England v India: Third Test preview including betting odds, team news, start times and TV channel

Last Updated August 17 2018, 17:24Cricket
Joe Root and Virat Kohli
Joe Root and Virat Kohli

Everything you need to know ahead of the Third Test between England and India at Trent Bridge, including team news, odds and where to watch.


England were much too strong for India at Lord's, making full use of helpful bowling conditions and a poor batting display from the visitors, and they will be hopeful of sealing the series in Nottingham.

James Anderson and Chris Woakes were England's heroes in London, Anderson claiming nine wickets and Woakes registering his first Test hundred with a wonderful innings that put him on the famous Lord's Honours Board.

With India starring down the barrel at a series defeat, Virat Kohli will need to lift his troops just as he did when India came back to beat South Africa in Johannesburg earlier in the year.

Our guide contains team news, start times, TV channel information as well as betting tips from our expert Richard Mann.

England v India: Third Test key details

  • Dates: Saturday August 18 - Monday Wednesday 22
  • Start time: 1100 BST
  • TV Channel: Sky Sports Cricket
  • Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham
  • Sky Bet odds: England 8/13, Draw 9/2, India 3/1

England v India: Third Test team news

England welcome Ben Stokes back to the side following the conclusion of his recent court trial and he will return at number six with Sam Curran the unlucky player to miss out following Chris Woakes' heroics at Lord's last week.

Adil Rashid keeps his place despite not being required to deliver a single over in London but India are expected to do away with two-spinners and the return to full fitness of paceman Jasprit Bumrah could see him in a straight swap for Kuldeep Yadav.

A greater concern for Virat Kohli is India's misfiring batting line-up. Shikhar Dhawan is unlikely to earn a recall after just one match out of the side but Rishabh Pant is pushing hard to replace Dinesh Karthik behind the stumps.

Teams for the third Specsavers Test between England and India at Trent Bridge, starting at 11am on August 18:

England: JE Root (captain), AN Cook, KK Jennings, OJD Pope, JM Bairstow (wkt), BA Stokes, JC Buttler, CR Woakes, AU Rashid, SCJ Broad, JM Anderson

India (possible): V Kohli (captain), M Vijay, KL Rahul, C Pujara, A Rahane, R Pant (wkt), H Pandya, R Ashwin, I Sharma, M Shami, J Bumrah

Umpires: C Gaffaney (Nzl) and M Erasmus (Rsa)

Third umpire: A Dar (Pak)

Match referee: J Crowe (Nzl)

Quotes:

Joe Root: "Sam misses out - Ben comes into the side.

"It's probably one of the most difficult selections I've had to make as captain.

"He's just desperate to get back playing cricket, make that his main focus.

"I sat him down yesterday, just me and him, and asked him where he was at.

"He told me he's desperate to get out there, wants to put in performances and concentrate on his cricket now.

"He felt he was ready to play. We obviously assessed his fitness as well, over the course of the two days."

Virat Kohli: "When your back is against the wall it's actually a good situation to be in. You literally have no room for thinking about anything else apart from what the team requires.

"The only conversation we've had is that the only option is to win this game, and nothing else. You need to show that in your body language, in your intent and the way you prepare for the game.

"It's up to the individuals to stand up and say 'I'm going to go out there and make a difference.

"We are very excited he's [Jasprit Bumrah] coming back. He's obviously a quality bowler, and it's great to have someone like that on the park. He's an attacking bowler, a guy who's really aggressive in mind.

"He wants to take the situation front on, and basically make the batsmen feel uncomfortable. He relishes the challenge whenever given an opportunity."

England v India: Betting tips

Richard Mann has previewed the third Test and will be providing regular tips throughout the five-match series.

England v India: Test series fixtures & results

August 1-5: England won by 31 runs

August 9-13: England won by an innings and 159 runs

August 18-22: Third Test, Trent Bridge

August 30-September 3: Fourth Test, Ageas Bowl

September 7-11: Fifth Test, The Oval

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