The dilemma faced by England is how they will fit Ben Stokes back into the team which defeated Australia 5-0 last month. The most vulnerable batsman looks to be Alex Hales at number three although he scored a big hundred in the third ODI at Trent Bridge. Whichever way England go, it would be harsh on someone. Following his rest during the T20I series, Mark Wood will return to take the new ball alongside David Willey, with Stokes and Liam Plunkett proving the other seam options.
Probable XI: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.
The biggest worry for India is going to be fitness of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who missed the last T20I through a stiff back. Rohit Sharma confirmed that he will be assessed by the physio following the training session on Wednesday, before adding: “looks fine to me”. If Bhuvneshwar misses out, India’s fast bowling attack will include Umesh Yadav and one out of Shardul Thakur and Siddarth Kaul. Thakur is coming into the series on the back of fine showing for India A in England.
Probable XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina/Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Siddarth Kaul/Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav