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India v England 3rd Test: Tom Hartley 6/1 to finish Top Team Bowler; Mark Wood 12/1 on return

England resume battle with India in Rajkot and Ben Stokes is relying on his inexperienced spinners to continue producing the goods in light of Jack Leach's absence from the remainder of the series.

The left-arm spinner sustained a knee injury on the opening day of the first Test and despite taking the wicket of Shreyas Iyer in Hyderabad, Leach's condition deteriorated and he's since returned to Somerset to commence his rehabilitation.

England have confirmed they will not be calling up a replacement for Leach, meaning the onus is on their current crop of spinners to carry the fight to India's batting order.

Having fielded a spin-dominant attack in the first two matches of the series, Stokes and Brendon McCullum have opted to play two seamers in the third Test.

Mark Wood returns to the XI and replaces Shoaib Bashir, who claimed four wickets on debut in Visakhapatnam, with the Durham quick forming an England bowling attack that consists of Tom Hartley, Rehan Ahmed, James Anderson and all-rounder Joe Root.

They will be looking to exploit an India side that have been plagued by injuries, with KL Rahul joining their absentee list.

India are 4/9 favourites to win the match, while England are 3/1 to take a 2-1 series lead.

India v England - 3rd Test

Hartley can add to his tally

Having lost Leach in the first Test and battling on without Root in the second, the performances of England's rookie spin attack deserves immense credit.

For the first time since England's triumph in 2012/13, visiting spinners have achieved a better collective average than their hosts in a Test series in India and Hartley has been a key figure in their success so far.

Were it not for the utterly sensational Jasprit Bumrah making his mark on this Test series, Hartley would be leading the wicket-taking charts at a canter.

Very few would have anticipated Hartley to inflict such damage after his chastening introduction to Test cricket; Yashasvi Jaiswal slogged his first ball for six and an avalanche of runs followed. Others would wilt in the face of adversity but Hartley used the experience to his advantage and was the architect in one of England's greatest overseas wins.

He claimed nine wickets in that first Test and backed up his tremendous debut by taking a further five in the second Test. 

Hartley is 6/1 to finish as Top Match Bowler, while his spin colleague Ahmed - whose availability was in doubt having encountered visa issues on his return to India - is just behind in the market at 15/2.

Despite his age, Ahmed has been unfazed by the occasion and the legspinner is England's second-highest wicket-taker in the series so far with eight.

Six of those came in the second Test and Ahmed is 10/11 to repeat that and take at least five wickets in this match.

Seamers back in the equation

After taking one last glance at the covering of green grass on the wicket in Rajkot, McCullum and Stokes have opted to include Wood as an additional seamer alongside veteran 'Jimmy' Anderson.

"I know it was a very long time ago when we played here, but it looks a good wicket," Stokes said. "There might be some reverse swing which brings Woody into the game and Jimmy as well."

Wood went wicketless on a difficult surface in the first Test at Hyderabad but Anderson, who replaced him as the lone seamer in the second Test, enjoyed far greater success by taking 5-76.

Anderson's dismissal of Rohit Sharma in the second innings at Visakhapatnam moved him to within five of a historic 700 Test wickets and the 41-year-old looks primed again to test India's weakened middle order.

If the surface delivers how England anticipate, both he and Wood can be a daunting prospect, not least for Rajat Patidar and the uncapped Sarfaraz Khan, who will deputise for the injured duo of Virat Kohli and KL Rahul.

Anderson is 8/11 to take four wickets or more in the match, while Wood is 12/1 to finish as the Top Match Bowler.

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