Mohali:England skipper Alastair Cook won the toss and opt to bat in the third test match against India at the PCA stadium here on Saturday.
India had made changes, replacing Wriddhimnan Saha with Parthiv Patel, who is back in the Test side for the first time since August 2008 and handing Test debut to Karun Nair in place of injured KL Rahul.
England had made three changes to their playing XI. Injured ineffective Zafar Ansari, Stuart Boad, and struggling Ben Duckett have been replaced by Garreth Batty, Chris Woakes, and Jos Buttler.
India: Virat Kohli (C), Karun Nair, Ravindra Jadeja, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Mohammed Shami Ravichandran Ashwin, Parthiv Patel (wk), Jayant Yadav, and Umesh Yadav.
England: Alastair Cook (capt), Haseeb Hameed, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Garreth Batty, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, and James Anderson