Third Test Preview: India v England
The Third Test of the series between India and England will get underway in Mohali this weekend on what is likely to be a wicked turning track.
England’s middle-order have been found out on this tour so far leading coach Trevor Bayliss to axe young Ben Duckett from the lineup.
Duckett’s replacement has highlighted the level of desperation in the tourists camp with reserve wicketkeeper Jos Buttler being drafted in as a batsman with early indications being that he will bat at seven.
This will mean a promotion up the order for Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow who will retain the gloves.
Zafar Ansari and Stuart Broad have been ruled out with injuries and while Chris Woakes will come in for the seamer the former’s replacement has yet to be named though Gareth Batty would be the logical choice.
India meanwhile are riding a wave of good form and favourable conditions even when England have been able to peg India back and out them under pressure India have found a way out of trouble.
Virat Kohli has been immense and has risen into the top four of the Test batting rankings for the first time in his career.
Ravi Ashwin has become a full fledged allrounder as well as being arguably the best bowler in the world right now and India can call on two world class spinners in Amit Mishra and Ravindra Jadeja to back him up.
While questions still remain about India’s credentials away from home on their own patch they are nearly invincible especially against nations from outside Asia.
Last five head-to-head results
2016 Second Test: India won by 246 runs in Vizag
2016 First Test: Match drawn in Rajkot
2014 Fifth Test: England won by an innings and 244 runs at The Oval
2014 Fourth Test: England won by an innings and 54 runs in Manchester
2014 Third Test: England won by 266 runs in Southampton
India: Virat Kohli (capt.), R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Mohammad Shami, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha, Karun Nair, M Vijay, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Jayant Yadav, KL Rahul
England: Alastair Cook, Moeen Ali, Zafar Ansari, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Gary Ballance, Gareth Batty, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Ben Duckett, Steve Finn, Haseeb Hameed, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes
Dates: 26-30 November
Morning session: 09:30-11:30 (04:00-06:00 GMT)
Afternoon session: 12:10-14:10 (06:40-08:40 GMT)
Evening session: 14:30-17:00 (09:00-11:00 GMT)
Umpires: Chris Gaffaney and Marais Erasmus
TV Umpire: Kumar Dharmasena
Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle
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