Ishant Sharna will lead Indian bowling at Southampton © Getty Images
Ishant Sharma will be missed at Southampton © Getty Images



Jul 27, 2014


India will look to continue their good run in England when they will take on the hosts in the third Test at Southampton. MS Dhoni’s boys won the second Test against England at Lord’s. England have called up Jos Butler in place of struggling wicket-keeper Matt Prior. Butler will make his Test debut. For India Ishant Sharma is out because of injury, Pankaj Singh will take his place.  Also Stuart Binny who might seat out to accommodate Rohit Sharma in the team. Ravindra Jadeja’s heroics in the second innings of India’s batting will earn him the spot in the playing eleven. Which Means Rabichandran Ashwin will again has to seat out.


It will be interesting to see whether Gautam Gambhir will play this match in place of Shikhar Dhawan or not. Dhawan is struggling with his form. Keeping Dhoni’s captaincy tactics in mind, he might give Dhawan another chance in this important Test match. On the other side England would like to bounce back quickly. Alastair Cook’s boys will go hard at the Indians at Southampton. A sporting wicket is prepared, where initially pacers will get some bounce and movement.



India: MS Dhoni (c&wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Gautam Gambhir, Varun Aaron, Pankaj Singh, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishwar Pandey, Stuart Binny, Mohammed Shami.


England: Alastair Cook (c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Robson, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Simon Kerrigan.


Time: 10:00 GMT I 15: 30 IST



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