India set to pile on more humiliation on England in Mumbai Test

Sachin Tendulkar bats during the net practice at  Wankhade Stadium in Mumbai

The Wankhede track appeared to have an even coat of grass two days before the match but is expected to sport a different hue on the morning of the game.

Skiipper Dhoni had given a clarion call for a turning track from day one after his spinners Ojha and Ashwin bowled 55 and 43 overs on the low and slow Motera track as England made over 400 runs in the second innings.

There is significant amount of dewfall in the morning here which should help the pace bowlers in the first session of match days with the track sweating under the covers.

The middle session is generally the best for batting at this venue, at least on the first two days, as later the sea breeze that sets in during the last session aids swing bowling.

Barring Sharma coming for the injured Yadav, it appears that the winning eleven in the first Test would be retained by the hosts.

Meanwhile, the visitors would be handicapped by the absence of Ian Bell, though he was a flop in Ahmedabad. The middle order mainstay has flown home to be at the side of his wife who is expecting their child.

26-year-old left-handed batsman Eoin Morgan is talked about as Bell's replacement in the eleven.

Six foot-seven inch tall pacer Steven Finn, on whom the England team had pinned many hopes to get some extra bounce on slow Indian pitches, has aggravated his thigh injury which he picked up during their practice game before the series and is again unavailable.

It would be interesting to see whether left-arm spinner Monty Panesar, who was surprisingly omitted at Ahmedabad, plays at this venue where he celebrated his maiden Test wicket, that of Tendulkar, by running all the way to the boundary line six years ago.

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