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09 August 2011

Their reputation in tatters after two humiliating defeats, injury-ravaged India face an arduous task to retain their number one status when they go into the third Test against England on Wednesday with serious concerns over the form of their famed batsmen.

Down 0-2 in the four-match series, India would be stripped of their number one ranking in the ICC charts if England beat them in this match. Even otherwise, England just have to draw both or win one of the matches to clinch the top spot.The third Test between India and England in Birmingham will be played on Wednesday, despite riots spread across London and other adjacent areas, including the venue itself.

This has been confirmed by cricket officials at Edgbaston. Steve Elworthy, head of communications for the England and Wales Cricket Board, said: "it is business as usual and we are preparing to be ready to go."

"We are communicating with police but the usual protocols are in place," he said.

A press release by the Warkwickshire County Cricket Club also said that the third Npower Test match between England and India will proceed as planned and play will begin at 11 am (local time) on Wednesday as scheduled.

Violence and looting spread across some of London's most impoverished neighborhoods had put the third Test that in jeopardy.



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