With England 1-0 down to India in the Test series, the third game will commence at the Rose Bowl, with the hosts desperate to reverse their shocking recent form.
Venue: Rose Bowl, Southampton
Date: Sunday, July 27—Thursday, July 31
Start time: 11 a.m. BST
Live on: Sky Sports (UK), STAR Sports (India), SuperSport (South Africa), PTV Sports (Pakistan), Ten Sports (Sri Lanka), Orbit Show Network (Middle East), Fox Sports (Australia).
Weather: According to Weather.com it will be largely dry for this game, with the exception of Monday, which looks a little damp at this stage.
It was an enormously disappointing loss for England at Lord’s, as they went down by 95 runs to India.
The batting was a particular issue, as it totally collapsed in the second innings, but the fitness of key bowlers will also be of concern.
Captain Alastair Cook remains in very poor form, with scrutiny of him only gaining in intensity, although the left-hander is adamant he will only step aside if asked to do so by management.
Meanwhile, the ongoing controversy surrounding an altercation between Ravi Jadeja and James Anderson has resulted in the Indian being fined 50 percent of his match fees, per ESPN Cricinfo.
The verdict on Anderson is due to follow at the conclusion of this Test, but the issues between the two players continue to hang over this series.
Meanwhile, having won away at Lord’s for just the second time, India are riding the crest of a wave and look likely to bring Rohit Sharma into their side for this game, per Sidharth Monga of ESPN Cricinfo.
That victory was India’s first away from home since 2011 against West Indies, and with a settled squad they will be confident of keeping up the momentum.
England: Alastair Cook (capt), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Sam Robson, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes
India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Varun Aaron, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Stuart Binny, Wriddhiman Saha, Ishwar Pandey, Ishant Sharma, Pankaj Singh
Drafted in to replace Matt Prior behind the stumps, all eyes will be on Jos Buttler as he makes his debut in Tests.
An explosive batsman as well as an improving wicketkeeper, the Lancashire man could be the spark England need.
He may not bowl at express pace, but Bhuvneshwar Kumar has shown himself to be a very good cricketer indeed.
Capable of generating swing and seam movement on any surface, Kumar has caused numerous problems and will be crucial again.