England v India, 3rd Test, Edgbaston
3rd Test - England Elected to Bowl Against India10-Aug-2011 10:18:00 GMT
Birmingham: England skipper Andrew Strauss won the toss and opted to bowl in the third Test of the four-match series against India at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
For India, fit-again openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir returned to the side in place of Abhinav Mukund and Yuvraj Singh.
In the bowling department, leg-spinner Amit Mishra replaced off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who is out with an abdominal strain.
England made just one change to the side which won the first two Tests with Ravi Bopara coming in place of an injured Jonathan Trott.
England head into the third Test knowing another victory will give them both an unbeatable 3-0 lead and see them replace their opponents at the top of the ICC's Test Championship table.
Strauss' men have played some excellent cricket during a 196-run first Test win at Lord's that was followed by an even more emphatic 319-run success at Trent Bridge.
England's batting depth has proved too much for an India attack where left-arm quick Zaheer Khan's series came to an end midway through his 14th over at Lord's.
India, beset by injuries, have rarely had their best team on the field and came straight into the series on the back of a tour of the Caribbean with just one practice match in English conditions.
Down 0-2 in the four-match series, India would be stripped of their number one ranking in the ICC charts if England beat them in this match. Even otherwise, England just have to draw both or win one of the matches to clinch the top spot.