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11pm – Rohit Sharma not giving up hopes on Test comeback

Rohit Sharma still harbours hopes of a comeback to India’s Test squad despite not being picked for the ongoing series against England.

Read Rohit’s quotes on his Test ambitions for India here.

Rohit Sharma still has ambitions of forcing a Test recall.

Rohit Sharma still has ambitions of forcing a Test recall.

10:30pm – Right time for India to hand Rishabh Pant a Test debut

With Dinesh Karthik looking woefully out of touch with both bat and gloves so far in the two Tests against England, the wicketkeeper’s place could be under threat when India take on the hosts in the third Test at Trent Bridge.

Young Rishab Pant has been in sparkling form of late and he could be handed his Test debut come Saturday. Sport360 takes a look at why the 20-year-old’s inclusion could be a good thing for India here.

Dinesh Karthik could be facing the axe at Trent Bridge.

Dinesh Karthik could be facing the axe at Trent Bridge.

10pm – A look back on how India have prepared for previous tours of England

The Indian team has come in for some sharp criticisms from all quarters after holding only one red-ball warm-up game before the start of the Test series against England. The visitors find themselves 0-2 down in the five-match series and their lack of preparations has come back to bite them hard.

Sport360’s Denzil Pinto takes a look at how the previous Indian sides have prepared for their Test tours of England here.

Sachin Tendulkar didn't have a good tour in England in 2011.

Sachin Tendulkar didn’t have a good tour in England in 2011.

7:30pm – Ravi Shastri convinced Ben Stokes will play in Trent Bridge Test

India coach Ravi Shastri sees no reason why Ben Stokes should miss the third Test – and he wants his team to play against him.

Shastri insists India want to test themselves against the “top cricketers”, a category which of course includes Stokes.

Read what the India coach had to say about Stokes’ return here.

Stokes had been found not guilty of affray by the Bristol Crown Court.

Stokes had been found not guilty of affray by the Bristol Crown Court.

7pm – Shane Warne questions Tim Paine’s Australia captaincy credentials

Australia legend Shane Warne has questioned Tim Paine’s captaincy credentials to lead the national men’s team. Paine had been handed over Australia’s Test and ODI captaincies following the ball-tampering episode in South Africa which resulted in Steve Smith and David Warner being handed one-year bans by Cricket Australia.

Read what Warne had to say about Paine here.

Warne is not convinced by Paine's role in the squad.

Warne is not convinced by Paine’s role in the squad.

6:15pm – Sarfraz Ahmed believes Pakistan hold the edge over India

Pakistan skipper Safraz Ahmed believes his side will hold the psychological edge over India when the two sides clash in the upcoming Asia Cup in the UAE. The two sides are slated to meet on September 19 in Dubai and the Pakistan skipper feels the familiarity of playing in the UAE will give his side an added advantage.

Read Sarfraz’s quotes in full here.

Pakistan had triumphed over India in the ICC Champions Trophy final.

Pakistan had triumphed over India in the ICC Champions Trophy final.

6pm – Trevor Bayliss calls on Ben Stokes to issue public apology

England head coach Trevor Bayliss has called on Ben Stokes to make a public apology over the events which led to his eventual acquittal for affray. Stokes was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing at Bristol Crown Court on Tuesday, almost 11 months after being arrested following a brawl outside a nightclub in the Clifton area of the city.

Read more on Bayliss’ comments here.

Bayliss believes Stokes should issue a public apology.

Bayliss believes Stokes should issue a public apology.

5pm – India finally hit the nets ahead of Trent Bridge Test

For the first time since their innings defeat to England at Lord’s, team India finally hit the nets as they began their preparations for the third Test at Trent Bridge which gets underway on Saturday.

On Thursday morning, Virat Kohli and his men wasted no time in hitting the nets as preparations for the third Test started in earnest.

Read more on this story and see images of India’s net session here.

Kohli and Co took to the nets at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

Kohli and Co took to the nets at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

4pm – England yet to make a call on Ben Stokes’ selection

England head coach Trevor Bayliss will decide over the next two days whether Ben Stokes is ready to make his Test return.

The influential all-rounder was cleared of affray on Tuesday after a week-long case at Bristol Crown Court, relating to a late-night fight in the city following last September’s one-day international against the West Indies.

Read more on this breaking story here.

Stokes had been cleared by the ECB to take part in the third Test.

Stokes has been cleared by the ECB to take part in the third Test.

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Rohit Sharma still has ambitions of forcing a Test recall.

Rohit Sharma still harbours hopes of a comeback to India’s Test squad despite not being picked for the ongoing series against England.

The Mumbai-born batsman was picked for India’s tour of South Africa but a string of poor performances saw him drop off the selectors’ radar when the team for England was picked.

Speaking on the sidelines of a promotional event at Mumbai on Thursday, Rohit said that he is doing everything in his power to force his way back into the Test side.

“I want to be part of the (Test) team, but it is not in my hands. I have to wait for the opportunity, whenever it comes, I have to be ready for it. To be ready, I am doing everything, training, doing as much as possible to give myself the best chance when the opportunity comes there,” the right-hander was quoted as saying by DNA.

Rohit was dropped after a poor series in South Africa.

Rohit was dropped after a poor series in South Africa.

India’s trio of openers in Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and Murali Vijay have been abysmal in the two Test defeats to England so far and Rohit has said that he would be open to batting in any position should he be offered the chance.

“Look, I have never been offered (to open the innings in Tests) yet but I am open to anything as in whatever the team management wants. I never thought I will be an opener in ODIs when I started playing or when I was playing for India. But it happened along the way, so I want to keep my options open. No option is shut for me, so if the opportunity comes, I will take it,” Rohit explained.

So far in his career, Rohit has played 25 Tests for India where he has scored 1, 479 runs at an average of 39.97. He has scored three tons and nine half-centuries.

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India coach Ravi Shastri expects England's Ben Stokes to feature in Trent Bridge Test

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Stokes had been found not guilty of affray by the Bristol Crown Court.

India coach Ravi Shastri sees no reason why Ben Stokes should miss the third Test – and he wants his team to play against him.

Shastri insists India want to test themselves against the “top cricketers”, a category which of course includes Stokes.

England‘s premier all-rounder is available to them again, as they bid to wrap up the series 3-0 in Nottingham, after being cleared of affray at Bristol Crown Court this week.

Shastri’s opposite number Trevor Bayliss declined to confirm yet that Stokes will definitely return to England’s winning team.

But the tourists are expecting him to be chosen on Saturday.

“He is a terrific cricketer – we would like to play against top cricketers,” said Shastri.

“If he is cleared by the courts, what’s the reason for him not to play?

“If I was in England’s position, I would have wanted him to play.”

That does not mean India will necessarily desist from reminding Stokes of recent events once they take the field.

“This team is not worried … it will give you back as good as it gets,” added Shastri, who was also able to report India captain Virat Kohli will be fit after recovering from a back strain which laid him low towards the end of the tourists’ innings defeat at Lord’s last weekend.

Shastri says India would love to test themselves against Stokes.

Shastri says India would love to test themselves against Stokes.

Shastri insists too that no faith has been lost in vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, one of several batsmen short of runs.

“I don’t think it’s fair to single out any one player – batsmen from both teams have struggled,” he said.

“Conditions have been tough … right through this series.

“But that’s where character comes into play and discipline comes into play, the resolve to know where your off-stump is, leave a lot of balls, be prepared to look ugly and dirty and show some grit.

“It’s a case of mental resolve … he is one of our pillars, (and) he will remain one of our pillars.”

Kohli is on the mend, and was able to bat and field without any apparent discomfort during morning nets on Thursday.

“(He) is feeling much better,” said Shastri.

“You saw him in the nets – he is moving much better and improving by the day.”

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