England have taken a 2-0 lead heading into the third match of a four game series at Edgbaston.
England have been far superior to India so far through the series in matches where many predicted they would struggle. England have looked far better in all areas of the game and it’s vitally important they keep the pressure on. A win in the third Test would make England the best Test match team in the world much to the dismay of a few other countries. England are a best price of 11/10 to win with a couple of bookies.
India will not be pleased with the way they have played and a reaction will be expected. They need to buck up their ideas right now if they are going to win the last two Tests and get out of the series level. India should welcome back a couple of new faces for the third Test who have been kept out of the side with injury. India are 4/1 with Paddy Power and Stan James on the current market.
Alastair Cook has not been having a good series with the bat. He has not shown the same amount of form he displayed during the winter in Australia and earlier this summer against Sri Lanka. What Cook does always display is resilience and determination and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him strike up a hundred in this third game. Cook is on 4/1 along with Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen to be top run scorer for the English.
It is difficult to look past Rahul Dravid in the Indian side right now. Dravid has scored the most runs on this tour for India so far and he is the one player in the Indian batting line up who seems to be in very good touch. Dravid is notoriously difficult to get out and he is a best price of 7/2 with a few of the online bookmakers to be top run scorer for India again in this match.
Stuart Broad is the man of the moment after taking a hat-trick during the second Test. The feat was only the second hat-trick of his career, following one he admitted to having bowled in school cricket. Broad will be giving a few Indian batsmen nightmares at the moment because he looks like he is going to take wickets every time he runs in to bowl. Broad is 5/2 with Skybet to be top wicket taker for England.
Zaheer Khan is one of those Indian players who has been out of the side with injury and he could come back into the side for this match. Khan has a number of variations which force batsman errors and it’s very important he gets fit quickly. He looks as though he is carrying a little bit of weight at the moment which could be one of the reasons he is being put through a number of vigorous fitness tests. Khan has odds of 9/4 on the betting market to take the most wickets for India.