After an embarrassing loss in the second test, India will have their task cut out to make a comeback from here and win the five match series. Practically all India can do is win the remaining three test and win the series but that still looks far from the reach considering their poor run with the bat in the two test.
On the other hand, England will be eager to take the winning momentum forward and seal the series with the win in Nottingham test.
A win for England will seal the series 3-0 for them. An Indian victory will ensure the series is still alive.
India: There may be some changes in the playing XI of the Indian team. It is certain that Jasprit Bumrah will make a return to the playing 11 in place of Ishant Sharma or Mohammed Shami. Kuldeep Yadav also failed to impress and he might be replaced as well.
There might be some changes in the batting order, Murali Vijay has failed to fire and he might get replaced by Shikhar Dhawan.
Wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik has been below average which can make way for the debutant Rishabh Pant.
Virat Kohli suffered a stiff back which forced him to miss the morning session of fourth days play at Lords. He was not comfortable when he came out to bat but it is likely that he will get fit before the next test.
England: Joe Root’s men have been way to impressive at their backyard and it is unlikely that they will incur a change in their playing 11. There can be some thoughts to replace Adil Rashid who didn’t bowl a single over in Lords test.
Day 1: There will be a good chance of rain in the noon with temperature ranging from 14’c to 22’c.
” 2: There will be negligible chances of rain and the weather will remain partly cloudy with temperature ranging from 14’c to 24’c.
” 3: There might be some rain on the day but it will still not prove to spoil the party. The temperature will range from 13’c to 24’c.
‘ 4: There might be some morning shower early but the sky will remain clear through the course of the day. The temperature will range from 14’c to 24’c.
” 5: No chances of rain through the course of the day. The temperature will range from 8’c to 21’c.
Unlike the Lords test, the rain is not expected to play a part in Nottingham.
The pitch will offer help to the pace bowlers with a green cover of grass. It is a happening sign for England pace battery who will again look to exploit the conditions.
Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Timings: 03:30 PM IST, 11:00 AM (Nottingham)
India– Number 1 in test rankings
England- Number 5 in test rankings
India: Virat Kohli, Ishant Sharma
England: Joe Root, James Anderson
India vs England 2nd test at Birmingham- Squads