Match factsNovember 17-21, Visakhapatnam Start time 9.30am (0400GMT)Big PictureIt is a couple of thousand kilometres from Dhaka to Rajkot but England travelled even further in their attempts to banish the subcontinental homesick blues. The Saurashtra Cricket Association were welcoming hosts, it has to be said, and Alastair Cook had the fates on his side at the toss, allowing Englands batsmen to stockpile runs (and confidence) on a placid surface; but their display nevertheless exceeded all expectations, prompting Trevor Bayliss to call it the best performance since he took charge.For India, Rajkot was flat in more ways than one. Their much-vaunted spin attack collected figures of 9 for 521 and, having ground their way towards first-innings parity, a minor collapse on the final afternoon left them hanging on for a draw - a new experience for the team under Virat Kohlis captaincy. More than that, it was the first time since Englands visit in 2012 that India had been denied victory in a home Test (barring last years wash-out in Bangalore).Kohli has talked confidently and humbly about learning lessons and not taking England for granted - but there was also an undertone of irritation at the stultifying effect of the surface provided for the first Test. Visakhapatnam is expected to offer more for the spinners, as it did during an ODI on New Zealands tour last month, but the Andhra Cricket Association has publically promised a neutral pitch. In 2012, MS Dhonis call for more helpful surfaces backfired as Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar spun riot in Mumbai and Kolkata but, despite the improved display from Englands slow trio in Rajkot, India would be confident of winning a shootout this time around.Whatever the Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Stadium serves up, Indias prospects would certainly be aided by R Ashwin rectifying a dismal record against England (with the ball, at least). An average of 53.40 is comfortably his worst against any Test nation - though his first-innings 70 maintained a similar figure with the bat and may have been the difference between a draw and defeat. Five of Englands top six made significant contributions in Rajkot but, during a five-Test series, there is plenty of scope for the narrative to take a twist.Luck and judgement have played their part in England settling on a system to take on the might of India in India. The prodigious emergence of Haseeb Hameed may have solved a perennial problem at opener, while Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid showed the benefits of working with a spin coach as knowledgeable as Saqlain Mushtaq. Cooks England are on a four-Test unbeaten run in these parts but it will require another round of unstinting effort to keep the hosts at bay.Form guideIndia DWWWD (last five matches, most recent first)England DLWLWWatch out for...Indias champion and match-winner, R Ashwin was strangely subdued in the first Test. His match haul of three wickets was his lowest in a home Test since Nagpur 2012, on Englands last visit, though he was not helped by being asked to bowl first - 46 overs tells how heavy the workload was. In that first innings, Joe Root and Moeen Ali were particularly judicious in how they played him, finding gaps to rotate the strike and hitting over the top whenever the pressure needed releasing; of the left-handers he was supposed to gobble up, only Ben Duckett succumbed. More is expected of him in Vizag.The lissom figure of Haseeb Hameed looks set to accompany Cook out at the start of the England innings for some time to come after his enchanting debut. The 19-year-old became the third-youngest Englishman to score a Test fifty and he belied the Baby Boycs tag bestowed on him by skipping out to hit Ravindra Jadeja for six - as Mark Butcher suggested on Switch Hit, perhaps the Bolton Breezeblock would be more appropriate. If he is bound to be bounced mercilessly at some point, it is probably unlikely to be in India, where he seems suitably at home given his Gujarati heritage.Team newsIndia have indicated that KL Rahul will come back into the side at Gautam Gambhirs expense - possibly signalling the end of Gambhirs considerable international career. Kohli hinted at a surprise or two, which may mean a debut for either Karun Nair or Hardik Pandya, with Amit Mishras place most vulnerable after a disappointing performance. Ishant Sharma could also contest a pace-bowling spot with Umesh Yadav, who was arguably the best quick on display in Rajkot.India (probable) 1 KL Rahul, 2 M Vijay, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli (capt), 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 Karun Nair/Hardik Pandya, 7 R Ashwin, 8 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 9 Ravindra Jadeja, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Ishant Sharma/Umesh YadavEnglands one quandary is over the fitness of Chris Woakes and whether to gamble on James Anderson, who has not played since August due to a persistent shoulder problem. The temptation would be to stick with an unchanged XI but Woakes is carrying a bowling niggle according to Cook, meaning Englands intention to hold Anderson back for the third Test in Mohali will be tested; Steven Finn could also come into the equation.England (probable) 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Haseeb Hameed, 3 Joe Root, 4 Ben Duckett, 5 Moeen Ali, 6 Ben Stokes, 7 Jonny Bairstow (wk), 8 Chris Woakes/James Anderson, 9 Adil Rashid, 10 Zafar Ansari, 11 Stuart BroadPitch and conditionsThere will be much scrutiny of the Vizag pitch over the next five days. On the eve of the match it appeared firm and true, without much grass, and is expected to play well initially before taking increasing turn. The last ODI played here saw New Zealand bowled out for 79, with Mishra taking 5 for 18, while Assam were dismissed for 69 in a Ranji Trophy match, also in October - although that was a different strip and down to variable bounce rather than spin. The weather is set to be hot and humid throughout and a lush outfield may test the ability of both teams to generate reverse swing.Stats and triviaVisakhapatnam has hosted seven ODIs and two T20 internationals but this will be the first Test at the ground - making it Indias 24th Test venue.Virat Kohli and Joe Root are both set to play their 50th Tests in Visakhapatnam.Cheteshwar Pujara and M Vijay are approaching 3000 career runs - Pujara is three short, while Vijay needs 20.Hameeds 82 in Rajkot was the highest score by a teenager for England.Three England batsmen (Jonny Bairstow, Root and Cook) have passed 1000 Test runs for 2016; Moeen Ali needs 186 more to get there as well.QuotesMany would have been looking at that situation in a different way, that we struggled and we were put under pressure, but as a cricketer internally we know what we learnt from that situation.Virat Kohli believes Indias second innings in Rajkot was a useful testThis side is growing all the time and theres a lot of talent in English cricket at the moment.Alastair Cook suggests there is more to come from England Cheap Jerseys . 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Datsyuk will miss Tuesdays game against New Jersey and could be sidelined longer, while Cleary will likely miss at least the next three games. Its been an injury-plagued season for Datsyuk, who has suited up for just 39 games.Got a question on rule clarification, comments on rule enforcements or some memorable NHL stories? Kerry wants to answer your emails at firstname.lastname@example.org! Hi Kerry, Do you think teams should get delay of game penalties when they ice the puck and the winger goes to take the draw and gets waved out (on purpose?) so his centre can take the draw? Ive noticed this through the entire playoffs this year - do you think this is something on the minds of the officials as well? Could this be proven in any way and if so, wouldnt you say that is more of a delay of game call than the one where they shoot the puck over the glass? Thanks,Randy Kataluk,Coral Harbour, NU Randy: There is no doubt that coaches instruct their players to utilize a first face-off ejection by a non-center to grab a few extra seconds of breathing time following an icing infraction. They arent fooling anyone; especially the Linesmen. In an effort to minimize this ploy I have noticed the Linesmen initiate the face process very quickly and then eject the decoy for a first violation almost as soon as he arrives at the face-off dot. Beyond that, there is little at this juncture that can be done to alter the process. You do bring up an interesting point for discussion Randy, even though I wouldnt necessarily endorse an immediate delay of game penalty in this instance. The Officials cannot (or should not) control who the coach selects to take the draw. Their job is to conduct a fair face-off as quickly as humanly possible to uphold the integrity of the no-change icing rule. The rules, however, are already in place to penalize a team that commits a second face-off violation during the same face-off. This infraction is very seldom enforced and we have seen where the standard can be relaxed on the second face-off in an effort to avoid a call that brings undue attention to the Linesmen. If you really want to get the attention of a team that sends a sacrificial offering into the face-off circle conduct that second one to the letter of the law and impose a second face-off violation penalty when deserved. Its hard to blame the Linesmen for a less stringent standard after ejecting the first center since in the overall complexion of any game a second face-off violation doesnt rank up there with other game control, restraining or aggressive situations that the Referees might deem unworthy of a penalty. Very little support is also offered the Linesmen whenever they have enforced a second face-off violation. The first time a penalty was called for this rule everyone went ballistic; including the Hockey Operations Department. A Linesmens judgment was placed into question when he ejected a second centreman near the end of a close game as bedlam was being allowed to take place with a "let em play" standard by the Refs. It didnt take long for the message to be relayed through the chain of command as to what the expected practice was with regard to a second face-off violation. Theres an old saying thatt there is no faster method of communication than the "telephone, telegraph or just tell a Hockey Official!" So Randy, if this ploy on an icing is something that anyone would really like to address I would send the message that the second face-off would be conducted to the letter and a penalty would quickly result if a violation were to occur.dddddddddddd At that point, the Linesmen would deserve our full support. On The Radar Screen From Game 3: - Call it for what it was: Kaspars Daugavins left his feet and elbowed Andrew Shaw to the ear. (Last time I checked the ear is attached to the head?) The official penalty summary lists "roughing" as being assessed by the Referee. The most obvious infraction choice is elbowing; followed by illegal check to the head or charging but certainly not roughing. Additionally, please enforce charging rule next season in an effort to keep players skates on the ice when delivering a check. The height advantage gained is often cerebral! - Dont overreact in scrum and player battle situations: Shawn Thornton was singled out for an early penalty in a scrum with Andrew Shaw. David Bolland was assessed a trip when he and Jonny Boychuk tangled up as Bolland attempted to get into his players bench for a line change at 19:00 minutes of the second period. Neither were strong penalty calls and an overreaction; especially in a Stanley Cup Final game. - Niklas Hjalmarsson tripping call on Daniel Paille: I liked this call as viewed on NBC even though the other Network in Canada apparently had an overhead shot of Hjalmarsson contacting the puck just a split-hair prior to taking down Paille. On this bang-bang, desperation dive made by the Hawk defenceman it certainly appeared to me that Hjalmarssons first point of contact with his glove and stick shaft was to the right skate of Paille followed by the puck on the wrap-around of his stick. This was certainly too close to call with the naked eye in real-time and the benefit goes to Referee Chris Rooney. I have never understood why we allow a defender, from a poor position, make a desperation dive and touch the puck with his stick an instant prior to wiping out the attacker. This is regarded as a good defensive play while in reality the attacker is tripped and eliminated on the play or from regaining puck possession. This play always occurs with an attacker in a scoring position or on a breakaway. Perhaps time to reassess this policy given the tighter restraining standards that are expected to be called? - Assess differential when deserved in illegal battles regardless of game time: Zdeno Chara was fully deserving of an extra minor penalty for his overly aggressive actions with Bryan Bickell at 19:48 of the third period. Im not suggesting penalizing Big Z for being stronger; just more aggressive in his illegal actions. Treating this altercation as coincidental does not equate to the Thornton or Bolland penalties earlier in the game. 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