England allowed India back into the five-match Test series with a dismal performance at Trent Bridge and will be eager to make amends in the fourth Test in Hampshire.
The hosts are still waiting to see whether Jonny Bairstow will be able to keep wicket or indeed play at all, after he suffered a finger injury at Nottingham, so their team selection is still a question to be answered.
One man who will definitely be involved is fast bowler James Anderson, who needs to take seven more wickets to become the most successful paceman in the history of Test cricket.
Anderson has claimed 17 scalps in the opening three Tests of the series, bringing up a century of wickets against the tourists.
He also has previous at Southampton, having taken seven wickets against India when they toured England four years ago, helping the Three Lions to a resounding 266-run victory and claiming the man of the match award in the process.
India secured a 203-run win at Trent Bridge and seamer Jasprit Bumrah made an instant impact after missing the opening two matches of the series.
The whippy right-armer took seven wickets in the match, including 5-85 in the second innings, in which his victims included England skipper Joe Root and centurion Jos Buttler.
The hosts will still be confident of wrapping up a series victory either at Southampton or The Oval, but there is unlikely to be any let-up even if the outcome is settled at the Rose Bowl.
Number one in the Test rankings means a lot to Virat Kohli and India and they will not give up without a huge fight.
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