Jonathan Trott retains his place in the one-day side ahead of Samit Patel. The wicket looks green, England are bowling first after winning the toss and the sun is shining.
So that’s the basics – but there is an end-of-season sense here. India have endured a miserable tour, they have failed to win an international match, and despite all the right noises from Dhoni, they look like they’ve forgotten how to see it through to victory. Just see The Oval on Friday.
The Indian side is an unfamiliar one. Only Dhoni and Dravid from the stalwart galaticos remain, although a few new megastar names in Raina and Kohli do add a Bollywood sprinkle.
England have an unassailable lead and although Lord’s is likely to be full eventually, the empty seats in the pavilion tell a story: the casual observers aren’t that bothered.
It is India, it is Sunday and it is an early kick off. It should be a great day out in front of a noisy crowd, even if it takes time to warm up.
Edward Craig is deputy editor of The Cricketer magazine