Preview: England vs India at Trent Bridge, Nottingham

Alistair Cook takes the catch of Ajinkya Rahane. © Getty Images

England and India will be walking out to play the third game of the five-match Test series on August 19 at the Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

It has been quite a successful ride for the Englishmen in all the departments and so far, they have outclassed the Indian men team in all the departments.

England has decided to organise themselves for the Trent Bridge encounter with the unchanged squad. The addition of Ben Stokes in the squad, which was later announced by ECB after his clearance from the court, would spice up the playing combination of the English side that will play the Nottingham Test.

Indian team needs a clear solution to their problems because they have been quite miserable throughout the series and their team selection in both of the games raised too many questions for the cricketing pundits.

The coach Ravi Shastri admitted that playing Kuldeep Yadav in the Lord’s Test was not really a precise decision made by the management.

Ravi Shastri addressed the media after the training session of the team on Tuesday. He expressed his thoughts regarding the selection of the left-arm chinaman in the playing XI, “In hindsight, it was an error. Seeing the conditions, we could have gone with an extra seamer. That might have helped.”

0/44 in nine overs, the bowling figures of Kuldeep Yadav at Lord’s. © Getty Images

Earlier, the exclusion of Cheteshwar Pujara from the Edgbaston Test was criticized heavily because India needed stability in their top order and Pujara was the kind of player India needed at the time when they were extremely impractical against the English pacers at the start of both innings.

India would be trying hard in Nottingham to find their groove in this Test series and England would like to keep their momentum going against the number one side of the purest form of the game.

Players to watch out:

James Anderson:

James Anderson will be the player to watch out for the English side at the Trent Bridge as he carries an exceptional record at this ground. Anderson took 60 wickets in just 9 matches with the terrific bowling average of 18.95.

Jasprit Bumrah:

Jasprit Bumrah will probably be among the squad that will walk out to face the English side and his return in the side can solve the seam bowling problems of India for the rest of the Test series.

Virat Kohli:

Playing as a lone warrior for his team until now, Virat Kohli is leading the chart of the highest run-scorers of this series by the scoring the total of 240 runs with the batting average of 60.00. He will be a player to watch out for the Indian side.

Joe Root:

Joe Root has scored two of his Test hundreds at the Trent Bridge and his batting records at this ground are pretty much successful up to now. Joe Root scored the whole of 405 runs with the batting average of 81.00 at the Trent Bridge. He will be a player to look out for the English side.

Head to Head at the Trent Bridge, Nottingham:

Matches Played: 6

Won by England: 2

Won by India: 1

Draw: 3

England’s probable playing XI for the Nottingham Test:

1. Alistair Cook 2. Keaton Jennings 3. Joe Root 4. Ollie Pope 5. Jonny Bairstow 6. Ben Stokes 7. Jos Buttler 8. Chris Woakes 9. Adil Rashid 10. Steve Broad 11. James Anderson

India’s probable playing XI for the Nottingham Test:

1. Murali Vijay 2. KL Rahul / Shikhar Dhawan 4. Virat Kohli 5. Ajinkya Rahane / Karun Nair 6. Dinesh Karthik 7. Hardik Pandya 8. Ravichandran Ashwin 9. Muhammad Shami 10. Jasprit Bumrah 11. Ishant Sharma



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