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England win toss and bowl first in third test

England won the toss and elected to bowl in the third test against India at Edgbaston on Wednesday as the...

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England won the toss and elected to bowl in the third test against India at

Edgbaston on Wednesday as the home side bid to leapfrog their opponents at the

top of the world rankings.

"I would have bowled also as I think the

wicket looks fresh and will be good to bowl on for an hour and a half, at

least," India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni told Sky Sports, on a cool and

overcast morning.

The captains made the toss with a backdrop of

black smoke billowing high into the air at the City End after central Birmingham endured two nights of rioting and looting,

following similar incidents in London and other

parts of the United Kingdom.

The source of the fire came from a scrap-yard

in the nearby suburb of Nechells, according to the Birmingham Mail newspaper.

It may not be linked to the civil unrest.

England

made one forced change to the team that won by 319 runs at Trent Bridge,

omitting injured batsman Jonathan Trott and recalling Ravi Bopara.

India made three changes with injured

off-spinner Harbhajan Singh replaced by leg-spinner Amit Mishra, fit-again

opener Virender Sehwag coming in for Abhinav Mukund and opener Gautam Gambhir

returning for the injured Yuvraj Singh.

Victory would give England an unassailable 3-0 lead in

the four-match series and put them top of the world rankings.