India bats first; Bangar, Kumble replace Jaffer, Nehra

Published: Thursday, August 22, 2002, 21:22 [IST]
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Leeds: India won the toss and elected to bat in the third Test against England at Headingley on Thursday.

India made two changes from the side that drew the second Test at Trent Bridge with Sanjay Bangar replacing out-of-form opening batsman Wasim Jaffer and leg spinner Anil Kumble, fit after a calf injury, in for left-arm quick Ashish Nehra. England made three changes. Pace bowlers Andrew Caddick and Alex Tudor were recalled after injury. Left-arm spinner Ashley Giles, who was in the squad at Trent Bridge but did not play, was called up as England decided against continuing with an all- seam attack. Dominic Cork, who suffered a knee injury at Trent Bridge, was not included while all- rounder Craig White's abdominal tear prevented him from taking part on his home ground. Durham pace bowler Stephen Harmison, who made his Test debut at Trent Bridge, was dropped. But England again included Andrew Flintoff despite worries about the all- rounder's groin injury. England leads the four match series 1-0 and India must win here to keep alive its hopes of winning its first Test campaign outside the sub-continent since 1986. England: Nasser Hussain (captain), Michael Vaughan, Robert Key, Mark Butcher, John Crawley, Alec Stewart (wicket-keeper), Andrew Flintoff, Alex Tudor, Ashley Giles, Andrew Caddick and Matthew Hoggard. India: Saurav Ganguly (captain), Sanjay Bangar, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Venkat Sai Laxman, Ajit Agarkar, Parthiv Patel (wicket- keeper), Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan. Umpires: Asoka de Silva (Sri Lanka) and David Orchard (South Africa). Third umpire: Peter Willey (England). Match referee: Clive Lloyd (West Indies)

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