London: The English weather is notoriously fickle, so it was surprising to see the first three Tests take place under consistently warm, balmy conditions.

But, it would have been too much to ask for the weather gods not to interfere, and that's precisely what happened at Old Trafford in the previous game where it rained misery, both literally and metaphorically for India.

The conditions were no different at the Oval yesterday, when MS Dhoni's men were forced to practice indoors after it began raining heavily ahead of their nets. The playing square remained covered as rain pelted down throughout the afternoon.

According to a few of the second XI Surrey bowlers who had a close look at the track as they waited for India to arrive at the nets, there's dampness in the pitch.

With England keen on making the most of the conditions, plenty of grass has been left on what normally is a slow and low track, and it remains to be seen to what extent it will be shaved off before the start of the game.

According to the weather bureau, one is likely to witness heavy cloud cover throughout the game with the sun making sporadic appearances. As a result India could replace Ravindra Jadeja with all-rounder Stuart Binny who was dropped after the first two Tests.