IND vs ENG: The Test series between India and England moves towards the business end. The series is tied 1-1 after India slumped to an embarrassing defeat at Leeds by an innings and 76 runs. However, they were by far the better team in the opening two games. Had rain not intervened in the first game, the visitors would be leading the series 2-1.
The conditions on the opening day will be chilly and overcast, a perfect scenario for the pacers. Brief showers are expected before the start of play. However, the chances of rain throughout the day remain less than 5%. The temperature will be a cool 16-18 degrees Celsius. Humidity will hover around 60-70%. It will be fascinating to see what the captains decide to do after winning the toss.
India’s batting woes are well documented, especially the form of the captain and his vice is really concerning. On the other hand, Joe Root cant stop scoring hundreds. The pitch on offer at the Oval has something for everyone. It has got pace and bounce and also turns on the 4th and 5th day. However, runs can be made if the batsmen apply themselves. Virat Kohli has mentioned they will play with more intensity than the game at Leeds.
The news from the Indian camp is that Ravindra Jadeja is doubtful for this game. Also, Ishant Sharma might be rested for Shardul Thakur. England will be buoyed by the return of Chris Woakes and a fit-again Mark Wood. Jos Buttler would miss this game, with Olli Pope likely to takes his place in the XI. Jonny Bairstow would keep the wickets.
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