A sensational display across all three departments of the game saw England take a 2-0
lead in the series leaving Virat Kohli and co. in serious trouble. With 5 consecutive
defeats in England, it’s time to go back to the drawing board as time ticks out.
The 22-yard strip awaits the teams at Trent Bridge, Nottingham where the two nations
played out a draw four years ago. At the moment, it is the hosts who hold the advantage
over the jaded Men In Blue after their convincing performance at Lord’s.
England are posed with a selection headache at the moment posed by the return of Ben
Stokes, who was not charged guilty after a week-long trial, that forced him to miss out
the second test.
Whereas Indian captain Virat Kohli has a selection headache of an entirely different
magnitude over a heavily underperforming batting unit, that has come under the
scanner of viewers and pundits alike. The return of Jasprit Bumrah is a lone bright spot
for the Indians who are expected to go with some changes into the crucial fixture.
Virat Kohli: The skipper is easily the most essential player for the Men In Blue, the
team was in shambles without the skipper’s contribution in the second test. Having
declared himself 100 percent fit ahead of the game, much is expected from the No.4
Chris Woakes: Despite having several match-winners in their squad namely Joe Root
and James Anderson, it is Chris Woakes who poses the most threat for the visitors with
his ability to change the game with the bat and as well as the ball. The man of the match
in the second test will be looking to replicate the form ahead in the series.
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India: S.Dhawan, KL Rahul, C.Pujara, V.Kohli, A.Rahane, R.Pant, H.Pandya, R.Ashwin,
M.Shami, I.Sharma, J.Bumrah
England: A.Cook, K.Jennings, J.Root, O.Pope, J.Bairstow, J.Buttler, C.Woakes,
S.Curran, A.Rashid, S.Broad, J.Anderson.