson will come at us with max aggression now, since he knows he can get away with it. We must stay strong, though I don't rate our chances of winning this very highly. My XI: Vijay, Gambhir, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, Ashwin, Jadeja, Bhuvi, Shami, Aaron.

  • on August 6, 2014, 23:08 GMT

    India should make just two changes. Get Ashwin and Aaron in for Rohit and Jadeja. Shiikar should play. He is getting his thirtees. He should convert them, that's all.. Gambhir will be futile. No point.

  • yunaimin on August 6, 2014, 22:43 GMT

    Of course Ashwin should have played from the start of the series, and Jadeja shouldn't have been played as low as 7/8. He is a batting allrounder given the task of frontline spinner in the first 3 tests, but he has fared way worse than Moeen has.

    Gambhir, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Sir 3 FC Triples, Dhoni, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Aaron, Pankaj

    Looks like Dhawan and Rohit are going anyway but Shami has been really poor also.

  • Patchmaster on August 6, 2014, 22:17 GMT

    I see Hales scored ANOTHER 100, he must be very close to getting Robsons place, and too be honest, I think Hales and Cook is a better combo, bringing the opening pair more in line with the other top teams, i.e. a fast scorer and a 'stayer'. Australia would pick Hales if they were picking the Eng team, not Robson.

  • souwesterly on August 6, 2014, 21:53 GMT

    I reckon we'll need the D/L method to get a result here....the forecast doesn't bode well. If we do get some play, England's fast bowlers will make batting not a bit dangerous - and brief.

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx on August 6, 2014, 21:50 GMT

    What a strange quote from Cook. Is he wanting Ballance, Bell, Jimmy and Moeen to continue their match winning form? No. Is he enjoying the previous win and aiming to win again? No. What he is doing is ....... enjoying tiring the opposition and hoping to tire them again.

    He really does have trouble grasping even the concept of setting out to win a cricket match. Is this the reason he seemed so utterly bewildered in the last Ashes when facing a team committed to winning and seemingly unafraid of defeat?

  • RickMiranda on August 6, 2014, 21:44 GMT

    The Indians do not have the physic to last out a five test series. The Chalta Hai attitude with 95% fitness is a no no. Ishant, who has been around for a long time is prone to injury and when he is not highly unpredictable...Bhuvi has been flogged to he ground and is recovering, and Shami looks tired and jaded....

    Your front line spinner Ashwin who can rattle the left handers [four in the England side] is unsure of his position in the team. Jadeja lacks test temperament and continues to find place in the team. Batsmen, apart from Vijay and Rahane...there is no one in this team you can chose from.

    In these circumstances the ideal combination for the test today in the following batting order Vijay, Pujara, Kholi, Rohit/Gambhir, Rahane, Binny, Dhoni, Bhuvi. Ashwin, Pankaj, Ishwar.

    Five batsmen/Five bowlers. Both Ishwar and Pankaj have the built to sustain long stints of bowling. Pankaj deserves another chance....he was let down by the fielders.

  • Greatest_Game on August 6, 2014, 21:37 GMT

    Gamhir is a no-brainer to replace Dhawan, who is averaging 20 this series. It would be hard for Gambhir to do worse - he'd have to bat as badly as Kohli!

  • TheDoctor394 on August 6, 2014, 21:34 GMT

    There hardly seems to have been a drop of rain on any Test cricket in the world so far this year. Methinks Manchester will be reliable and bring a change to that...

  • cricket_lover1 on August 6, 2014, 21:26 GMT

    India should not play two spinners (play either Jadeja or Ashwin). Pick Four pace bowlers (Bhuvi (if Fit), Aaron, Ishwar, Shami). India Team: Gambhir, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, Ashwin (bowling allrounder), Bhuvi (bowling allrounder), Aaron, Ishwar, Shami.

  • on August 6, 2014, 21:10 GMT

    Why doesn't India at least bring to the table the two genuine fast bowlers they have varun and umesh, and keep the third pacer who has the best strike rate and spinner with best strike rate and one bowling all rounder.. That will surely give them the best chance at getting the opposition 20 wickets out

  • veeranx on August 6, 2014, 20:29 GMT

    India, you need to go in with 4 pacers and 1 spinner. Don't care who the spinner is but for psychological advantage, I will stick with Jadeja. Let Pankaj and Varon join Sami and Bhuvaneshwar.

    Its okay if India lose but its not okay to let the opposition bat and make 500s. Once you get them out for a lower score, you are always in the game. Moreover an additional bowler will share the overs but your additional batsman might or might not make an impact.

    5 batsmen also tells the batsmen that you have a role to play. Its tells the tail that you need to take some extra responsibility and it tells everyone that I am here to win.

    That's how you won the 2nd test and not doing that in the 3rd test is what cost you the game.

    Bounce them out guys!!!

  • thozar on August 6, 2014, 20:28 GMT

    Aaron would be a great selection for Team India. I am sure the English will not know what hit them. He is the fastest in the squad and like Mitchell Johnson in Australia, he will also pose a big threat for the English batsmen who cannot face genuine pace. Ashwin will be very useful against their lefies. My XI: Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, Binny, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Shami, Aaron. Why Dhawan? Because he is still a wonderful batsman. After his ordinary performance in the first 3 tests, he will be hungry to prove himself to his critics. That said, I don't mind GG either. Why Binny? I think he was hard done by after the first 2 tests which didn't suit his style of bowling. He is a capable middle order batsman and a handy medium pacer. He will be the perfect compliment to the express pace of Aaron and Shami, the swing and accuracy of Bhuvi, the bag of tricks that Ashwin comes with. With this XI, even with the unpredictable weather, I predict India to win.

  • thozar on August 6, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    Justice will be served in the next 2 tests. The Old Trafford test looks like a draw due to the notorious English weather. However, I am sure India will win at the Oval. I predict Ashwin to take a 10 wicket haul. Remember Oval is friendly to spinners usually. That doesn't mean India should wait for the Oval test. Even with unpredictable weather, this English batting lineup can collapse like a pack of cards. Get Aaron and Ashwin in there and get them out cheaply. Their bowling is bound to struggle there. Anderson and Broad have very poor averages here and Jordan and Woakes are not wicket takers anyway. India won't fail against Moeen Ali again. So I predict India batsmen to make merry. Dhawan (if selected), Kohli, and Pujara to score centuries. Let's go for 3-1 boys.

  • on August 6, 2014, 20:03 GMT

    Dhoni should surely pick Varun to trouble the english top order with pace (145+kmph) & bounce, Pankaj & Bhuvi/Ishwar to concentrate on swing, line & length (135+kmph), Ashwin for spin & to cope up english left handers.. 6 batmen are Gambhir for experience, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, Binny/jadeja the allrounder slot..

  • vj_gooner on August 6, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    Question - Why should Varun Aaron not play?

    Answer - He shouldn't play because he hasn't played since his debut in 2011.

    Brilliant!

  • Indiaforever on August 6, 2014, 19:45 GMT

    Would have preferred Shami to give way to Aaron but as long as Aaron plays I am happy. Time for the top 4 to step up, especially Pujara and Kohli. Dhoni's captaincy will be on watch by all of us fans and hopefully he can be more attacking. Come on India!!!

  • on August 6, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    india still confident about their player form's. the 4th test proves how much capable of pujara and kohli..the both took india to a victory or draw (if situation) on their own shoulder...good luck india....also gauti should have a chance in this test with ashwin in place of dhawan and rohit...ashwin is a handy batsmen...

  • on August 6, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    Ashwin to bat below Jadeja? that is ridiculous...

  • SajithaD on August 6, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    @Rajesh_india_1990, In some articles you call subcontinent pitches for being not bouncy pitches and the SL/PAK are flat track bullies...And here you say "Australian team can play only in bouncy tracks"... And India goes to England and loss to Anderson(Fast Bowler) and Moeen Ali(Spinner)... Its ok mate, but can you name some place India can play and win (not bouncy, not spin friendly)... Media hype got you guys, If you really want open your eyes, go statguru and search grounds for highest average of draws and that may surprise you..

  • on August 6, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    Indian cricket sadly is looking down the barrel, the Dhawan, Pujara, Sharma and possibly kohli too, who were being termed as legend in the making have proven to be mere flukes.

  • wolf777 on August 6, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    Two spinners of the "pacy Old Trafford? Why?

  • on August 6, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    Lot of changes are needed in Indian side.

    1. Being a fastest pitch in this tournament so far, This pitch is going to assist quality fast bowlers and Finn is certain in this pitch.

    So India must select those who can play fast bowlers well.

    Dhawan.. Big no no... he is nicking the ball quite often these days. Jadeja.. no no... I don't think two spinners are required in this pitch. Nama Ojha.. No. He has come recently and still need to adjust to the conditions.

    Varun Aoron.. Defnitely Yes... He is fastest bowler at present in the team. Bhuvneswar.. Yes.. He is best bowler at present in the team. Shami.. Yes.. He appears to got his rhythm back finally(He troubled batsman in nets yesterday)

    Finally team should be:

    M.Vijay, Ghambir, Pujara, Rohit, Rahane, Kohli, Dhoni, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Shami, Aoron

    Ghambir... Not sure hw he will perform but since a experienced player can at-least wear for some time until the ball becomes old.

    Expect plenty of bouncers and reverse swing in this pitch.

  • on August 6, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    I expect India will struggle to even save a match in the remaining 2 tests. Batting is causing serious problems which they haven't expected before the series start. Bowling was always a concern. Ishanth came handy in one test which I consider was a luck. But his presence will bolster the bowling attack, but again he can't win one more test unless shami contributes.

  • on August 6, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    India should just play with 5 genuine bowlers... Batsmen have to come to terms... If 6 batsmen cannot do it for you, the 7th won't do it either... And please hold onto your catches... Catches win matches.... Dhawan, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Varun, Pankaj.....

  • gurwinkle on August 6, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    India's limit is to score 300 or 350 against England. If someone plays really well then probably India can reach more. Similarly in Australia, India's limits are 250 to 300

  • mzm149 on August 6, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    Rajesh_india_1990: South Africa is no doubt the best test side because they have not lost a series in last 8 years except to Australia this year and that too at home. So this tells that Australia is the only team which has given tough time to South Africa and they are well deservedly second best side. Even though two weeks back they were the best side in the world. On what basis do you call India second best side? Have they beaten South Africa? No. Have they won outside home recently? No. In fact the numbers 0-4 (England), 0-4 (Australia), 0-1 (South Africa) and 0-1 (New Zealand) I gave you earlier tell completely different story i.e. India cannot play on fast, bouncy, seaming and swing tracks outside sub continent. In fact they were whitewashed. Moreover they lost on square turners against England at home. How can they be second best side. Please use some logic. There is a 'daylight' between what you want them to be and what they actually are.

  • on August 6, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    I am remembering last series against England in India last year. 5 ODI series. India were leading 3-1. After failure of first three ODIs Dhoni sudden asked Rohit to open the innings at Mohali in place of Rahane. And Rohit played match winning knock of 84. Then in CT in England MSD again gambled and send Rohit ahead of Vijay with Dhavan and India made histry, won CT with best opening combination if Rohit - Dhavan. Tommorow there is a hint, Dhoni may again gamble trying Rohit as opener. Gambhir is not selected in ODIs means Gambhir is not contender for WC. So for Dhoni Gautam is not important player. If Rohit comes as opener, Ashvin will automatically comes in as fifth bowler. So I think Dhoni may take Ashwin in place of Dhavan. Opening partnener of Vijay can be fullfilled either by Rohit or even Pujara. Droping Rohit is not a sensible move concedering forthcoming ODI series. Last year in CT Rohit played superbly at opening. Handled top class bowlers in English conditions. ATB Rohit/ Ind

  • sheru-sher on August 6, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    India will play for a draw and will get good latee..

  • sheru-sher on August 6, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    Team for India in 4th Test that will ensure win 1. S. Gavaskar 2.Ravi Shastri 3. S Ganguly 4 SR Tendulkar 5 R Dravid 6. VVS Laxman 7. S Kirmani (wkp) 8 Kapil Dev 9 . J Shrinath 10. Kumble 11.K Ghavri

  • JustIPL on August 6, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    Kohli has to prove he belongs in tests while pujara has not come upto expectations. Bhuvi/VJ have emerged largely due to wide bowling by english pacers and Bhuvi had no clue against turning ball in second innings of last test. England's big four are the major difference in the two sides.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on August 6, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    @abhijeetkumar Stable,unstable...reversible,irreversible....then what? stop talking about chemistry here....Australian team can play only in bouncy tracks...last time they toured India they were beaten by 4-0..last time they toured England they were beaten by 3-0...Don't overrate average teams like Australia..Best test teams are SA followed by India followed by daylight.....cricinfo please publish

  • on August 6, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    There are people here who cannot hold a bat properly and are commenting on things Dhoni ought to do. If Dhoni started listening to everybody then the team composition would change faster than the English weather. Remember how everyone was talking about dropping Ishant. Now the bowling attack seems listless without him. And remember that it was Binny who saved the 1st Test for us. Dhoni's instinct has gotten him this far. He should trust it and go all out to attack England. Looking forward to the 4th Test.

  • B.R.K.R on August 6, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    1.vijay 2.pujara 3.rahane 4.gambhir 5.kohli 6.rohit 7.dhoni 8.ashwin 9.bhuvi 10.pankaj 11.aaron

  • subcontinent-expert on August 6, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    @mzm149- Nope..!! 1-3 win for England won't happen this time though 1-2 win can happen if India doesnot show any fight... If miracle happens then 1-2 win for Indians but still no team will win both tests as I doubt about RAIN.....

  • CricketChat on August 6, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    Ind team carried one too many batting passengers in this series (Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli) while Vijay, Rahane, Dhoni on avg succeeded once every 2 innings. Rohit flopped in the only test he played thus far. So, batting form does not inspire any confidence going into 4th test. The less said about the bowling, the better. I expect another thrashing from Eng and wholesale changes in next test for India.

  • CodandChips on August 6, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    Come on England. Keep it going. Good win at Southampton. Now please don't make it one step forward and five steps back.

    Forget the off-field shenanigans and stick to the important stuff: the cricket.

    To be honest any of the possible six results for this series wouldn't surprise me. Both teams have combined encouraging and hopeless cricket.

    What I do know is that the lack of DRS and the abundance of dropped catches have had their say and will probably continue to do so.

    I wonder how long Broad and Anderson can keep going, especially with the world cup coming up. Also worth a mention that in 2015 England are playing cricket in every month! Utterly ridiculous.

    Stokes was the best English bowler at Lord's, so I wouldn't mind him playing. Woakes bowled well at the Ageas Bowl but didn't take any wickets. Interesting selection tomorrow. Finn on his day can be very exciting.

  • on August 6, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    Play 5 bowlers

  • finetune on August 6, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    India needs to strengthen in all the department. Gambhir and Vijay need to do well and stay on the crease for at least 25 to 30 overs to negate the strength of new ball bowlers. its high time pujara and kohli get big runs, rahane needs to carry on his good job.dhoni,ashwin,jaddu and bhuvi need to chip in with the bat. for this match i will drop shami for Aaron and give one more chance to pankaj. slip fielding will be good with ashwin and gambhir coming in to the team.bowlers will not get tired as ashwin and jaddu will be covering most of the overs. fast bowlers specially Aaron needs to operate in short bursts and bowl wicket taking deliveries. Bhuvi will surely get 5 for in this match. hope pankaj will restrict runs from english men and chip in with wickets to his name.

  • imAbhishek14 on August 6, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    Cheteshwar Pujara is 160 runs away from reaching the 2000-run landmark in Tests while Kohli needs 178 to get there.... Hope they will cross the landmark in this Match......

  • subcontinent-expert on August 6, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    Of the 3 changes that all fans and experts are hoping to happen, if Dhoni fails to do even 1 of them, then expect ACTION_REPLAY of 3rd test here... Better to loose with 5 bowlers than 4...

  • mzm149 on August 6, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    Come on England. Crush them again. Make it 1-3.

  • Waves239 on August 6, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    Both teams lost their respective matches against some quality spells produced by bowlers accepted. Bhuvi, Ishant stood for India's cause whereas Jimmy and Ali done it for England. One more important factor to win the test matches is making the opposition feel the scoreboard pressure. This is passive way but useful one to help the bowler's cause.

    Jadeja, Binny comes in the category of bits and pieces at least for now. When was the last time India played defensive spinner? On the green Headingly top vs England in 2002, India went on with 2 attacking spinners and 2 fast bowlers got the favorable result after posting big.

    If I am Dhoni I will look for variety in the fast bowling department and have a spinner who can pick wickets and puts responsibility on six batsman saying batting is our strength and we need to come hard! This seems best play having not blessed with genuine all-rounder.

    My XI: Gambhir, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Rohit, Dhoni, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Aaron, Pandey

  • mzm149 on August 6, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    @Rajesh_india_1990: Have you forgotten 0-4 in England, 0-4 in Australia, 0-1 in South Africa, 0-1 in New Zealand and 1-2 against England at home? Keep on living in a dream.

  • on August 6, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    @Rajesh_India_1990. Ha ha going off your logic then India should be ranked 9th in world as 1 measly test win away in nearly 4 years is just laughable as the whole laughs at India outside of India.

  • ak928 on August 6, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    @ GRVJPR........The australian team that lost 4-0 to india was an unstable australian side that was rebulding at that point......now they are stronger.........much much stronger.........

  • man90 on August 6, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    It seems to be an evenly matched contest with England and India taking a match each. I look forward for ashwin coming in for Jadeja, Gambhir in place of Dhawan and Ishwar in place of Shami as Pankaj deserves another chance. If Bhuvi is not fit, please dont play him and add him into long list of Injury hit players who vanished after a single series/test. With respect to batting one slot ahead will make the batsman little uncomfortable.

    England needs to make just one change, drop jordan and bring in either of Finn or Stokes as Jordan was off colour in the previous match with his bowling.

    Indians come out hard after adverse situations. I hope they perform well.

    All the best to India and England.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on August 6, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    @yorkshirepudding. ICC rankings never reflect true story..Best test teams are 1.SA 2.India 3.England 4.Newzland 5.Australia 6.west indies 7.Zimbabwe 8.Pakistan 9.Srilanka 10.Bangladesh...These are the true rankings..Every honest cricket fans will agree this...

  • Texmex on August 6, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    best Dhoni can do is bring fresh seamers to replace Bhuvi (tired) and Shami

  • man90 on August 6, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    It seems to be an evenly matched contest with England and India taking a match each. I look forward for ashwin coming in for Jadeja, Gambhir in place of Dhawan and Ishwar in place of Shami as Pankaj deserves another chance. If Bhuvi is not fit, please dont play him and add him into long list of Injury hit players who vanished after a single series/test. With respect to batting one slot ahead will make the batsman little uncomfortable.

    England needs to make just one change, drop jordan and bring in either of Finn or Stokes as Jordan was off colour in the previous match with his bowling.

    Indians come out hard after adverse situations. I hope they perform well.

    All the best to India and England.

  • crikhardcore on August 6, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    Bemused by the fact that no one is even talking about dropping Shami.Dhoni had admitted that Pankaj was luckless last game,so why drop him??Shami has been quite listless for some time now and it's an absolute no-brainer for me as to who should make way for Aaron.

  • brusselslion on August 6, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    Clearly, the captaincy is still weighing heavily upon Cook's shoulders: "..At the start of this game it's nil-all..". Errr..

    @Rajesh_india_1990: "Got a win against this Indian team is a rare achievement for any team let alone England." You might like to take a look at the statistics page on this site. These victories against India aren't quite as rare as you think ESPECIALLY for England!

  • on August 6, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    @Grvjpr. India are looking down the rankings as NZ and the WI will be above India very soon , you still hurting over the 2003 World Cup final? Australia beat your mob 4-0 in OZ with the worst Australian team in history so what does that say about India?

  • B.R.K.R on August 6, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    1.vijay 2.pujara 3.gambhir 4.kohli 5.rahane 6.rohit 7.dhoni 8.ashwin 9.bhuvi 10.pankaj 11.aaron

  • on August 6, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    Ishwar pandey can bowl well here

  • MarkTaffin on August 6, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    If England want to go with their best, fittest team (from those in the 13) Finn and Stokes must come in;. Finn to do the job Plunkett was pencilled in for and Stokes for Jordan. Might seem unfair on Jordan, back out again after just one game, but he never should have been recalled ahead of Stokes at the Ageas, just isn't one of the best four quicks. Same goes for Woakes, though he's ahead of Jordan in the pecking order.

  • on August 6, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    Best Playing 11 for India is GG, Murali Vijay, Pujara, Rahane, VK, MSD, Ashwin, Kumar, Shami, Binny & Jadeja,

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on August 6, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    Now that we're more sensibly close to the start of the game, perhaps it's O.K. to talk about the weather here. The predicted forecast has chopped and changed over the interim from last game, but Arun Bose's predictions for this game at least are looking much more likely now. I'm beginning to doubt there's going to be enough game time to take 20 wickets unfortunately. For that reason, I'm just wondering if there's much point in running guys like Broad and Anderson into the ground? Would it not be best to let them continue rest and build themselves up for an epic performance in the final game? It would be a fantastic opportunity for the likes of Finn to come back and show what he's all about these days. People are quite welcome to argue with me that you can't/shouldn't go by the weather, but at the moment I'm saying this game has draw written all over it before a ball's even been bowled or the Indians have got their sweaters on. Sorry, but that's just the way it goes at times in U.K.

  • LAKINGSFAN on August 6, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    Waiting to see another horrible performance from Kohli and Pujara.

  • GRVJPR on August 6, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    @abhijeetkumar928, Autralia lost 0-4 in India. South africa isn't the only criteria to judge the best team. Those conditions suite australia. Australia, South Africa will be number 1 only when they can beat India in India 4-0.

  • yorkshirematt on August 6, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    Last chance to record a victory before the WC. Has the fifth Test been cancelled then?

  • PPL11 on August 6, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    Two spinners? really? Do india think its going to be rank turner from day 1? and they will take all the wickets with spin? 4 Faster and Ashwin as a spinner would be rather good choice !! but does this really matter? DHONI MUST REALIZE THIS !!

  • B.R.K.R on August 6, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    i think irfan pathan would have been a good choice for the seaming all rounder role in england

  • ak928 on August 6, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    Australia defeated SA in SA.....which other teams cant even think of doing.......so they are the best test team in the world at the moment......along with SA(these two are far ahead than others)

  • on August 6, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    India like to play xi 1.vijay 2.Gambhir 3.Pujara 4.Rahane 5.kohli 6.ms dhoni 7.aswin 8.jadeja 9.Kumar 10.shami 11.varun aaron.kholi should perform at5 plz

  • on August 6, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    I heard that Broad may be rested...I think he should be, because he was struggling in southampton but it is upto Cook and ECB.. For India, pushing everyone a slot higher would be rubbish.It will unsettle the team more.If they dont want to play Gambhir, ask Rohit to open because the present middle order can do well without him, as in Lords. But I prefer Gambhir because someone who can stand long and score big, like him in his good old days, can take some pressure off the middle order. Ashwin may be tried but dont ask Bhuvi to play if he is not fit..Get Ishwar in or use both Pankaj and Aaron...Hope India can bounce back...Best of Luck

  • on August 6, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    Best playing XI.. GG, Murli Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Rohit Sharma, MSD, Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Pankaj Singh, Varun Aaron.. Dhawan, Jadeja and Shami miss their places as they are not performing. Changes are inevitable wen nuin is going yur way.

  • YorkshirePudding on August 6, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    @Rajesh_india_1990,no they arnt, according to the ICC rankings, its SA, Aus, Pakistan, India and England. in that order.

    England and India are both about even.

  • on August 6, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    Last chnce for victory before the 2015 World Cup or the 2015 Ashes.

  • Balladeer on August 6, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    Chris Woakes - so good, he's in the line-up twice!

  • on August 6, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    The last time India played a test at Old Trafford, Sachin Tendulkar was yet to hit an international hundred. He has scored 100 100s since with the first one coming at this ground. Life comes a full circle for Indian cricket!!

  • on August 6, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    It seems. ...India is in disarray as they likely to go for double change where the batting can go more worse for them and England is getting back confidence which means they are ready to repeat the last test performance.

  • nainil0683 on August 6, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    Enough of Shikhar Dhawan. Time for Gambhir to roar back to his slot. Hope Dhoni gives Pankaj another chance. He bowled well but was unlucky not to get Cook caught by Jadeja. Good Luck India!!!!!!!!

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on August 6, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    well india is the best test team after southAfrica at the moment....So india will easily win this series...Got a win against this Indian team is a rare achievement for any team let alone England....Anyway congratulations India ..

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on August 6, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    well india is the best test team after southAfrica at the moment....So india will easily win this series...Got a win against this Indian team is a rare achievement for any team let alone England....Anyway congratulations India ..

  • nainil0683 on August 6, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    Enough of Shikhar Dhawan. Time for Gambhir to roar back to his slot. Hope Dhoni gives Pankaj another chance. He bowled well but was unlucky not to get Cook caught by Jadeja. Good Luck India!!!!!!!!

  • on August 6, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    It seems. ...India is in disarray as they likely to go for double change where the batting can go more worse for them and England is getting back confidence which means they are ready to repeat the last test performance.

  • on August 6, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    The last time India played a test at Old Trafford, Sachin Tendulkar was yet to hit an international hundred. He has scored 100 100s since with the first one coming at this ground. Life comes a full circle for Indian cricket!!

  • Balladeer on August 6, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    Chris Woakes - so good, he's in the line-up twice!

  • on August 6, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    Last chnce for victory before the 2015 World Cup or the 2015 Ashes.

  • YorkshirePudding on August 6, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    @Rajesh_india_1990,no they arnt, according to the ICC rankings, its SA, Aus, Pakistan, India and England. in that order.

    England and India are both about even.

  • on August 6, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    Best playing XI.. GG, Murli Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Rohit Sharma, MSD, Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Pankaj Singh, Varun Aaron.. Dhawan, Jadeja and Shami miss their places as they are not performing. Changes are inevitable wen nuin is going yur way.

  • on August 6, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    I heard that Broad may be rested...I think he should be, because he was struggling in southampton but it is upto Cook and ECB.. For India, pushing everyone a slot higher would be rubbish.It will unsettle the team more.If they dont want to play Gambhir, ask Rohit to open because the present middle order can do well without him, as in Lords. But I prefer Gambhir because someone who can stand long and score big, like him in his good old days, can take some pressure off the middle order. Ashwin may be tried but dont ask Bhuvi to play if he is not fit..Get Ishwar in or use both Pankaj and Aaron...Hope India can bounce back...Best of Luck

  • on August 6, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    India like to play xi 1.vijay 2.Gambhir 3.Pujara 4.Rahane 5.kohli 6.ms dhoni 7.aswin 8.jadeja 9.Kumar 10.shami 11.varun aaron.kholi should perform at5 plz