Thursday 18 December 2008 

England Could Make Changes For Mohali Test

England Could Make Changes For Mohali Test
England Could Make Changes For Mohali Test
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England have delayed naming their team for the second and final Test against India in Mohali, captain Kevin Pietersen telling reporters that the team would be revealed when the two sides toss up prior to the match.

Fit-again Stuart Broad is a likely starter and with the Mohali pitch expected to aid England's seamers, Graeme Swann could make way despite outbowling senior spinner Monty Panesar in Chennai, where England lost by six wickets despite setting India a target of 387 to win.

"It is pretty much the full works," Pietersen said. "Obviously you have got guys who have come on the trip who are ready to go.

"We just need to make a decision on who is the best team to try and win a test match, play positive and win," he added, confirming that he would lead the side despite carrying a rib injury.

India beat Australia by 320 runs in Mohali earlier this year when Ishant Sharma and Zaheer Khan made excellent use of reverse swing, something which Pietersen hopes his bowlers can emulate.

"We will definitely try and find a way to reverse swing it as well," he said. "Unfortunately on the final day in Chennai we didn't get the ball reversing which nullified a few bits and pieces that we had going for us."

"The knowledge Australia didn't win out here last time, to get as close as we did the other day was fantastic although we were pipped at the post," he said of the defeat in Chennai.

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