India, England set for third Test despite riots

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Sachin Tendulkar during a nets session at Edgbaston. (Getty Images)

Players from both sides mostly opted to remain in their hotels as rioting and looting spread across and beyond London. England football friendly against Netherlands fell victim to UK riots but an ECB spokesman insisted the third Test at Edgbaston will go ahead as planned.

The third Test in Birmingham will be the subject of a police assessment to ensure resources will not be overstretched and they can police the game safely.

"This is pertaining to the situation in Birmingham. All the members of the Indian touring squad are safe and accounted for. The team management is keeping a close watch on the situation," Cricinfo quoted Indian team manager Anirudh Chaudhary.

Here's the list of sporting events affected by rioting in UK.

Meanwhile Daily Mail reported Chris Tremlett is out of the third Test after failing to recover from a back injury.

They have just locked our hotel in Birmingham Riots just started here. Insane!, wrote Kevin Pietersen on his Twitter page.

"Police vans all around Birmingham where we are right now. Either @alexhales is in town or these riots are spreading," Stuart Broad tweeted.

Tim Bresnan, who shone with both bat and ball in Trent Bridge Test, posted on his Twitter account: "Just seen the rioters in Birmingham fleeing down the main street followed by a load of police in the full get up. What's going on?"

"Good luck to those surrounded by the carnage. Be safe," England spinner Graeme Swann tweeted.

Suresh Raina wrote "Everything safe here guys don't worry thanks for your concern....focus on 3 Test can't wait to wait for the match."

James Anderson tweeted "Awful scenes around the country. Saw it first hand in Birmingham last (Monday) night. Great to see people coming together to help with the clean up."

Mumbai Mirror's Deepak Narayanan on Twitter said "Indian manager confirms all players are safe and accounted for and that they are "keeping a close watch on the situation."

"Hi friends its been long since I tweeted, the team is safe here in birmingham. About to leave for practice. Peace....." tweeted Pragyan Ojha. The left-arm spinner replaced injured Harbhajan Singh in England.

England head to Edgbaston knowing another victory will give then both an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the four-match series and see them replace their opponents at the top of the ICC's Test Championship table.

Guardian reported Edgbaston Test will go on however England's football friendly against Holland has been cancelled.

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