The 4th Test at the Oval in London ended on a high for the visitors as India once again bounced back from a shambolic performance at Leeds. The final Test of the series is set to be played at Old Trafford in Manchester on September 10. Will India win the series or will the hosts come back stronger in Manchester just like they did at Leeds?

Match Toss Time: 10:30 Local (15:00 IST)

Match Start Time: 11:00 Local (15:30 IST)

Match Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester

Head to Head

Matches Played: 130, England: 49, India: 31, Draw: 50

Weather conditions

The conditions are not exactly in favor of cricket as a minimum of 20% precipitation is anticipated. Cloudy skies are expected throughout each day, with the percentage on the first day being reported to be close to 60%.  The temperature is expected to be hovering in 15-19 degrees celsius and humidity is expected to be around 80%.

Pitch Report

The pitch is known for being friendly for both departments. The last two days are expected to be working more for the spinners, while the conditions will be tilted in the favor of pacers for most periods. The first session of Day 1 will be key for the side that bats first while chasing will again be very difficult on this surface.

Team News

England will be making changes again as per the skipper, Joe Root, the inclusion of Buttler is assured, while Woakes will retain his spot. Jonny Bairstow may be dropped due to poor form.

India on the other hand will be resting Jasprit Bumrah per reports. Things are still uncertain about Ajinkya Rahane's place in the side. Suryakumar Yadav and Mayank Agarwal are available and if Rohit Sharma is rested, Mayank Agarwal may get the nod ahead. However, if Rahane is benched then Suryakumar Yadav will make his debut.

Probable Playing Xl

England (ENG): Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, Joe Root(C), Dawid Malan, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow/Ollie Pope (wk), Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali/Craig Overton, James Anderson, Mark Wood, Ollie Robinson

India (IND): Rohit Sharma/Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(C), Ajinkya Rahane/ Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja/ Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammad Shami, Mohammad Siraj, Umesh Yadav.


There are no doubts over picking the English skipper Joe Root and Indian opener KL Rahul in your side. Both the batsmen have been in exquisite touch and they will be contributing to their team's success.

Shardul Thakur is also a must-have in your line-up as given it is his day he could score big and provide a breakthrough as well. Ollie Robinson has been phenomenal in this series irrespective of the result and is likely to continue.

Key Stats

#Jos Buttler is just 200 runs away from 3000 Test Runs.

#England are just one win away from notching their 50th win against India in Tests. England will also become the first team to score 50 wins against Team India in the longest format.

#Joe Root is just 222 runs away from 9500 Test Runs.

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