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Senior fast bowlers Anderson and Broad can run riot for England

Conditions at Trent Bridge pose serious test for India's batsmen

James Anderson (left) and Stuart Broad helped bowl England to victory at Lord's
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Third Test
Sky Sports Cricket, 11am Saturday

As England know all too well from recent Ashes contests in Australia, once things start going wrong in an away Test series it can be hard to turn it around.

India, who fell just 31 runs short of victory in a competitive first Test at Edgbaston, were blown away for 107 and 130 at Lord’s last week, and their batsmen won’t be looking forward to the third of the five-match series at Trent Bridge.

James Anderson, who took 9-43 at Lord’s, has claimed 60 wickets in nine Nottingham Tests while Stuart Broad’s 8-15 destroyed Australia in 2015.

All-rounder Ben Stokes is available after being found not guilty of affray and he comes straight back into the England 11 at the expense of Sam Curran, despite the Surrey left-armer’s man-of-the-match performance in the first Test.

India captain Virat Kohli should play despite a back problem but his side are just 100-30 to suffer a 5-0 drubbing in the series.

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India faced some horrible batting conditions at Lord’s against an England attack who are masters of their craft when the ball is swinging around.

However, their complete lack of application in the first two Tests – only Kohli’s 200-run tally kept them in the game at Edgbaston – means it is hard to have much faith in a comeback.

Anderson and Broad’s workloads were a concern for England before five Tests in just six weeks but the senior bowlers won’t need a rest if they continue the ruthless form they showed at Lord’s.

They bowled just 51.2 overs between them in St John’s Wood so should be feeling fresh for another crack at India on a ground that both men love.

Anderson was outstanding in both innings at Lord’s while Broad produced a devastating spell of 4-7 in 35 balls in the second innings, dismissing numbers three, four, five and seven in the visitors’ batting order.

Broad looks to be bowling quicker and fuller than he has for some time and he, like Anderson, is worth backing to be man of the match at a venue where he took 6-46, including a hat-trick, against India in 2011.

Debutant Ollie Pope looked assured in his only innings at Lord’s, showing plenty of intent in his 28 off 38 balls, and the 3-1 that he notches a first Test fifty in the first innings in Nottingham is a tempting price.

The Surrey youngster is averaging 85 in Division One of the County Championship this summer, with three centuries in ten innings, and he can shine at number four for England.

Recommendations
J Anderson to be man of the match
1pt 8-1 general
S Broad to be man of the match
1pt 14-1 Sky Bet
O Pope to score a first-innings fifty
2pts 3-1 Hills, Paddy Power

Venue
England had won six and drawn one of their last seven Tests at Trent Bridge before last year’s 340-run defeat to South Africa.

Seamers usually get some assistance from the pitches in Nottingham although Surrey, with Pope and Curran in the side, racked up 592 in the most recent first-class game at the ground.

Team news
England wouldn’t usually make changes after such a dominant display at Lord’s but Stokes’s availability means Curran misses out.

Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin and Hardik Pandya should all be fit for India after sustaining minor injuries in the second Test.

Paceman Jasprit Bumrah is available after a hand injury while opener Shikhar Dhawan and uncapped wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant could also come into the 11.

Weather
Cloudy but dry on days one, four and five with persistent rain on day two and scattered showers on day three, 20-23C.


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