England opt to bowl against India
Posted on Aug 15 2014 | IANS
London, Aug 15 : England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and elected to bowl against India in the fifth and the final Test at The Oval here Friday.
India made two changes with Ishant Sharma and Stuart Binny coming in place of Pankaj Singh and Ravindra Jadeja. England are fielding an unchanged side that includes a fit-again Stuart Broad.
"Quite a lot of live grass and a lot of rain over the 24 hours, think it might do a bit. Stuart Broad is absolutely fine. Same team. All the guys have done well. The series is still alive and want to put them under pressure again," said Cook.
Dhoni also wanted to bowl first.
"Wanted to bowl as well, tinge of green and would have liked the fast bowlers to have a go here when it did something," Dhoni said.
England: Alastair Cook (captain), Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Chris Jordan, James Anderson
India: Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain/wicketkeeper), Stuart Binny, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Varun Aaron, Ishant Sharma
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and Paul Reiffel (Australia)
TV umpire: Tim Robinson
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (Sri Lanka)