England vs India – Test series preview

After sharing the spoils in limited overs action so far this summer, attention now turns to an eagerly-anticipated five-match Test series between England and India.

India’s 2-1 victory in the T20 international series was matched by England’s 2-1 series win after three One Day Internationals.

After a scintillating period of white-ball cricket, England’s Test team will once again be under the spotlight, with Joe Root certainly having a point to prove.

A miserable winter, which included a 4-0 Ashes defeat to Australia and the subsequent 1-0 loss in New Zealand, was then followed by a 1-1 series draw at home to Pakistan.

Question marks still remain over a permanent opening partner for Alastair Cook, whilst the likes of Mark Stoneman and James Vince have failed to establish themselves in the top order.

A resurgent Jos Buttler is a definite plus for the Test team, whilst the emergence of Sam Curran and Dom Bess has injected some much-needed youth into a bowling attack that has been largely ineffective in recent times.

James Anderson and Stuart Broad have over 950 wickets between them, but an over-reliance on the duo has meant that teams often target first and second change bowlers after seeing off the new ball.

Challenges won’t come much bigger than India for Joe Root’s side, as a team packed full of talent targets a similar result to that of the 4-0 thrashing England suffered in the sub-continent at the end of Cook’s captaincy reign.

After winning nine Test series in a row, India’s winning streak came to an end when South Africa took a 2-1 series win in January. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been ruled out of the upcoming series, whilst Jasprit Bumrah is also a doubt.

With the bat, India have some tremendous options including the imperious Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara, whilst their spin department has always been a nuisance for England teams over the last few years.

A series win could re-invigorate England but defeat could spell big trouble for Root ahead of another big winter of cricket.

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