Preview: Another spin trial for England in Mumbai

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Updated: Thursday, November 22, 2012, 16:08 [IST]
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Mumbai, Nov 22: From Ahmedabad, Test match action shifts to Mumbai but little could change for England. India will yet again subject the visiting batsmen to spin trial. Pragyan Ojha took nine wickets in the first Test at Sardar Patel Stadium as India outplayed England to go 1-0 up by a nine-wicket margin. And with India captain MS Dhoni openly calling for turning tracks, there could not be no respite for the Englishmen.

First Test scorecard

Preview: Another spin trial for England

A dry Wankhede Stadium pitch will welcome both teams on Friday, November 23. It will be a special day for Virender Sehwag as he wins his 100th Test cap.

If India bat first, Sehwag will be hoping to make it a memorable one with another hundred, as he did in Ahmedabad. It would also be a rare feat of a batsman scoring tons in his debut and 100th Tests.

Ahead of the second Test, India were given the news of paceman Umesh Yadav being ruled out with a back problem. Ishant Sharma could fill in for him. The selectors have added Ashok Dinda as cover but the Bengal speedster might not be handed a Test debut.

Harbhajan Singh will have to wait for his 99th Test cap as Dhoni has ruled out playing three spinners. Ojha and R Ashwin have bowled well in tandem and the pair will continue to hunt for more wickets.

Sachin Tendulkar could be playing his last Test in Mumbai. Tendulkar, with 191 Test caps, might not play a Test at Wankhede as there is no match scheduled during Australia series next year.

Tendulkar has to quickly get back to form. He is still searching for a Test hundred since January 2011. At the same ground few weeks back, he struck a hundred for Mumbai against Railways in Ranji Trophy.

Indian batting and bowling is in good health. Cheteshwar Pujara was in superb touch in first Test where he was not dismissed in both innings. The number three batsman made 206 not out and undefeated 41.

England will be thinking of including left-arm spinner Monty Panesar. He was certainly missed in Ahmedabad. Tim Bresnans, who had forgettable first Test could make way for Panesar.

Ian Bell will be missing in England XI as he has flown back home for the birth of his son, who was born on Monday. Eoin Morgan or Jonny Bairstow will take Bell's spot.

Paceman Steven Finn, who missed the first Test, will again sit out as he has not recovered from thigh injury.

On the eve of the match, Thursday, Stuart Broad was not unwell and did not take part in practice. However, he is expected to play tomorrow.

Captain Alastair Cook and Matt Prior were the only two batsmen who looked in good touch in first Test. Johanthan Trott and Kevin Pietersen have to take more responsibility if England have to come good in Mumbai.

India are favourites to go 2-0 up but England are capable of bouncing back.

Teams (Likely XIs)

India: MS Dhoni (Captain, wicketkeeper), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, R Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Pragyan Ojha, Ishant Sharma.

England: Alastair Cook (Captain), Nick Compton, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Jonny Bairstow/Eoin Morgan, Matt Prior, Samit Patel, Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Monty Panesar.

Play starts at 9.30 AM


Story first published:  Thursday, November 22, 2012, 15:50 [IST]
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