England vs India 2018: India's predicted XI for the third Test


When India's openers originally saw off Broad and Anderson in their first innings at Edgbaston, it was Curran who stepped up, removing the entire top three.

Rashid, who made £12,500 ($15,960, 13,977 euros) for his walk on role, was not called upon to weave his leg-spin magic in England´s innings and 159-run win over India in the second Test at Lord´s.

The low scores and one-sided loss have led to a fall in rankings for most India players with Ravichandran Ashwin the notable exception, moving up in the list for batsmen from 67th to 57th, with defiant innings of 29 and 33 not out.

Having conceded the first-innings lead by 289 runs, India's batting line-up could register only 130 runs in their second innings here to add to their first innings total of 107. Woakes went on to make a splendid 137 not out. Any chances of avoiding an innings then soon disappeared after Broad removed Kohli to leave India reeling at 61 for 5. Earlier, they thrashed the visitors in the first Test too.

Jasprit Bumrah Test
India will be buoyed by news that Jasprit Bumrah is fit. @Getty Images

India, the world's top-ranked Test side, failed to cope with overcast and swing-friendly conditions in both their innings, with a rain-marred match effectively over in under two days' standard playing time.

Cheteshwar Pujara, who played patiently for his 17, was bowled off the pad by Broad, before England changed up their tactics to stop Kohli scoring. After the lunch, it was Stuart Broad's turn to torment the visitors. As expected the T20 series was very close one with India sealing it in the final match of the series while England bounced back in the one-dayers winning the first and the third ODIs. "England deserved to win; we deserved to lose".

"Coming back into the side - as someone that's always been a big part of the squad for a long period of time now - it's great to see him [Woakes] taste some rewards, " England captain Joe Root said. Won't sit around and say that we didn't have the best of conditions. The skipper was hopeful of getting fit before the crucial third Test. It was on the senior team's insistence that we send the India A team during the same time starting the concept of "Shadow Tour" Two senior India players (M Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane) were accommodated for A team games. While we all want to stand by our team and support them when they don't do well, going down without a fight is very disappointing to watch. "England did have the better of the conditions, but they also made the most of the assistance they received, while India caved in meekly, especially when it came to batting". Very proud to take 100 wickets at Lord's. "Looking at things now, the weather was so unpredictable, I think we got the combination a bit off".

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