India set to pile on more humiliation on England in Mumbai Test

Nov 22 2012, 14:05 IST
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 Sachin Tendulkar bats during the net practice at  Wankhade Stadium in Mumbai. (PTI) Sachin Tendulkar bats during the net practice at Wankhade Stadium in Mumbai. (PTI)
SummaryWhat Dhoni wants, Dhoni gets. His demand for rank turners likely to floor England from day 1.

Ian Bell, though he was a flop in Ahmedabad. The middle order mainstay has flown home to be at the side of his wife who is expecting their child.

26-year-old left-handed batsman Eoin Morgan is talked about as Bell's replacement in the eleven.

Six foot-seven inch tall pacer Steven Finn, on whom the England team had pinned many hopes to get some extra bounce on slow Indian pitches, has aggravated his thigh injury which he picked up during their practice game before the series and is again unavailable.

It would be interesting to see whether left-arm spinner Monty Panesar, who was surprisingly omitted at Ahmedabad, plays at this venue where he celebrated his maiden Test wicket, that of Tendulkar, by running all the way to the boundary line six years ago.

If Panesar gets the nod, one of the three seam bowlers who all flopped at Ahmedabad -- James Anderson, vice-captain Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan -- would be out of the eleven. There is also the likelihood of Samit Patel, who failed in the series opener, giving way to reserve wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow if Panesar is included to bowl left-arm spin.

This would be the 23rd Test hosted at this venue since the first in 1974-75 and India have come out victorious on 9 of those occasions - including thrice in a row against England between 1984 and 1993.

The hosts have suffered reverses against their English rivals in 1980 and 2006, the last time the two met at this ground, with the tourists aided by the all-round brilliance of Ian Bothan (century and 13 wickets) and Andrew Flintoff (two fifties and 4 wickets) respectively.

The rival teams (from):

India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt. & wk), Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Cheteshwar Pujara, R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Pragyan Ojha, Zaheer Khan, Ajinkya Rahane, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, Murali Vijay, Ashok Dinda.

England: Alastair Cook (capt.), James Anderson, Tim Bresnan, Nick Compton, Samit Patel, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott, Sturt Broad, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Graham Onions, Eoin Morgan, Monty Panesar and Stuart Meaker.

Umpires: Aleem Dar and Tony Hill

Third umpire: S Ravi

Match Referee: Roshan Mahanama.

Hours of play: 9:30 to 11:30 am; 12:10 to 2:10 pm; 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm (minimum 90 overs).

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