The home team after dominating the first two tests at Edgbaston and Lord’s against the visitors, will be looking to wrap up the series at Trent Bridge which commences on Saturday 18 August.
The English team have been clinical in all 3 departments, easily outplaying the visitors, with neither of the two tests lasting the whole five days.
After the debacle at Lord’s, the Indian team would be desperately hoping to get back to winning ways to keep their slim hopes of a series triumph alive.
They will be buoyed by the fact that ace speedster Jasprit Bumrah is likely be fit for the third test. Bumrah was one of the best bowlers across both sides when India toured South Africa earlier this year and the visitors’ attack will be stronger with him in it.
Lord’s has been the scene for several famous Indian cricket wins in the 21st century. A fiery spell from Ishant Sharma helped the visitors win there in 2014, and who can forget the 2002 Natwest Trophy final & Sourav Ganguly’s celebrations afterwards, aptly described as “Dadigiri at Lord’s balcony” by the Over the Wicket blog.
However the Indian team suffered a chastening defeat in the second test at the same venue a few days ago, with their players no match for the skill of James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes under cloudy skies
The likes of Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Dinesh Karthik have struggled to get going in this series against the top class bowling attack who have been relentless.
No batsman apart from skipper Virat Kohli, and to a lesser extent Hardik Pandya and Ravi Ashwin, has looked comfortable in these conditions.
Dashing wicketkepper batsman Rishabh Pant is expected to make his test debut at Trent Bridge. Whether it will be at the expense of Karthik, who has been solid with the gloves but ordinary with the bat, or one of the out of form openers, remains to be seen.
England have only one selection headache- who to drop for the returning Ben Stokes? The obvious choice on form looks like Jos Buttler, but he has only recently been appointed as vice captain. Youngster Ollie Pope is expected to make way, but it would be harsh on the 20 year old, who looked quite assured at the crease in the second test.