Geoffrey Boycott slams 'brainless' and 'arrogant' India ahead of third England Test

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Jasprit Bumrah made his Test debut for India against South Africa in January

Meanwhile, 20-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is expected to replace out-of-form Dinesh Karthik. England's finest courts found him not guilty of "affray", what he was charged with, and that leaves him free to bowl his shapely outswing and carve the ball through and over the infield with his scything left-hand batting.

Contrast this with how Virat Kohli bristled when he was reminded, for the umpteenth time, that he will not or can not play the same eleven in two consecutive Test matches. But how much will the hard-hitting batsmen succeed against the likes of Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes remains to be seen? Kohli is adamant he has been able to manage the problem and will be at full fitness for the third Test. It is the impact of the last defeat in swing-friendly conditions across just over six sessions that is still hurting the Indian camp.

Given all the obstacles to winning away in modern test cricket, what hope do a side have if they do not even select their best XI? In that aspect atleast, there is some good news.

Other changes are likely with Jasprit Bumrah finally fit and looking to feature in this Test. Kohli's condition seemed to have improved a lot and as he had maintained, he will be out there at the toss alongside Joe Root.

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The team might consider a sixth batsman if there was extra spice in the pitch, Kohli said.

As well as leading the side at Nottingham, Kohli's input with the bat will be vital - he scored exactly 200 in India's two innings during the first Test, which they lost by a narrow 31-run margin.

"India can make a comeback, but it is always hard to make a comeback to win all the three games". At the same time however, it brings Shikhar Dhawan back into contention. But, to not consider him for the final two Tests in England would be cutting the face to spite the torso. He has seven centuries from 14 first class matches, averages almost 57 and scores his runs at a strike rate of 76.69.

The India coach admitted picking chinaman bowler, Kuldeep Yadav, ahead of a third paceman at Lord's was a mistake. In India, I expect two changes. The forecast for this third Test is of decent cloud cover through the first four days, and if the Indian team takes into consideration, they would surely opt for just the lone spinner. While the Three Lions will look to extend their dominance the return of Ben Stokes will give a selection dilemma.

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