India in England: Virat Kohli’s men look for happy hunting grounds

first_imgTest matches in England are traditionally dominated by team with the better fast bowlers in their playing XI.England’s current generation has seen James Anderson and Stuart Broad win them numerous matches owing to their combined brilliance in whites.The upcoming five-match Test series against India promises 42 days of action-packed cricket with the duke ball testing the best in the business in trying conditions.But unlike the last series in 2014, where fast bowlers dominated proceedings, experts are predicting a different outcome this time around.Also read – India in England: Brief history of 6 Test wins in 43 yearsEngland is in the middle of its warmest summer in recent years and there is a chance the conditions might favour spinners.This doesn’t mean that the fast bowlers won’t be dangerous but it just evens out the contest a bit as India has world class spinners in Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and the rookie Kuldeep Yadav.Also read – Tendulkar hopeful of a good show from Kohli, Team India in England TestsEngland were also contemplating recalling leg-spinner Adil Rashid due to this very reason, who was in top form during the one-day series.In fact given the hot and dry conditions, former captain Allan Lamb backed the Indians as the favourites to win the series.Also read – Can India repeat history in England after 47 years with new-age spin trio?”India will start as the favourites going into the series. I expect the conditions to be in their favour as the series unfolds,” Lamb said in an interview with the Times of India.advertisement”It has not rained here much in the last few weeks. This will result in wickets being on the drier side and that should bring the Indian spinners into play. I would go with a 3-1 scoreline in favour of India,” Lamb had said.Virat Kohli probably embarrassed by 2014 tour, wants to do better: Graeme SwannLamb also wants to see Kuldeep Yadav in action in the Test series after the chinaman impressed with his performance in the limited-overs series where none of the English batsmen, barring Jos Buttler and Joe Root, were able to pick his variations.”I am impressed with Kuldeep. Yes, Joe Root and a few others did read him in the one-dayers, but I would want to still see him in action in the Tests. He and Ashwin will be a good combination to go with,” Lamb said.Joe Root’s bat-drop in front of Virat Kohli could be a huge mistakeSPIN FRIENDLY VENUES IN ENGLANDKuldeep’s best performance on the tour so far has come at Trent Bridge where he picked up a 6-wicket haul in the first ODI. It is also the venue for the third Test match from August 18.James Anderson reclaims top spot in ICC Test bowling rankingsKuldeep destroyed the English top-order with the wickets of Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root, with the last two falling in the same over. He then returned for another spell and removed Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and David Willey to record the best bowling figures by a left-arm wrist spinner in ODI history.The Rose Bowl in Southampton is another ground where spinners have done well in the recent past.India’s only practice match ahead of England Tests reduced to 3 day-affairIn fact the last Test match played at this ground was the third match between England and India four years ago when Ravindra Jadeja picked up five wickets in the match while Moeen Ali spun England to victory with 8 wickets including a 6-wicket haul in the second innings.The fourth Test will be played at the Rose Bowl and Jadeja might be India’s preferred choice looking at his past record on this ground.THE LORD’S HEADACHE India beat England by 95 runs at Lord’s in 2014 to win its first match at the Mecca of Cricket after 28 years (Reuters Photo)The Mecca of Cricket has proved to be an Achilles heel of sorts for England as their record at Lord’s in the last 10 years is nothing to boast about.England have hosted 22 Test matches here since 2008 with 11 wins, 6 losses and 5 draws. This is also the same venue where India registered one of its most memorable wins after beating England by 95 runs in the second Test in 2014.Memories from that win should still be fresh in the Indian camp with three major performers from that game – Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane and Murali Vijay – expected to play big a part in the second Test at Lord’s once again from August 9.advertisementIndia will clinch the series if they win the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Test at these three venues but the job will be easier said than done. Experts are giving the visitors a good chance of creating history in England while the conditions are also expected to favour spinners and India has a better bunch of them than the hosts.It is now up to Virat Kohli’s team to deliver the results on the field for the month-and-a-half starting from August 1.last_img read more

CARL Forster has joined London Broncos on loan for

first_imgCARL Forster has joined London Broncos on loan for the next month.The 21-year-old prop forward has played four times for the club whilst also spending time dual registered with Swinton and Rochdale.“Although Carl is in the early stages of his career, he has had a good pre-season and has shown a lot of potential,” Saints CEO Mike Rush said. “It’s clear he needs to be playing week in week out at the highest level and going on loan to London will give him that chance.”Saints will also have several players ‘dual-registered’ this weekend and these will be announced shortly.last_img