Manchester - India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat in
the fourth Test against England at Old Trafford on Thursday.
decided to bat, despite the overcast conditions, on a straw-coloured
pitch renowned as one of the quicker surfaces in English cricket.
were unchanged from the side that won the third Test in Southampton by
266 runs - their first victory in 11 Tests - to level the five-match
series at 1-1.
That meant there was no Test recall for Middlesex
fast bowler Steven Finn, with all-rounder Chris Jordan given another
chance to prove his worth after a poor bowling display in Southampton.
bowler James Anderson was included after the International Cricket
Council (ICC) confirmed Wednesday they would not appeal against the
decision of judicial commissioner to clear him of charges he had had
abused and pushed India's Ravindra Jadeja during the drawn first Test in
That left Anderson, 12 shy of Ian Botham's England record of 383 Test wickets, free to play at his Lancashire home ground.
Anderson's Test record at Old Trafford is mediocre, with the
32-year-old having taken just 12 wickets in four matches at 35 apiece.
India, though, made three changes to their side.
Gautam Gambhir was recalled in place of fellow left-hander Shikhar
Dhawan who has scored just 122 runs in six innings this series with a
top score of 37.
This match was Gambhir's 55th Test but first since playing against England in December 2012.
off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was brought in to play his first Test
this year after all-rounder Rohit Sharma was dropped.
And in a bid
to add extra pace to their attack in the ongoing absence of Ishant
Sharma, the star of the tourists' second Test win at Lord's who has
since been sidelined with an ankle injury, fast bowler Varun Aaron was
selected for his first Test since making his debut two years ago in
place of Mohammed Shami.
Pankaj Singh, who recorded the worst
wicketless figures by a Test debutant - none for 179 - but bowled
better than his figures indicated, retained his place.
Early morning rain saw the scheduled start delayed by 30 minutes, with play now due to commence at 12:30.
Alastair Cook (captain), Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root,
Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler (wkt), Chris Jordan, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes,
India: Murali Vijay, Gautam
Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh
Dhoni (captain/wkt), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar
Kumar, Varun Aaron, Pankaj Singh
Umpires: Rod Tucker (AUS) and Marais Erasmus (RSA)
TV umpire: Richard Kettleborough (ENG)
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)