India v England, 5th ODI, Dharamsala

Dharamsala set for international debut

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January 26, 2013

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Match facts

January 27, 2013
Start time 0930 (0400 GMT)


Virat Kohli poses for a photo in front of the Himalayas, India v England, 5th ODI, Dharamsala, January 26, 2013
Virat Kohli poses with the Himalayas for a backdrop, as cricket talk has taken a backseat to the scenery © BCCI
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Big Picture

The cold and tranquil surroundings of the hill resort of Dharamsala are set to be abuzz with the clamour of international cricket. The curious choice of the newest entrant on the international cricketing map in peak winter has generated considerable interest, but snow is unlikely to make an appearance. The series having been decided in Mohali, it's not surprising that cricket talk has taken a backseat with players taking time out for sightseeing. However, the peaks around the picturesque valley stand tall as a constant reminder of heights the two teams haven't been able to scale with their cricket.

India have had a topsy-turvy time in the last three months, but the win has come as respite from the losses they endured in the Test series and the ODIs against Pakistan. While they have at least a semblance of answers to questions pertaining to the middle order, bowling, fielding and, to some extent, Rohit Sharma's role, others - Ajinkya Rahane and Gautam Gambhir, for example - remain unanswered. A win here at least would keep the detractors relatively quiet for now.

England, who played so well in the Tests, are a shadow of themselves. They have a young side, but it is the experienced among them who have failed to inspire. Players like Ian Bell and Eoin Morgan haven't done much of note. But they have had positives too - Steven Finn has enhanced his reputation while Joe Root has impressed with his composure. The team is headed to New Zealand from here and as they play the T20s and ODIs first up, they need more positives from this tour.

Form guide

India WWWLW (Most recent first)
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In the spotlight

He waited and waited for his chance in Tests, but when he got one, he made it count. An agonising wait for an ODI debut has continued though for Cheteshwar Pujara. Speculations that he would walk into the XI once he became part of the squad were quashed immediately by the India captain. With the series in the bag, will India give him a chance?

Alastair Cook has been as efficient as ever and has two half-centuries in the series. But three times he has been out lbw, two times to deliveries pitching outside leg. While he will continue to be the main man behind England laying the foundation for a big total, he will hope the umpires allow him a full run.

Team news

Chris Woakes, who has replaced Tim Bresnan in England's squad to New Zealand, is likely to find a place in the XI, while Stuart Meaker could replace Jade Dernbach.

England (probable) 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Ian Bell,3 Kevin Pietersen, 4 Joe Root, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Samit Patel, 7 Jos Buttler (wk), 8 Chris Woakes, 9 James Tredwell, 10 Steven Finn, 11 Stuart Meaker

India could bring in Cheteshwar Pujara in place of Gautam Gambhir, but he might not open. "You will see a new batting attack tomorrow," Suresh Raina suggested in the pre-match press conference.

India (probable) 1 Gautam Gambhir/Cheteshwar Pujara, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Shami Ahmed, 11 Ishant Sharma

Pitch and conditions

It is a 9.30am start in Dharamsala and the ball is expected to nip around in the cool conditions.

Stats and trivia

  • The HPCA stadium is the 43rd ODI venue in India. It's the second northern-most venue after Srinagar's Sher-i-Kashmir stadium, which hosted two ODIs between 1983 and 1986. It is also the fourth highest ground in the world behind, the stadiums in Johannesburg, Nairobi and Harare
  • Ian Bell is 96 short of 4000 ODI runs. He will be the eighth English player to get to the landmark if he gets there. Suresh Raina 15 away from 4000

Quotes

"Definitely, I would like to bat higher up the order If I am given a chance. I would like to give my 100% as it will also give me an opportunity to play more overs."
Suresh Raina possibly throws his hat in the ring for the opening slot

"While seeing snow on the surrounding mountains gives an impression that it is chilly, the weather is quite tolerable and fit for the game."
An English fan in Dharamsala

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Posted by JG2704 on (January 27, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

@Shan156 on (January 26 2013, 23:37 PM GMT) I see we made a change today. I'd still like to have seen Briggs given a go but playing only 2 pacers seems too much of a new concept for our selectors to go for. TBH , I think deep down I wasn't expecting the whitewash but it would not have surprised me. I think you are on the same wavelength as me in that while we may have both expected defeat , it's been frustrating in that we've not tried the changes in order to arrest the problem. In some ways there are more negatives to come out of the ODI series. The positives are that Finn now seems a definite ODI pick and Tredwell has come out of the series well and also Root. So I now say we go with Jimmy,Finn,Tredwell,Swann and Root as a 6th bowler but not sure about the 5th bowler. Ideally I like a specialist bowler but is anyone that reliable in shorter forms? Maybe we have Root as a 5th and another part timer as a 6th

Posted by bayth on (January 27, 2013, 3:49 GMT)

Kiwirocker, "England...are no where near likes of Sri Lanka, SA, Pakistan and Australia". Would that be the same England who, in the last twelve months, beat Pakistan and Australia 4-0 in ODIs, and drew 2-2 with SA." Or some other England team that I somehow missed?

Posted by Temuzin on (January 27, 2013, 3:49 GMT)

Gambhir prevailed. He should have been axed for Pujara. I guess It may be Gambhirs last chance to prove himself.

Posted by   on (January 27, 2013, 3:17 GMT)

End the frustration to Pujara.. give him a chance.. Jaddu scores triple and gets a place.. Pujara scores triple.. Rohit gets a chance who has an average of 10 in the last 10 innings..

Posted by KannanAkil on (January 27, 2013, 2:54 GMT)

Today give rest for Dhoni ,Raina and B.Kumar and give chance to Rahane ,Pujara and Dinda.

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (January 27, 2013, 2:34 GMT)

This a battle of minnows. Both England and India are not among top ODI sides depsite the flawed ICC ranking system. They are no where near likes of Sri Lanka, SA, Pakistan and Australia. Those teams have varied and very versitle bowling attacks that both these teams lack, however, England has rested their top side so once Anderson, Swann and Broad are back then they are a strong side. On other hand, one should not read into too much even if India wins 4-1 as horse is already bolted for India. This result will be huge affected by terrible umpiring decisions that have gone against England.India on other hand has benefited from reprieves to Dhoni, Rani and Yuvraj. Only margical decision against them was Gambhir in last OD.As write pointed out,India has more questions than answers. Sehwag has disappeared, once hyped Saeed Ajmal, Ashwin looks ordinary.Yvraj's form is poor. Kohli has only clicked once in last 7 ODI's. Both Shami and Bhuvnesh are a positive but are clueless in death overs!

Posted by 07sanjeewakaru on (January 27, 2013, 2:28 GMT)

Congratulations for inauguration of international cricket on most beautiful stadium in the world!from Sri Lanka..

Posted by Shan156 on (January 26, 2013, 23:37 GMT)

@JG2704, most Eng. fans, including yours truly, were expecting to receive a 0-5 hammering, so I am quite happy that we won one game. While I admit that India are a better ODI side than we are in these conditions and were deserving winners, I think we could have put a better fight had we got the right personnel in this series - Buttler for Kieswetter and anyone for Dernbach. While Bell started the series well, I still feel that he is not cut out for ODIs especially in these conditions. He wastes the powerplay overs and doesn't rotate the strike enough. Ability to pick gaps is key and Bell hasn't done that in this series. Unfortunately, I don't think there are too many talents knocking on the door. Very happy for Cook though. Never thought he would be a good ODI player and I am glad he has proven me wrong.

Posted by Stevros3 on (January 26, 2013, 23:13 GMT)

SurlyCynic, I'm sure Warwickshire going from relegation favourites to winning the county championship in two seasons is probably in spite of him; and the likes of Chris Wright, I'm sure that even though he went from being unwanted at a second division club, to being the to wicket taker for the county champions, I'm sure that Giles did his best to ruin him too.

Posted by Temuzin on (January 26, 2013, 23:07 GMT)

Since the match is inconsequential I think Dhoni should bat at nymber 3 and show us the fire power to brighten the Dharmshala stadium. Will be fun, Jadeja should also be given a chance at 4 to see what can he do there. I think since he is grafter a few more overs will give him opportunity to settle down then go for fire works. excited to watch this match. Go Dhoni go...

Posted by nyc_missile on (January 26, 2013, 23:02 GMT)

@usernames Totally with you on the XI for this match.Backing youngsters even if they fail a few, is the way to go.'Seniors' Gambhir & Yuvraj have had enough chances to re-establish their places,esp Gambhir.And as you rightly said,Yuvraj isn't the same force with the ball either lately.

Rahane needs another go and so does Rohit as opener.They might be like for like to Sehwag & Gambhir may be not on aggression but surely on pedigree and skills.Rahane just got to be a bit tighter.But I doubt if Dhoni would play him at all given his utter lack of brains when it comes to selecting the right XI.And Pujara NOW at-least deserves to play.DROP Gambhir,Yuvraj ,Ashwin& Ishant for Rahane,Pujara,Mishra &Dinda:

Rohit | Rahane | Kohli | Pujara | Raina | Dhoni | Jadeja | Bhuvanesh| Mishra | Dinda | Shami

Posted by Divinetouch on (January 26, 2013, 22:38 GMT)

Tthe article lacks balance in that the writer pontificates on the umpire errors related to Cook but not the Indian batsmen - Rohit and Gambhir in the 4th ODI.

As for Rohit LBW in the 4th ODI only the English team, Steve Davis the Australian Umpire and the writer of this article felt he was out when the ball would have certainly missed leg stump big time.Sunil Gavaskar and the person who wrote the report on the game agreed Rohit got a poor decision.

Posted by SurlyCynic on (January 26, 2013, 21:25 GMT)

Let's face it, with Giles the trundler in charge it's going to be another disaster. At least raw batting talent won them one game, not even a poor coach can coach that out of them.

Posted by usernames on (January 26, 2013, 21:06 GMT)

Excellent series from an Indian perspective. Lots of positives to take away. I've been impressed with Jadeja's accuracy and I didn't think I'd be saying this ever. I still think he plays a little too few balls for someone who is, by nature, a grafter, a slow player. But then, there's no place for him at the top either!

For this match, since it's inconsequential, I'd just give this XI a try: Rohit, Rahane, Pujara, Kohli, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Mishra, Bhuv, Shami, Dinda. Ishant has bowled well, but Dinda had taken wickets in the matches he played and he deserves a go in this match at least. Gambhir has been scratchy all along and I can't see how he is getting so many chances -- for me, he goes and Rahane gets another chance. Yuvraj goes for Pujara -- horses for courses really. Pujara provides a lot more stability and Yuvraj isn't being used as a bowler so a Pujara is a much better bet because there are other players who can hit the ball a long way.

Posted by   on (January 26, 2013, 20:31 GMT)

I would definitely give Gambhir another chance to prove himself ... He should be a part of India's plans for the '15 world cup .... I would also like to see Mishra replace Ashwin and Dinda back in he team .... Also, it would be better if Dhoni n Yuvi swap places .... My team ::::::::::: 1. Gambhir 2. Rahane 3. Kohli 4. Dhoni 5. Raina 6. Yuvi 7. Jadeja 8. Bhuvaneswar 9. Mishra 10. Ishant 11. Dinda

Posted by bobmartin on (January 26, 2013, 20:11 GMT)

The thing is that with the series won.. India can afford to make changes... which always gives them a let out should they lose...Having lost the series England cannot afford not to make changes...I mean why keep doing the same thing and expect a different result..But they won't have the luxury of being able to apportion blame. If they win, they will be blamed for not having made the changes sooner... and if they lose... well it proves the selectors got the squad wrong in the first place.. It's a no-win situation for England.. and a win-win one for India

Posted by dhruvasoorya on (January 26, 2013, 19:18 GMT)

I would like to see Pujara open the innings with Rohit. Both the players are talented rich to face any type of bowling attack.

Posted by JG2704 on (January 26, 2013, 19:13 GMT)

Not particularly inspired by our side. I think I'd still like to have seen more of Woakes (discarded after a match) and what was the point in having Briggs out there if he wasn't going to get a game when our pacers by and large are failing? For me Meaker would be more a sideways step - maybe slightly forward but not much. We (our selectors) don't think outside the box and we'll probably get the 4-1 hammering they deserve. Probably lucky our batsmen did so well in the 1st game otherwise we'd be looking at another whitewash

Posted by shahzadparacha on (January 26, 2013, 19:10 GMT)

India will struggle on this Venue with the bat. Let us wait and see.

Posted by kmgnath on (January 26, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

I am happy to here, India got 43 International cricket playing grounds. How many of them meets the standards...I hope most of them, i believe. Most of the Cricket grounds should be allowed for public(trusted) to access the facilities(tracks, zym, gymnastics...), with that money the stadiums can be maintained well and people get benifited as well, and they feel proud partners to protect the grounds.

Posted by nyc_missile on (January 26, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

I would play Rahane & Pujara both.MSD who has an ideal chance can pull out and rest.Gambhir just needs to go.Kohli as captain.Rohit & Rahane to open.Pujara at 4.Yuvraj & Raina to follow.Rahane don't seem to have the backing of Dhoni as always.He deserved a full series at least.

I keep coming back to the wrong players for the wrong format.Rohit,Rahane & Tiwary belong to tests just like power hitters Yuvraj,Raina in ODIs.Its not rocket science to understand why.They are all touch players and would enjoy just placing the ball in tests more than ODIs where brute power will work.But then we have the most unimaginative captain Dhoni and the end result is Rohit,Rahane & Tiwary have not even made their debut which is a crying disgrace.

Posted by kmgnath on (January 26, 2013, 18:03 GMT)

Poor Rahane, was in dressing room for almost an year, without any match practice, now he is short of confidence, he should be sent back to play first class cricket and bring him back soon once he gets his form back. Ghambir is going south, (good to bad to worst). In the test match series with England, none of them (except Pujara) were in form, england executed their plans well, and succeded. After the world cup, India lost its shine. This is mainly because of indian attitude. Just winning world cup is not enough, but you have to keep up your championship and lion heartedness for longer time, like WI in 80s, Australia in 90s. If your notice indians matches, if you win couple of matches, we lower our guard rather than going for kill. Its name attitude with BCCI, I don't understand when they plan 2 or 4 test match sceries!! Kudos to Dada, who got in some spirit to the team and competetiveness into team india. Richest board(BCCI) complains about the cost on host-spot and hawk-eye, strange.

Posted by vsrajq8 on (January 26, 2013, 17:34 GMT)

why bcci not doing any changes in batting lineup. please give chance for young cricketers. this is not important match for the series already decided. so give all young players a chance to prove themselves and they may good cricketers for the future. like shami ahmad and buwaneshwar kumar

Posted by jackiethepen on (January 26, 2013, 17:08 GMT)

Bell hasn't done anything of note? How about a record breaking partnership of 158 with Cook in the first ODI. Bell was run out on 85. He was the top scorer in that match (both sides). Only game won by England so far. Nothing since...but that's not the same thing.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (January 26, 2013, 16:49 GMT)

Oh no more mishras /ishants/ dindas please. Lets bring in all new fast bowlers (our experienced lot isn't making any difference) Sir jadeja is already there to accommodate spin so please bring in 2 fast bowlers in place of Ashwin, ishant.

England have found Root but what have we found? Same old rohits, mishras , jadejas who will only dissapoint us overseas or in WC. (There is champions trophy coming up in Eng and we should have found atleast 2 decent fast bowlers by now. Who cares if we are num1 at home we need to consistently win matches in bigger tournaments)

Posted by basusri133b on (January 26, 2013, 16:32 GMT)

"You will see a new batting attack tomorrow," Suresh Raina suggested in the pre-match press conference. Indeed,an interesting choice of words. Though Raina is only a few runs short of 4000 in ODI's he is one who invariably has flattered but deceived.His technique against the moving ball has always been suspect. His desire to bat higher up the batting order is questionable. But, so fragile is our current top order batting,that in the land of the naked the man with the loin cloth is probably King.

What is the BCCI doing for the development of Cricket in India ? The future of Indian Cricket will depend on this. The track record of this body does not inspire much confidence.

Posted by crickketlover on (January 26, 2013, 16:19 GMT)

I think it is time to replace Gambhir, as he has become a typical indian cricketer who rests on his past laurels. Bring in Pujara or elevate Raina to open the innings with Rohit and pujara can bat in the middle.

Posted by   on (January 26, 2013, 15:51 GMT)

I fully agree with Landl47. Yuvraj should be given some rest. A dead rubber is an ideal occassion to do so. Hopefully, he will come back refreshed and recharged to face the OZ.

Posted by   on (January 26, 2013, 15:45 GMT)

Raina dropped hints that he would like to open. Many readers also commented favourably to that idea. One question: Can he keep his eyes open to bouncers? Keep an eye on the ball, if it flies in to above chest level,... body line? He can dance down the pitch to cart spinners / slow bowlers overthe ropes. So, his current position is his right position.

I would love to see Pujara opening with Rohit. Given enough chances, Pujara would be India's Amla.

Posted by Darshi007 on (January 26, 2013, 15:42 GMT)

Pujara should plat at any cost. Else no point not releasing him for Ranji finals. Rahane needs to get one more game. 2 bad games and we just can't discard him. If Rohit gets infinite chances to prove himself then we can't be biased towards Rahane. Gambhir can take a break as he is little down on self-confidence. Rahane and Rohit can open and Pujara could come 2 down. Yuvraj can be rested for a game. Also Ahmed should play ahead of Dinda as he could swing the ball in these conditions. Ashwin can be a given a break too and Amit Mishra be tried out for one game. So, for me Gambhir out, Yuvi and Ashwin rested. They can be replaced by Rahane, Pujara and Mishra.

Posted by bolthaa on (January 26, 2013, 15:41 GMT)

Raina, Rohit, Kohli ---- They have equal talent. But nobody can play swinging ball like dravid, laxman, sachin. Raina enjoys dhoni's confidence. so his game improves. Rohit is actually talented. But THE LAZIEST batsman I have ever seen. Kohli puts too much pressure on himself. I should say, I like Dhoni. because he gives the talent enough chancess. He recognizes the dedication. I start to think he is losing confidence on Ashwin (who is not being effective once others have started reading him) . Why I say these things...... SIMPLE... UNTIL DHONI IS THERE.. Formula to be in the team.... BE DEDICATED AND DONT BE LAZY. GAME will improve... RJ is another example who was nothing to something now because of enough chances.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (January 26, 2013, 15:18 GMT)

Agree with @Nampally - This is a dead rubber. All players sitting on the bench should get a chance. Pujara should replace Yuvraj, Mishra should replace Ashwin and Dinda should replace Ishant. Dhoni has been known to give chances to players in dead rubbers. He seems reluctant to try newcomers in matches that matter.

Posted by Temuzin on (January 26, 2013, 15:18 GMT)

I agree with Jose. Rahane looks like test material and in the manner he got out in this series, I my confidence in him is little bit shaken. I think selectors should have included young Unmukt Chand (U-19 World cup winning captain and opening Batsman who made century to lift WC in australia) to allow him spend some time with seniors and get a few games. He is the future of India cricket and should be eased into senior team. Australian experts including Ian chapel has been recommending him a chance since last year. And somebody in the team should keep wicket and let Dhoni play only as a batsman/captain. It will give him some rest.

Posted by indianpunter on (January 26, 2013, 15:16 GMT)

@Rahul_Ah, completely agree. It would be comical to see Raina opening the innings. That guy cant play bouncers to save his life. My 2 cents is that Pujara should open with Rohit and if this combo works, then lets keep it going. The fielding would improve too. Gambhir is woeful.

Posted by jabbarahmed on (January 26, 2013, 15:09 GMT)

dhoni should come up to the order...he is awesome batsman..im frm pak but as a crickter i prefer dhoni up to the order...and also give a chance to pujara..pujara is 1 of them who gives indian batting line stability..

Posted by SurlyCynic on (January 26, 2013, 15:00 GMT)

As long as Giles remains in charge I predict more disasters for 'England'. Luckily a coach can't eradicate all batting talent so there will be the odd win like the first ODI when the batsmen really fire, but in general the selection and tactics will remain clueless.

They need to find a decent coach, not an ex nightwatchman who never turned a ball.

Posted by kevnssuresh on (January 26, 2013, 14:59 GMT)

I think Pujara replaces Gambir and Raina opens along with Rohit.Also Misra might replace Ashwin. any ways good luck team india..

Posted by landl47 on (January 26, 2013, 14:51 GMT)

Since Dernbach, Meaker and Bresnan are not in the ODI squad for NZ, it would make no sense if Woakes, who is in the NZ squad, didn't play. Meaker should at least be given a chance in this game; he can't be any worse than Dernbach.

As for India, Yuvraj has looked very tired in the last couple of games. He's played almost non-stop since coming back from cancer and as a cancer survivor myself I can tell you how draining it is to go through chemo. He should be given a chance to rest.

Dead rubber games are always a bit of an anticlimax. Hopefully there will be some good cricket to watch.

Posted by Temuzin on (January 26, 2013, 14:43 GMT)

I think it is high time Gambhir is benched to give pujara a chance. Yuvraj should not be disturbed. He is a match winner batsman in the team. Dhoni used his part time bowling successfully, but yuvraj is not in the team as a bowler. Dhoni also uses Kohli, raina and rohit sharma time to time that doesn't mean these guys are selected as an alrounder. The only genuine alrounder in the team is Jadeja and he is doing great. The only weaklink in the team is Gambhir and pujara should be tried in his place.

Posted by   on (January 26, 2013, 14:35 GMT)

England: 1. Hope, they Woke up to Woakes, at last. 2. Dern Bach on Dernbach. Why this obsession to keep him, at any cost! 3. Promote Root to opening position. He will be England's Amla. 4. Bell, start ringing in the bells (runs). 5. Morgan: Get more guns, and more firing from the guns. Keep 'cute' shots for T20

Posted by RajanXXX on (January 26, 2013, 14:33 GMT)

I think india should open with Rahane & Rohit then Kohli,Yuvraj,Raina,Dhoni,Jadeja,BhuvneshwarKumar,Dinda,A.mishra,Shami.

Posted by   on (January 26, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

1. Gambhir, Ashwin, and Rahane should be OUT. Rahane is test match material. 2. Try a new opening combo: Rohit + any body else, other than Gambhir & Rahane. 3. Pujara should be IN. At, ANY batting position. 4. Is there anyone else other than Dhoni to keep wickets. If so, Dhoni deserves rest

Posted by Nampally on (January 26, 2013, 14:21 GMT)

@arun_Padmanabhan: Your comment is very pertinent. If Pujara is to be benched again, it would be highly insulting for depriving him a chance to play for Saurashtra in the Ranji Final. The conditions in Dharamsala look ideally suited for Swing bowling. Meaker & Finn are both in 145 KPH range. So it will be a challenge for Indian batting if these 2 seamers are accurate. It will be Junaid Khan all over again reminding India of 29 for 5. Indian batting is weak against good seamers on a pitch assisting seamers. Two new balls make first 15 overs tougher. Personally I would rest Yuvraj to give Pujara a chance. Playing Yuvraj purely as a batsman does not make any sense when Pujara is a more complete batsman. Yuvraj was in the team as an all rounder originally. However he rarely bowls.

Posted by KaptainKool on (January 26, 2013, 13:52 GMT)

Tomorrow's squad and line up should be: 1. Pujara 2. Rohit 3. Kohli 4. Yuvraj 5. Dhoni 6. Raina 7. Jadeja 8. Mishra 9. Bhuvnaeshwar 10. Shami 11. Dinda

Don't think Raina will be a right choice for opening slot.Only the left right combination should not be considered.

Posted by satish_XI on (January 26, 2013, 13:51 GMT)

we might even see Dhoni opting out of this match and raina keeping wickets !! So line up could be - Pujara,Rohit,Kohli,Rahane,Yuvi/Dhoni,Raina,Jadeja,Mishra,Dinda,Bhuvi,Shami

Posted by skilebow on (January 26, 2013, 13:51 GMT)

On Dernbach I agree with what they were saying a switch hit a week or so ago. He only really works in a four man pace attack so on the days when he is going for a few he doesn't have to bowl all of his overs. In this series with the attack we have he was always going to be asked to bowl the majority of his overs and so doesn't really fit

Posted by skilebow on (January 26, 2013, 13:43 GMT)

Meaker for derncbach has been over due by about 2 games. Whilst i never expected England to win this series i am a bit disappointed with the management. If we were to take a young side to india then surely the idea must have been to give everyone a chance. I know Briggs is now injured but briggs, meaker and woakes have only played one game between them. Perhaps winning the first game and therefore staying in the series until now made England too conservative

Posted by   on (January 26, 2013, 13:38 GMT)

Raina opening would be interesting ....though he takes his eyes off the ball while playing the hook, it would land beyond the inner ring .....Ganguly opened when he never hooked or pulled ...This might be Raina's only chance of making it to the Test squad ..

Posted by StarHawk on (January 26, 2013, 13:30 GMT)

Gauti, Yuvi, & Ashwin can be rested and Rahane, Pujara & Mishra can be given a go. XI: Rahane, Rohit, Kohli, Pujara, Raina, Dhoni, Jaddu, Kumar, Mishra, Ishant, Shami

Posted by jmcilhinney on (January 26, 2013, 13:28 GMT)

While a win after the series has been decided is not worth quite as much, it would still be very nice to see England get up and take this last game. 2-3 would be a creditable result after the previous two series, although the manner of their defeat in games 2 and 3 is still a great disappointment. Just by replacing Dernbach they give themselves a better chance and may even have been able to sneak game 4 without his usual expensive spell. I don't hold it against Dernbach specifically. He is no doubt trying his best but his best has just not been good enough. The fact that it's taken the selectors this long to realise it is the big problem. Not that he was the only reason for the defeat, so they will be looking for more improvement again from the batting and for Finn to leave the non-striker's stumps intact as often as possible. No doubt Cook would like to be allowed to bat until he's actually out this time too.

Posted by Rahul_Ah on (January 26, 2013, 13:09 GMT)

Raina opening. Now thats a laugh. The guy cant play bouncers, and you want him to open when the ball is hard and bounces the most?

I suppose, its worth giving a shot, since it is after all an experimentation game, but I dont expect it to end well, if he does open.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (January 26, 2013, 12:49 GMT)

MS please bring in both Rahane and Pujara and drop Gambhir and rest Yuvraj. If Raina thinks he can open then batting order shoulde be like: Raina, Rohit, Rahane, Virat, Pujara, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin/Mishra, Bhuvi, Shami, Dinda/Ishant. Go for win boys.

Posted by arun_padmanabhan on (January 26, 2013, 12:49 GMT)

Pujara should be given a chance tomorrow for the sole reason that he was not released for the Ranji final. With his domestic team struggling without quality, he will be an angry man if he is benched tomorrow. Another reason to induct him in is the fact that the conditions will be bowler-friendly and he can provide solidarity

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India won by 127 runs
India v England at Rajkot - Jan 11, 2013
England won by 9 runs
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