India v England 2024, third men's Test: All you need to know

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What is it?

The third of five Tests between India and England.

When is it?

The match is scheduled to begin on Thursday, February 15. The first ball is due to be bowled at 9.30am local time (4am GMT).

Where is it?

The third Test will be held at the Saurashtra Cricket Stadium in Rajkot.

Alastair Cook, Joe Root, Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes all made ceturies at the ground in the 2016 draw.


Jack Leach's series is over (Stu Forster/Getty Images)

What's happened in the series so far?

The series is level at one win apiece; England completed a remarkable comeback win in Hyderabad, beating India by 28 runs, before the hosts - inspired by Jasprit Bumrah and Yashasvi Jaiswal - turned the tables at Visakhapatnam.

In the opener, Stokes' side were bowled out for 246 in their first innings before India piled on 436 in reply. However, a century from Ollie Pope (196) dragged England back into the game and they successfully defended 231, bowling India out for 202 on day four thanks to a seven-for from debutant Tom Hartley.

In the second Test, India - without several key players - bounced back through Jaiswal's double hundred and Bumrah's mastery.

What's the squad news?

England have opted not to call up a replacement for Jack Leach, whose knee injury suffered in the first Test has ended his series. It leaves Stokes and Brendon McCullum with three spinners who between them have six Test caps.

They have spent a mid-series break in Abu Dhabi, so it is not known yet whether they will take a similarly spin-heavy approach in Rajkot or whether there might be a role for a second seamer.

India, meanwhile, will again be without Virat Kohli in Rajkot. He is set to miss the remainder of the series for personal reasons, while Shreyas Iyer has also been omitted from the squad for the last three Tests.

KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja both return to the fold after injuries, but their selections depend on overcoming niggles. Uncapped seamer Akash Deep has been added to the squad, along with the returning Mohammed Siraj. Bumrah is expected to play despite reports to the contrary.

India: Rohit Sharma (c), Jasprit Bumrah, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul, Rajat Patidar, Sarfaraz Khan, Dhruv Jurel (wk), KS Bharat (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohd. Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Akash Deep

England: Ben Stokes (c), Rehan Ahmed, James Anderson, Gus Atkinson, Jonny Bairstow, Shoaib Bashir, Harry Brook (withdrawn, replaced by Dan Lawrence), Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ben Foakes, Tom Hartley, Jack Leach (withdrawn), Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, Mark Wood


Ravindra Jadeja could return for India (Stu Forster/Getty Images)

What is the weather forecast?

Dry conditions with plenty of sunshine are expected in Rajkot, with temperatures cresting as high as 36 degrees Celsius.

What are the odds?

India are once again heavy favourites for victory, with odds of 4/9. England are at 29/10 to regain a series lead while a draw is available at 9/1.

How can I watch it?

In the UK, TNT Sports (formerly BT Sport) will show the entire series after making a late bid to secure the broadcast rights. The third Test will be shown on TNT Sports 1, with coverage beginning at 3.30am. TNT Sports can be streamed live via the Discovery+ app.

Talksport will provide live radio commentary for listeners in the UK.

In India, Sports 18 will televise the series while all five matches can also be livestreamed via the Jio Cinema app or website.

Elsewhere in the world, fans in Australia can catch the series on Fox Sports while in South Africa, Supersport will have all of the action. In USA, WillowTV will provide live coverage.

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