India in England 2014 August 10, 2014

Broad included in unchanged England squad

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England have named an unchanged squad for the fifth Test at The Oval, starting on Friday, with Stuart Broad included despite suffering a fractured nose when batting at Old Trafford on Saturday. Broad tweeted a picture of his injury, which required stitches and a trip to hospital, on Sunday morning and suggested he could play while wearing a protective mask.

Liam Plunkett was not deemed fit enough to return to the 13-man squad, meaning that Steven Finn keeps his place and could make a return to the Test side if Broad isn't risked. Plunkett, who played the first four Tests of the summer, was rested for England's win at the Ageas Bowl and was then ruled out with an ankle injury.

Broad was struck by a Varun Aaron bouncer that squeezed between the grille and peak of his helmet. He retired hurt, and bloodied, taking no part in India's second innings as the tourists were dismissed in 43 overs to give England an innings victory and a 2-1 lead in the series.

Speaking after the close, England captain Alastair Cook was hopeful that Broad would recover in time for the Oval Test. Broad is expected to have knee surgery at the end of the series, due to tendonitis, but Peter Moores, England's head coach, said Broad would play as long as the medical staff passed him fit, rather than take the opportunity to end his season early. Providing Broad did not suffer concussion, which has recently become a high-profile issue in several contact sports, he could be free to play with the added protection of a plastic face mask, such as those worn by a number of footballers.

"We'll see what the specialist says but my thought is that, if he's fit and there's no risk to him, we will play him," Moores said. "It is a big game at The Oval and we want to play him. He may end up playing in one of those football face masks."

England were not restricted by Broad's absence, despite James Anderson also suffering from illness, as Moeen Ali picked up four more wickets to take his series tally to 19. But although Chris Woakes started the collapse by removing M Vijay and Chris Jordan took two in two balls to finish the innings, England's back-up seamers only managed one other wicket between them over the two Test victories in Southampton and Manchester.

Woakes has two wickets at 129.50 from his three Tests - though he has bowled better than those numbers suggest against India - and Jordan has looked out of rhythm since coming back into the side. Ben Stokes, who played at Trent Bridge and Lord's but was dropped after making three successive ducks, remains an option, though he has only played 50-over cricket since then; Finn is continuing his rehabilitation after drastically losing his way on the Ashes tour but was expensive in a one-day appearance for the Lions on Friday.

Plunkett will not be considered as he continues to manage an ankle problem. He bowled with Yorkshire on Saturday but there was still some swelling and the county will examine his progress in Scarborough, where they play two Royal London Cup fixtures next week.

"Liam is pain-free and about to start bowling at 50%, but it is quite a tight time frame in terms of his availability for The Oval," Moores said.

The Oval will also provide an opportunity for Sam Robson to ensure he stays in the selectors' thoughts, with an almost eight-month gap until England play another Test. Robson is virtually a first-class specialist and will not be involved in England's plans for the World Cup but, after scoring a century and half-century in his first three Tests, his progress has stalled. England have stuck with him, however, rather than look at a number of potential options at opener, such as Michael Carberry, Nick Compton or Adam Lyth.

"Sam had an area where they have attacked him around off stump and he has got out a few times," Moores said. "Now he has been challenged, the key is how he responds. He can draw on the fact that he made a fantastic hundred at Headingley and he got a bit of a template of how he can play. That tells him he can play."

England squad: Alastair Cook (capt), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Chris Jordan, Sam Robson, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes

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  • Samdanh on August 13, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    @Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist: Let us wait and see who has moved on - India or England after the last Test this series; and also how strong your personal perspective is after the final test this series and final Test of series in Aus. If continuous defeats overseas does not pain, it is something else altogether!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 13, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    @Samdanh, move-on mate. That loss is past now. We need to look to the future and at least my last comment looks to the future. After all it's a game. You lose some and you win some. It'll hurt for a while and then you move-on. You can't say the same with nose, life, head, arms etc once they are badly damaged! I think the blow to his nose must really hurt. So, get some perspective mate. Physical injuries are more painful and that threat shakes you up! Our bodies and life are more important than any damn result in a game! Broad must be a shaken man now which is good for India. If Varun can instill that fear in a couple of batsmen and indeed injure one more bowler, then that'll be a huge advantage for India as the match progresses.

  • on August 13, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    What ever indian said they gonna experience a 3-1 defeat here..

  • Samdanh on August 13, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    Pity Indian fans here who are airing bravado at the injury caused to Broad. Injury and pain caused by the innings defeat, despite Broad not returning to bowl in the India second innings, and Anderson bowling just a few, should be more hurting to all India fans. It is quite apparent from some of their views aired here. Pathetic, to say the least

  • Beertjie on August 12, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    OK it's a plastic face mask so no funny comments about the man in the iron mask. Still, I'll wager a quid it'll prove more durable than Cook's "steel'!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 12, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    Good to know that he is doing ok. I wish him a speedy and complete recovery. Having said that, Indian pacers should target bouncers towards at least one more bowler on the England side; injure him just so much that he can't bowl for the rest of the match. If Broad plays (there's no way he is going to play - he is no Anil Kumble), then he should be targeted again ruthlessly. I'm sure England pacers will try and do the same to our bowlers.

  • MasterBlaster100 on August 12, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    This sounds a dangerous idea. Broad took a forceful blow in the head and should take a mandatory 8 count. Thank Broad for his efforts all summer and let him recover and then undergo the pending knee surgery. To play him at the Oval with all that bruising, a broken nose and possibly mild concussion sounds dangerous. England should do the best by Broad and leave him out.

  • on August 12, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    @JG2704..hehe good point...any one would get injured if hit on the nose with hard cork leather ball bowled by any bowler,,,and it does not reflect the quality of that bowler...silly thinking by some people,,,yes

  • on August 12, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    "Never underestimate Indian fast bowlers" - hmm, perhaps, Broad might have been hit but not many wickets were by such great fast bowlers in that last test I seem to recall.

  • mzm149 on August 11, 2014, 19:44 GMT

    I would love to see Broad bowl even a nastier bouncer at Varun Aaron.

  • Samdanh on August 13, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    @Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist: Let us wait and see who has moved on - India or England after the last Test this series; and also how strong your personal perspective is after the final test this series and final Test of series in Aus. If continuous defeats overseas does not pain, it is something else altogether!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 13, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    @Samdanh, move-on mate. That loss is past now. We need to look to the future and at least my last comment looks to the future. After all it's a game. You lose some and you win some. It'll hurt for a while and then you move-on. You can't say the same with nose, life, head, arms etc once they are badly damaged! I think the blow to his nose must really hurt. So, get some perspective mate. Physical injuries are more painful and that threat shakes you up! Our bodies and life are more important than any damn result in a game! Broad must be a shaken man now which is good for India. If Varun can instill that fear in a couple of batsmen and indeed injure one more bowler, then that'll be a huge advantage for India as the match progresses.

  • on August 13, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    What ever indian said they gonna experience a 3-1 defeat here..

  • Samdanh on August 13, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    Pity Indian fans here who are airing bravado at the injury caused to Broad. Injury and pain caused by the innings defeat, despite Broad not returning to bowl in the India second innings, and Anderson bowling just a few, should be more hurting to all India fans. It is quite apparent from some of their views aired here. Pathetic, to say the least

  • Beertjie on August 12, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    OK it's a plastic face mask so no funny comments about the man in the iron mask. Still, I'll wager a quid it'll prove more durable than Cook's "steel'!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 12, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    Good to know that he is doing ok. I wish him a speedy and complete recovery. Having said that, Indian pacers should target bouncers towards at least one more bowler on the England side; injure him just so much that he can't bowl for the rest of the match. If Broad plays (there's no way he is going to play - he is no Anil Kumble), then he should be targeted again ruthlessly. I'm sure England pacers will try and do the same to our bowlers.

  • MasterBlaster100 on August 12, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    This sounds a dangerous idea. Broad took a forceful blow in the head and should take a mandatory 8 count. Thank Broad for his efforts all summer and let him recover and then undergo the pending knee surgery. To play him at the Oval with all that bruising, a broken nose and possibly mild concussion sounds dangerous. England should do the best by Broad and leave him out.

  • on August 12, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    @JG2704..hehe good point...any one would get injured if hit on the nose with hard cork leather ball bowled by any bowler,,,and it does not reflect the quality of that bowler...silly thinking by some people,,,yes

  • on August 12, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    "Never underestimate Indian fast bowlers" - hmm, perhaps, Broad might have been hit but not many wickets were by such great fast bowlers in that last test I seem to recall.

  • mzm149 on August 11, 2014, 19:44 GMT

    I would love to see Broad bowl even a nastier bouncer at Varun Aaron.

  • JG2704 on August 11, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    @Sathish Chandran on (August 11, 2014, 17:16 GMT) You talk like Broad was trying to header it away. What a silly comment. Any ball delivered from ANY fast bowler from ANY country can do damage if it hits a batsman in the face

  • on August 11, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    This is what happens if you keep underestimating Indian fast bowlers. Aaron and Yadav can hit 150 km/hr which can easily match up to Johnson's pace. I would say Broad was very lucky to not have any serious injury. With that duck shaped helmet, he could have easily lost his eye. Never underestimate Indian fast bowlers.

  • anver777 on August 11, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    Seems to be a nasty cut...... if he plays at the Oval, it will be a real brave decision for him.... wish him a speedy recovery !!!!

  • YorkshirePudding on August 11, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    @JG2704, I do think that Broad wont be risked in the next game and Finn is the likely replacement.

  • _bjb_ on August 11, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    I can just see Broad roaring in to deliver a bouncer, complete with Hannibal Lecter face mask.

  • JG2704 on August 11, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (August 10, 2014, 16:28 GMT) I would probably agree with your views here although I think Woakes hasn't done so much wrong if we say he's a batting all rounder (which is what he's become) as opposed to a bowling all rounder. But I think it's hard to justify batting him at number 8 if we have someone with bigger threat in the bowling dept. However if we have Jos at 7 , Jordan at 8 and Broad at 9 we shouldn't be thinking any more batting depth so I wonder wether Finn may be better than Stokes?

  • ManoharanRK on August 11, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    Hello All, I just wanted to add up to 'Gurusind' & 'Serious-am-i's write up. I still remember that particular test when Lanka DeSilva was injured, he for sure was wearing an helmet with grill. Srinath was at his peak and steaming up. A short on pitched outside the off stump and jagged in at Chest height & still deviating inwards. DeSilva had very less time. He wanted to let it go and ducked down a bit. He didnt have a chance & got straight on his grill & immediately fell down. Poor guy, he was considered to be an aggressive batsman/keeper. After this injury his test career was over and never to be seen. I have been playing cricket since last 30 yrs or so at club level games. But I never go the field without an helmet. Always checked the gap between the peak and the grill. Look at the case of Keiswetter's injury, it is scary. He had a big gap through which the ball smashed his cheek bone & blinded him. You can trust your batting capabilities but please have some respect for the cherry.

  • YorkshirePudding on August 11, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    Some interesting points, in the end this type of event happens once in a while, most of the time the ball will be stopped by the grill, in this instance it looked as if the grill deflected the ball up, into the mask as it struck the grill at the right point, an inch lower and the grill would have stopped it, an inch higher an it would have hit the peak or the top of the helmet.

    The problem with filling that gap with Perspex or something else is that it will distort the batsman's view, especially on the flick between the ground and straight a head as you will get a mild Refraction effect, and so end up misjudging the balls line even more.

  • landl47 on August 11, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    @Chris_P: I played my cricket in the days before helmets (I'm 66), so I'm not an expert. However, I believe that there are helmets with a design that would have prevented the ball going through the gap. He'd probably still have been zapped, but not injured to the same extent. He's a tailender who can slog or block, but doesn't have much technique against the short ball , which is why he's batting #10. He doesn't have the technique to sway inside the ball as a top-order batsman should (although some don't, as Moeen's struggles indicate). His helmet should be designed to prevent serious injury, since tailenders these days are fair game.

    @eggyroe: I was at Lord's in the late 1970s when Ian Gould was felled by a bouncer from Colin Croft. No helmets then, and I honestly thought Gould had been killed. He was taken to hospital and fortunately recovered but it was very scary to see. The use of helmets is the best innovation in cricket in my lifetime.

  • gurusInd on August 11, 2014, 3:18 GMT

    @ serious-am-i: Please check the below link. Lanka De Silva wore a helmet with grill. The bouncer from Srinath broke the grill and smacked him and he had ten stitches on his cheek, it was more brutal hit than this. Also its Test not ODI may be you are referring to some other occasion. Yeah I agree, but like Broad even Sangakkara was wearing the similar Ayrtek helmet in ODIs guess now he has changed, if not he may think of changing.. http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/153366.html

  • Sexysteven on August 11, 2014, 2:48 GMT

    Why would you risk broad at the oval you have the advantage he might as well get his op done now I think surely they don't need broad for this last test they are more then capable of winning without him give Finn or stokes ago they adecent bowlers I think it would do England and the backup bowlers good having to take more responsibility with the ball so they don't have to rely on broad and Anderson to much so by playing broad in the long term they are hurting themselves cos at some point broad and Anderson will get along term injury so now would of been the right time to find out if the backup bowlers can step up and take responsibility without having broad but England being England being stubborn once more they think they know best but cry and moan as you usual do when you lose the ashes next year the opportunity is here when they should be trying to get more out of the support bowlers cos they all need to do there bit if they want to win the ashes

  • jmcilhinney on August 11, 2014, 2:23 GMT

    @1_234 on (August 10, 2014, 15:04 GMT), I take it that you've never seen the type of mask they're talking about. It is clear Perspex or similar material and you'd barely notice it. It would be less distracting than Jadeja's sunglasses.

    My biggest concern is that Broad will be fit for the match but will have to have rested so much beforehand that he'll be a bit rusty.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on August 11, 2014, 2:06 GMT

    Move over Batman,spiderman,tarzan! The new caped crusader is here!!! Suart Cristopher Broad. With the Indians firmly in his sights!!-:)

  • Chris_P on August 10, 2014, 23:48 GMT

    @landl47. Re:helmets. They are designed very well and can withstand tremendous impact & have no doubt the test players versions are even stronger than the ones I use. There is a space, at eye level, that is kept clear to help batsmen have a clear sight of balls without distractions. This is usually narrower than the ball, but, at a specific angle and with velicity, the ball can squeeze though, albeit at reduced pace due to the partial blockage. As @eggyroe pointed out, technique was the biggest issue here as Broad simply doesn't move across far enough to get inside the line of the ball. At the Gabba he got clocked by Johnson & replaced the helmet with carberry's (now that was an ugly helmet!). The blow was higher up and glancing resulting in no injury, the helmet served its purpose. Broad does stand in line with the ball and swats really hard, law of averages means he is going to miss hitting it sooner or later. Cheers. Cricinfo, please publish.

  • Buggsy on August 10, 2014, 20:07 GMT

    @1_234 - I seriously doubt he'll be wearing a mask while bowling! It's for batting only.

  • nursery_ender on August 10, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    Posted by serious-am-i on (August 10, 2014, 17:34 GMT) at least now this will open the brains of those who use such funny helmets, helmet is not just to protect head, its for protecting entire face..

    True, but there inevitably has to be a trade-off between protection and practicality. I could design (well I couldn't but someone could) a helmet that gave 100% protection but if you can't see the ball properly through it or it's too heavy to wear comfortably it's no good for batting.

    Just like batting gloves don't fully protect against broken fingers because of the need to be able to hold the bat properly.

  • Guernica on August 10, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    @1_234 - Why would a face mask be any more distracting than a bowler wearing sunglasses or a load of sunblock? I don't think it's going to be a comedy face mask or anything like that.

  • serious-am-i on August 10, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    @gurusInd: Lanka De Silva got hit in an ODI, which was played in whites not a test match. If I recall, Lanka De Silva remained not out in all the innings he played on the tour, including this retired hurt moment. Lanka De Silva wore a helmet with no grill while Stuart Broad wore sci-fi helmet, at least now this will open the brains of those who use such funny helmets, helmet is not just to protect head, its for protecting entire face..

  • on August 10, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    Says something about how off form the rest of England's seamers are that a bionic Stuart Broad is a better option than someone who's actually 100% fit.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on August 10, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    Gut feeling is that England will be rather boring and stick with exactly the same side. England never change their batters during a series (unless there's a sudden injury) so I don't understand why people are so surprised that other openers like Lyth and Hales haven't been considered. But with the bowling: who cares if Stokes is struggling with the bat - get him in there for his bowling only; I'm pleased Woakes got the chances he deserved, but at the moment Stokes looks the more threatening. I don't usually use ODI's to gauge form for tests, but like landl47 am reluctant to bring in Finn-knee now after his uninspiring performance in the recent ODI. Jordan hasn't exactly been electric but probably deserves the priority still. I'm on the fence re. Broad... should he really be playing in his current state, as terrific as his form has been? On the other hand, he can go out with a real bang before his operation/layoff, and show us more match-winning spells! Anderson's a shoe-in.

  • whatawicket on August 10, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    many years ago in the West Indies if memory serves me, Mike Gatting got hit by the late Malcolm Marshall. Not for the squeamish, parts of Gatts nose was found embedded in the bowl.

  • whirlaway on August 10, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    I think England will bring in Stokes /Finn for Broad. Anderson, Finn/Woakes will open the bowling with Woakes/Stokes, Jordan and Ali to follow.

  • Pritt32 on August 10, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    Irrespective whether Broad plays or not, India will lose the match. They fell like dominoes at Old Trafford and everyone laughing at them. They need to focus on cricket rather than punishing Anderson. The focus has been lost due to of field events. Oval is a flat pitch and England will score a mammoth total and Indian batmen will collaspe. It is becoming predictable just like 2011 tour. Embarrassing for Indian fans to watch. These jokers only interested in ipl and bollywood. No passion and no spirits at all. I am ashamed.

  • on August 10, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    Not sure a face mask should be that much of a distraction to the Indian batsmen. Maybe that's been the problem with them all along. Pay more attention to the ball, not the face of the bloke delivering it!

  • 1_234 on August 10, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    Face mask could be a distraction for batsmen, in my opinion it should not be allowed. Moreover, there is not doubt about Broad's commitment for English cricket, however he should take rest and let his wound heal, i am sure England has some quality bowlers at their disposal e.g Finn.

  • StJohn on August 10, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    I agree with land147 - the ball clearly shouldn't be able to fit between the helmet rim and the grille. Mind you, the helmet Broad's been wearing does look like an odd shape - somewhere between something out of a sci fi film and a coal scuttle.

    I thought Plunkett's looked good, so shame he's injured too. But apart from Plunkett, England's back up seam bowling cupboard looks a bit bare: without Anderson and Broad (and Ali), I'm not sure England can take 20 wickets in Tests on a regular basis.

  • gurusInd on August 10, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    Oh looks nasty, this reminds me the lethal bouncer from Srinath to Lanka De Silva during 90s test against Sri Lanka. Hope Broad will recover soon.,

  • eggyroe on August 10, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    @ Paul Rone-Clarke,if as you state if Stuart Broad was facing the likes of Mitchell Johnson or Morne Morkel he may not have put bat to ball,but if the ball is banged in at a lesser speed then you either go for it full on or you duck out the way.There is of course another way in my opinion and that is not to bother with a helmet and improve your technique against the bouncer as per Viv Richards and keeping in mind that you always keep your eye on the ball thus avoiding getting hit by the ball in the first place.

  • Toon-Harmy on August 10, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    It wasn't too much of a surprise to read England had named an unchanged squad after back-to-back wins. However, in the not-too-distant future, I'd like to see an England side line up as follows... 1) Cook 2) Hales 3) Ballance 4) Bell 5) Root 6) Stokes 7) Buttler 8) Ali 9) Broad 10) Anderson 11) Finn

  • on August 10, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    not be surprised if Finn got selected in place of Broad.

  • landl47 on August 10, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    One thing Broad should be wearing is a better helmet. Considering that helmets are designed (or should be designed) to prevent injuries like this, Broad's was obviously either poorly designed, poorly adjusted or both. Given that England has an army of support staff, somebody should have been making sure that players do not go out wearing helmets which are ineffective in preventing injuries.

    Broad's main problem is going to be breathing. If he can only breathe through his mouth he's going to be gasping for air as soon as he works hard.

    The only person in the squad who was really at risk was Robson, who has looked increasingly out of form over the last few games. Since he's being given another chance, then either England go for the more attacking option, with Stokes replacing Woakes, or stick with the same side. I really wouldn't bring Finn back for the last test; his 10 overs for 1 wicket and 68 runs in the Lions game doesn't indicate he's back to top form when the chips are down.

  • on August 10, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    Pretty basic consideration for a helmet is that it doesn't let a ball through. Given all the talk from the manufacturer over the past few months you'd think it would do at LEAST the very basics - and not letting a ball pass through the grill is about as basic as it gets. Let's not forget, this wasn't Mitchell Johnson or Morne Morkel bowling. It was a "quick-ish" delivery - many much faster bowlers have bowled much faster deliveries than that this year. If that happens at 87.8pmh - what happens at 94+? Terri9ble helmet. The manufacturers should be ashamed and questions should be asked of their suitability.

  • CodandChips on August 10, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    For India: 1.Vijay 2.Dhawan 3.Pujara 4.Rahane 5.Sharma 6.Ashwin 7.Binny/Jadeja 8.A keeper who can keep 9.Aaron (apologies if spelt wrong) 10.Sharma 11.Pankaj

    Give Kumar and Kohli rests. Dhawan dropped unfairly and prematurely.

    Dhoni has scored runs but batted irresponsibly and kept poorly and captained ok. I guess this would also act as a brief rest before ODIs and world cup preparation.

    Binny would probably be a better batsman than Jadeja, though a second spinner is always an option at the Oval.

    Jadeja is a strange one for me. His domestic batting record is outstanding. The only English batsmen who have a record close to that are James Taylor, Joe Root and Gary Ballance. You'd say that a domestic record like that would be more than worthy of a top 5 place in a batting lineup. However his intentional record has been poor. He's been ok in white-ball cricket. But his test batting has been woeful.

  • on August 10, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    I think Indians will object to someone bowling with a face mask. It is likely to be extremely distracting to the batsman. BTW, the Indians are perfectly capable of beating this England side, even with Broad. We just bounced out England 2 tests ago and if Ishant is fit, England will get the short ball treatment from both ends, Varun and Ishant. Our batting has been a collective failure and if Cook can get a 95 after a disastrous run, Virat and Pujara can get a break too. If one or two of them start firing, this England team can be beaten.

  • Shibu1981 on August 10, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    India needs to replace Gautham & Pankaj for the last test @ Oval. Dhawan should open with Vijay, in my opinion Rahane should come @ no.3 position and followed by Pujara,Kohli, Dhoni, then Aswin @ No.7, then Jadeja,Bhuvi,Varun & Ishwar pandey. Pankaj needs to know that Test matches are not like First class matches.

  • on August 10, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    India need to open with Rahane and bring Rohit Sharma to bat at 5 in for Ghambir. I would bring Ishant Sharma in for Pankaj Singh. England need to replace Chirs Woakes and Chris Jordan with Liam Plunkett and Ben Stokes as the two Chris's have struggled badly in the last two tests.

  • whatawicket on August 10, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    it was good to see the Indian players support of SB moments after the accident, show that when things like this happen all supposed hostility between the sides are forgotten. perhaps the spirit of cricket is not dead.

  • SpaMaster on August 10, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    I hope Indians are ruthless when he comes to bat at The Oval by peppering him with bouncers. I feel sorry for him for his injury, but there can't be any mercy in the cricket field. Not an inch should be given. If he wants, he can duck against all short deliveries. Just because he has a broken nose, he is not going to stop playing pull shots and cut shots, is he? I hope Indians are very clear on this regard. Last thing I want is to see him dished out nice full deliveries he would drive and hoist.

  • CodandChips on August 10, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    (continued)

    Perhaps Woakes could bat higher up the order? He's looked pretty comfortable and hasn't got out this series. He looks good. With Ali's struggles with the bat he could move down. I'd also not want Stokes too low, as I think it's not helping him.

    Of course the batting order shouldn't be too rigid. E.g. Buttler should be moved up the order if need be.

    Perhaps Finn for Jordan to bolster the bowling.

    1.Cook 2.Robson 3.Ballance 4.Bell 5.Root 6.Woakes 7.Ali 8.Stokes 9.Buttler 10.Jordan/Finn 11.Anderson

  • CodandChips on August 10, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    I really don't see the point in risking Broad. Not only does he have this facial injury, but also the knee issue.

    I know that Anderson and Broad are miles above the rest. But Stokes was our best bowler at Lord's, so I believe he deserves another go. Also with the world cup coming up, Broad is much more likely to feature than Stokes, so surely you'd not want to give him too much of a workload.

    I'd have also considered Adam Lyth for Robson. I wouldn't be dropping Robson completely. Just giving him time to go back to county cricket and get some confidence. Since he doesn't play white-ball cricket he could work on his issues over the winter to be ready for the West Indies. Lyth has had a good season and would be worth a look. Oh well. Robson has scored a hundred this summer so perhaps should remain in the side.

    (continued)

  • Fifthman on August 10, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    So SB will be looking to scare the Indian batsmen at the Oval with a 'Silence of the Lambs' mask? Way to go Stu... :)

  • Charlie101 on August 10, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    Was a very nasty blow indeed but SB's face looks a lot better than I thought it would after I saw the incident on TV. I am surprised he is still in the squad as he will be extremely sore this morning.

  • RayMcCooney on August 10, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    Stuart's helmet is being criticised, but let's be honest it did a job. Having top edged a fast delivery into his face, he may have been blooded and bruised but he walked off of the field and is confident about playing six days later. As with all engineering, lessons will be learned as to how best to restrict the chance of this happening again.

  • SDHM on August 10, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    Given the way the Oval pitch has played in recent times I'd have thought about a second spin option, but that brings up the question as to just who it should be - Kerrigan is obviously not fancied, shown by the fact he wasn't retained in the squads, which means you'd have to bring someone in from outside the environment, which could be considered risky. Fair enough overall, would like to see an unchanged team again if possible.

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  • SDHM on August 10, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    Given the way the Oval pitch has played in recent times I'd have thought about a second spin option, but that brings up the question as to just who it should be - Kerrigan is obviously not fancied, shown by the fact he wasn't retained in the squads, which means you'd have to bring someone in from outside the environment, which could be considered risky. Fair enough overall, would like to see an unchanged team again if possible.

  • RayMcCooney on August 10, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    Stuart's helmet is being criticised, but let's be honest it did a job. Having top edged a fast delivery into his face, he may have been blooded and bruised but he walked off of the field and is confident about playing six days later. As with all engineering, lessons will be learned as to how best to restrict the chance of this happening again.

  • Charlie101 on August 10, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    Was a very nasty blow indeed but SB's face looks a lot better than I thought it would after I saw the incident on TV. I am surprised he is still in the squad as he will be extremely sore this morning.

  • Fifthman on August 10, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    So SB will be looking to scare the Indian batsmen at the Oval with a 'Silence of the Lambs' mask? Way to go Stu... :)

  • CodandChips on August 10, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    I really don't see the point in risking Broad. Not only does he have this facial injury, but also the knee issue.

    I know that Anderson and Broad are miles above the rest. But Stokes was our best bowler at Lord's, so I believe he deserves another go. Also with the world cup coming up, Broad is much more likely to feature than Stokes, so surely you'd not want to give him too much of a workload.

    I'd have also considered Adam Lyth for Robson. I wouldn't be dropping Robson completely. Just giving him time to go back to county cricket and get some confidence. Since he doesn't play white-ball cricket he could work on his issues over the winter to be ready for the West Indies. Lyth has had a good season and would be worth a look. Oh well. Robson has scored a hundred this summer so perhaps should remain in the side.

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  • CodandChips on August 10, 2014, 10:44 GMT

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    Perhaps Woakes could bat higher up the order? He's looked pretty comfortable and hasn't got out this series. He looks good. With Ali's struggles with the bat he could move down. I'd also not want Stokes too low, as I think it's not helping him.

    Of course the batting order shouldn't be too rigid. E.g. Buttler should be moved up the order if need be.

    Perhaps Finn for Jordan to bolster the bowling.

    1.Cook 2.Robson 3.Ballance 4.Bell 5.Root 6.Woakes 7.Ali 8.Stokes 9.Buttler 10.Jordan/Finn 11.Anderson

  • SpaMaster on August 10, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    I hope Indians are ruthless when he comes to bat at The Oval by peppering him with bouncers. I feel sorry for him for his injury, but there can't be any mercy in the cricket field. Not an inch should be given. If he wants, he can duck against all short deliveries. Just because he has a broken nose, he is not going to stop playing pull shots and cut shots, is he? I hope Indians are very clear on this regard. Last thing I want is to see him dished out nice full deliveries he would drive and hoist.

  • whatawicket on August 10, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    it was good to see the Indian players support of SB moments after the accident, show that when things like this happen all supposed hostility between the sides are forgotten. perhaps the spirit of cricket is not dead.

  • on August 10, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    India need to open with Rahane and bring Rohit Sharma to bat at 5 in for Ghambir. I would bring Ishant Sharma in for Pankaj Singh. England need to replace Chirs Woakes and Chris Jordan with Liam Plunkett and Ben Stokes as the two Chris's have struggled badly in the last two tests.

  • Shibu1981 on August 10, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    India needs to replace Gautham & Pankaj for the last test @ Oval. Dhawan should open with Vijay, in my opinion Rahane should come @ no.3 position and followed by Pujara,Kohli, Dhoni, then Aswin @ No.7, then Jadeja,Bhuvi,Varun & Ishwar pandey. Pankaj needs to know that Test matches are not like First class matches.