The writing's on the wall: England's the new No. 1 test team in the world and they've beaten India by at least a convincing 3-0 margin! However, there's one last chapter remaining in this one-sided story--the fourth and final test at the Kennington Oval in London starting today.

No matter what happens here, the fate of this series and the two teams has already been sealed. The only thing India can hope to take away from this test is salvaging some pride and avoiding total humiliation. However, for that to happen, a lot of things need to change and several factors need to play out India's way.

First of all, the playing eleven needs to be mended, what with the limited resources available. Looks like it's time for the overworked and underachieving quicks like Sreesanth and/or Ishant Sharma to sit this one out and make way for R. P. Singh and possibly young spinner Pragyan Ojha.

Playing two spinners might not be such a bad thing, given the fact that the English batsmen have pretty much figured out India's pace attack. Besides, Amit Mishra's spin was the only thing that seemed to confuse the English at Trent Bridge. By adding Ojha to the equation, India might just be able to make inroads into a very solid England lineup that bats deeper than any other test team in recent memory

The pitch at the Oval is usually a batsman's paradise, and assists the spinners in the latter stages. Does that mean India will go for a dual-pronged spin attack?

As far as India's batting lineup goes, Suresh Raina might just make room for the untested Virat Kohli. The English pacers are all too aware of Raina's vulnerability against the short ball, and have used it to their advantage throughout the series, making him a sitting duck! Kohli, on the other hand, is a much better batsman against the short ball and might use the opportunity to step up and shine.

Meanwhile, the rest of the batting lineup also needs to show up! After all the hype surrounding his return, all Virender Sehwag managed was a golden pair in the third test. It's high time he plays like he normally does--at a brisk rate while demoralizing the opposition bowlers. There's no room for defensive batting in his repertoire, but he'd do well to grind it out for a bit and get his eye in before swinging away at every single delivery. A quickfire 50-odd runs from his blade will do India a world of good.

Sachin Tendulkar, on the other hand, has looked good but failed to stay at the crease during his last few innings. Although Indian fans don't have much to cheer about, the master blaster's hundredth hundred will help cushion the devastating blow of a stinging defeat.

As for England, they're likely to make a couple of changes to their playing eleven, with middle-order batsman Ravi Bopara and fast bowler Graham Onions are likely to play. However, the core lineup remains the same with Andrew Strauss and his formidable team gunning for a 4-0 whitewash.

The Indians will have to forget about whatever has transpired so far and start anew--just the way they should have in the second and third tests. Hopefully, the fourth time's the charm! Here's to a great test match and an Indian victory. Surely it's time for Dhoni's luck to return to him--with interest