England v India 2011 June 21, 2011

'England are ready for India' - Boycott

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Geoffrey Boycott believes England are ready for the challenge of taking on India, the world's No. 1 Test team, who arrive in the country next month for the start of a four-Test series. Speaking to ESPNcricinfo after the third Test against Sri Lanka had finished as a draw, Boycott said the form of captain Andrew Strauss was the only major concern in a side that was otherwise brimful of confidence, and added the height, pace and accuracy of Chris Tremlett was sure to provide India's batsmen with a formidable challenge.

"I think we're ready for India," Boycott said. "England are in a good position. Everyone but Strauss is playing well, so unless we get serious injuries, we're ready. Strauss's place is not in jeopardy. He's the captain, and he's got a terrific record. But he needs to get runs in the middle because he didn't get any against Sri Lanka."

Strauss finished the series with a meagre tally of 27 runs in four innings, and after the match it was announced he would finetune his preparations by playing for Somerset during India's practice match in Taunton, starting July 15. "Strauss has a problem against left-arm seamers, so Zaheer Khan will enjoy that," said Boycott. "He needs to face a lot of left-arm seamers in the nets and get used to the angle. Right-arm bowlers coming round the wicket is a different thing altogether."

In general terms, however, England could hardly wish to be in a better frame of mind going in to one of the most anticipated Test series in recent years. Every other member of England's top seven is playing at or near the top of their game; Ian Bell confirmed his coming-of-age with two centuries in three Tests against Sri Lanka, and Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott picked upfrom where they left off in the Ashes with 557 runs in the series between them.

"Cook is playing out of his skin, Bell is playing out of his skin, Trott's playing well too, and Kevin Pietersen played a fantastic innings of 85," said Boycott. "It was the best he's played for a long time, better than his double-hundred in Adelaide, because 75% of runs were scored in the V between mid-off and mid-on. His judgment of line and length, and his defensive technique were spot on, and the only way he got out, in my opinion, was a little bit of ego. He wanted a hundred before the close, and flashed at a wide one."

However, the player who really captured the imagination against Sri Lanka was the Man of the Series, Tremlett, whose formidable 6'8" frame posed unique problems in each of the three Tests. He finished with 15 wickets at 23.40, and also forced Sri Lanka's captain Tillakaratne Dilshan to miss the final match with a broken right thumb. Afterwards, Boycott said his methods were reminiscent of three of the greats of the game.

"There's Ambrose, Joel Garner and Glenn McGrath," he said. "When you get tall men who bowl just short of a length, it becomes very difficult to get over the top of the ball. When you're batting, you want to be defending with the bat at 45 degrees, so that the ball hits and goes down. When it gets up too high but it's not a bouncer length, you can't just duck and weave because you've nowhere left to go. It's then that your fingers get trapped, the ball can go to slip or gully, and it causes innumerable problems."

After coming on as first-change in Sri Lanka's first innings, Tremlett was promoted to the new ball at the expense of Stuart Broad, who had struggled for rhythm early on, but grew in confidence as the game progressed. Boycott approved of the move, saying Tremlett and James Anderson, with their contrasting styles, were the logical pairing to lead the line against India.

England are in a good position. Everyone but Strauss is playing well, so unless we get serious injuries, we're ready.
Geoff Boycott

"I've never thought of Stuart Broad as an opening bowler," said Boycott. "He doesn't move the ball enough and when he does swing it he does it from the arm, he doesn't swing it late like Jimmy Anderson, who goes down the pitch then swings. The earlier it swings, the easier it is to play with it, whichever way it's going.

"Stuart swings from the arm, and a lot of the time it doesn't swing at all, although he's got some pace," he added. "I think he needs to be a first-change seamer. If he can bowl line and length in the corridor of uncertainty on a fullish length, use the bouncer sparingly, wisely, and accurately, he can do a very good job for England, because he can bat a bit as well. He's a bit of an allrounder, but he's not an opening bowler."

Despite his confidence in their abilities, Boycott was critical of England's failure to close out the contest in spite of the weather. "England didn't win this game because of way they performed on the first day," he said. "They won the toss in great conditions and should have bowled Sri Lanka out for 80-100. To let them get 184 meant wasted runs and wasted time, because they'd have had three extra hours to bowl before the rain, and Sri Lanka would have been much more down. It was pretty ordinary on a great bowling pitch."

Andrew Miller is UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY sunny1307 on | June 24, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    I m in Indian supporter but to be honest England will win this series 2-0.Alastair Cook will be the player of the series.Sachin will score 248 runs in 4 tests.Mark my words......im not being sycophant towards England......

  • POSTED BY bhaloniaz on | June 24, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    "we will talk with bat.... go India ... go India... win the series 4-0..." Is that how you talk with the bat? before the series start? England would take that;-)

  • POSTED BY bhaloniaz on | June 24, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    "I think Indians are little complacent right now after having won the world cup."? Little? complacent? They are out of the world. They scare other test teams with Sreesanth and Ishant. Fortunately for india, indian fans are getting carried away, indian batsmen are not getting carried away. Their bowlers know their limit and would probably do ok with that limit. Tremlett seems to be a bowler who can cause a quite a lot of problems for other teams [Off course not india, we all know how indian batsmen are known for dealing with short stuff ;-) ].

  • POSTED BY Suresh.Balajee on | June 24, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    Irrespective of Tremlett or Anderson, India has the good batting line up to tackle England bowlers. The only concern for India is the lack of practice match. They have only one practice game before the 1st test, which may require little more time to adapt to England conditions.

  • POSTED BY JAANANGEL on | June 24, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    Yes English Team is in good form in 5 day cricket but Indian team is also in Best form. Team India hasn't lost a single Test Series since 2008/09. Last time when Indian Team visited England the series was won by India 1-0. This might me the close contest but India might get the edge over England as Gambhir, Sehwag, Sachin, Yuvraj, and Zaheer getting back into the team.

  • POSTED BY koldmeat on | June 24, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    I think England will the Test series very easily as they have an extremely formidable pace attack which I do not think Indian batsmen will be able to cope up with. On the other hand India will be tough to beat in 1 dayers and T20 though I think England will narrowly take the one day series. As for T20 its 50-50. The reason I say this because, everybody knows and it is proven now, India is a very poor touring side.

  • POSTED BY on | June 24, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    we will talk with bat.... go India ... go India... win the series 4-0...

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2011, 20:26 GMT

    To Mr.Boycott-talking abt the England team, they have Strauss, Trott, Pieterson from South Africa and Morgan from Ireland...........that means top 4 are not from England.So first get ur right team and then talk abt Indians...........

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    STRAUSS VERSUS SEHWAG COOK VERSUS GAMBHIR TROTT VERSUS DRAVID PIETERSON VERSUS SACHIN BELL VERSUS LAXMAN MORGAN VERSUS YUVRAJ PRIOR VERSUS DHONI SWANN VERSUS HARBHAJAN BROAD VERSUS PARVEEN ANDERSON VERSUS ZAHEER TREMLETT VERSUS ISHANTH

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    ma dream team, viru, gauti, dravid, sachin, laxman, yuvi, dhoni, bhajji, pk, zak, ishant. Extras- Irfan, mishra, pujara, raina...... dis team vl rock

  • POSTED BY sunny1307 on | June 24, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    I m in Indian supporter but to be honest England will win this series 2-0.Alastair Cook will be the player of the series.Sachin will score 248 runs in 4 tests.Mark my words......im not being sycophant towards England......

  • POSTED BY bhaloniaz on | June 24, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    "we will talk with bat.... go India ... go India... win the series 4-0..." Is that how you talk with the bat? before the series start? England would take that;-)

  • POSTED BY bhaloniaz on | June 24, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    "I think Indians are little complacent right now after having won the world cup."? Little? complacent? They are out of the world. They scare other test teams with Sreesanth and Ishant. Fortunately for india, indian fans are getting carried away, indian batsmen are not getting carried away. Their bowlers know their limit and would probably do ok with that limit. Tremlett seems to be a bowler who can cause a quite a lot of problems for other teams [Off course not india, we all know how indian batsmen are known for dealing with short stuff ;-) ].

  • POSTED BY Suresh.Balajee on | June 24, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    Irrespective of Tremlett or Anderson, India has the good batting line up to tackle England bowlers. The only concern for India is the lack of practice match. They have only one practice game before the 1st test, which may require little more time to adapt to England conditions.

  • POSTED BY JAANANGEL on | June 24, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    Yes English Team is in good form in 5 day cricket but Indian team is also in Best form. Team India hasn't lost a single Test Series since 2008/09. Last time when Indian Team visited England the series was won by India 1-0. This might me the close contest but India might get the edge over England as Gambhir, Sehwag, Sachin, Yuvraj, and Zaheer getting back into the team.

  • POSTED BY koldmeat on | June 24, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    I think England will the Test series very easily as they have an extremely formidable pace attack which I do not think Indian batsmen will be able to cope up with. On the other hand India will be tough to beat in 1 dayers and T20 though I think England will narrowly take the one day series. As for T20 its 50-50. The reason I say this because, everybody knows and it is proven now, India is a very poor touring side.

  • POSTED BY on | June 24, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    we will talk with bat.... go India ... go India... win the series 4-0...

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2011, 20:26 GMT

    To Mr.Boycott-talking abt the England team, they have Strauss, Trott, Pieterson from South Africa and Morgan from Ireland...........that means top 4 are not from England.So first get ur right team and then talk abt Indians...........

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    STRAUSS VERSUS SEHWAG COOK VERSUS GAMBHIR TROTT VERSUS DRAVID PIETERSON VERSUS SACHIN BELL VERSUS LAXMAN MORGAN VERSUS YUVRAJ PRIOR VERSUS DHONI SWANN VERSUS HARBHAJAN BROAD VERSUS PARVEEN ANDERSON VERSUS ZAHEER TREMLETT VERSUS ISHANTH

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    ma dream team, viru, gauti, dravid, sachin, laxman, yuvi, dhoni, bhajji, pk, zak, ishant. Extras- Irfan, mishra, pujara, raina...... dis team vl rock

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    I think Praveenkumar will be more than hand full in England . Dhoni is smart enough to know Englands weakness aganist legspin , so Amit misra wont be a surprise inclusion. we do heavy middle order that can tackle any challanges.

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    Ah the excuses are already being trotted out by the Indian fans.......oh not enough practise games LOL

    2-1 Eng

  • POSTED BY sai1991 on | June 23, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    Sachin unleash ur upper cut against tremlet

  • POSTED BY CandidIndian on | June 23, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    Agree with Boycott, England are ready and so are India,surely it will be a great series.India may be no 1 presently but there is very little to choose between India ,England and SA.Its hard to say which is the best test team among these.About facing Anderson and Tremlett , i think experience of playing top class bowlers like Steyn and Morkel no so long ago will help Indian batsman while facing English attack.

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    we have to have enough practise games before the actual tests begin.

  • POSTED BY Iyer on | June 23, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    I think Indians are little complacent right now after having won the world cup. Some of the key players are returning back after injury and rest. Also dravid, laxman and sachin are old now. I know Sachin has been playing at his peak over the last 2 years, but there is no guarantee that he would continue to excel in this series. But I pray he perform well. England on the other hand is at a peak, with all youngsters performing very well. It is anybody's game as of now. Indians have in the past lost the first match of an overseas tour more often, and play rest of the series pretty much with their back on the wall. I doubt this series would be any different. I am confident of Indian bowlers making inroads with the strong england batting line up. I am pessimistic of indian batting surviving the strong English bowling attack. For India to win this series, they need a good batting performance. Otherwise the game would never go to the fifth day unless weather helps!

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | June 23, 2011, 2:45 GMT

    I don't understand what India needs to do in order to make people appreciate them as a team. They are the current world champions, the NO.1 test team in the world, a SUPERB one day and T20 side. What else do you guys need ? I want to ask all English fans this question: with the exception of the Ashes and the World T20 win in 2010, what else has this England team done to merit their superiority over India ??? how many times in the last decade has this English team won in India or anywhere else in the subcontinent ? On the other hand, India drew and beat England in their last 2 encounters of the past decade. Please Pomms enough. Get ready to be embarrassed by the champions this summer. I am certainly looking forward to a lot of English heads rolling following the series.

  • POSTED BY subbass on | June 23, 2011, 0:10 GMT

    4-0 England. This Indian team is going to get a rude awakening once they get over here.

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    england should watch out for ishant sharma... he is hitting 150kph.... if its trmlett for england then its ishant for india.... and then there are zaheer and sree... but english team are bowling to a middle order which has seen and played well against walsh.. ambrose... grath lee tait akthar.. and the list continues... england may have good bowlers but not as good as morkel and steyn at present.. if india can handle those folks in south africa they can handle any one any where... watch out for sachin as always... if its laxman for australia then its dravid for england....

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    pls dont say it again v r ready yet again jumping the gun how many times have heard this boycs always it ll b a dream 4 u english men and 1 mr thing v will win with a doubt and ur theories of tremlet being threat just a big fluk of urs and u ll be able 2 c sachin getting his 100 100 k

  • POSTED BY siddharth_WC2011 on | June 22, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    With a full strength Indian team and England at home will be a fascinating contest to watch. The Indian team has hit a "blue" patch and it will be an interesting watch with both teams in their peak. I think for India, Sehwag & ZK will decide whether we win or lose the series. Whoever wins, I wish its a thrilling and exciting series.

  • POSTED BY crikkfan on | June 22, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    I'd like to add to the comments abt Zak being India's premier bowler. Sreesanth is going to be a handful in English conditions - mark my words. Who remembers he causing Kallis - the best batsman of the SA tour - to hop ? At 140+ pace and swinging conditions he is going to be a perfect counterfoil to Zak.

  • POSTED BY svinodmenon on | June 22, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    The English Pitches would back fire england team like what we saw in the Ind - S.A Series and there is no doubt. Ishant would be eagerly waiting for the chance to bowl at England's middle order. Indian batsman are capable of scoring runs faster than england team. England can't bowl 6 bouncers in an over, however india can play bounce as they learnt in recent past. Tough time for England team as they have not lost series in recent times at home. Hence the atmost presure is on England. CAn English team survive the indian test...????

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    i think people do not give indian bowlers enough credit.. indians r always slow starter so first test will be really important..with ishant bowling with lot of rythm and zaheer being back and praveen with his swing can unsettle ENG..my wild cards r harbhajan and sreesanth..if sree gets his act right, he can destroy any batting side..real contest will be between Ind batting vs Eng bowling..to me anderson is more lethal than tremlett, indians have stood up againts pacers all over the world in last 5 yrs..why this series would be any different ? a really tight contest where ENG condition might just help indian bowlers more than people anticipate..

  • POSTED BY sanjivcena1 on | June 22, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    i think SLrajitha from srilanka has no sense to appreciate wat india has done in cricket from last 3 years, still burning from the world cup final loss. India is the the num1 tset side adn current world champs , and srilanka cant beat INDIA in their home turf also , i think he should get his facts right ..

  • POSTED BY Arjun_CB on | June 22, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    Hi All, Dont you all feel it's very childish to say, Eng will destroy Ind,/ Sub continental batsmen can't play in Eng?/ Ind batsmen will struggle in Eng?? and so on... !!!! India is the No.1 Test Side at the moment (for more than 1 year), and it is the same ranking system that kept Eng as No2(Even Eng can't perfom in Sub continental conditions)..... then please expain me why and what you all think how IND is at No.1? its because they are performing well.. if Eng performs.... they can win, If india does.. they will..... One thing is sure, This will be a cracker of a series.... waiting for the series.......

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | June 22, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    It will all come down to how well Ind bat and how many wickets Zaheer takes!

    If one or the other fails then, Eng will win and if both fire then Ind will win.

  • POSTED BY vjkrthk on | June 22, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    @SLrajitha: I guess you are not aware how the rankings are prepared. If a side plays lot of matches they need to be more consistent in order to maintain high average points to stay on top. So spare a few seconds, think before commenting..:-)

  • POSTED BY World-Champs-TEAM-INDIA on | June 22, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    ENGLISH SIDE = players from Sa players from ireland some mediocre local lads also.

  • POSTED BY arunkumar_s6 on | June 22, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    both sides are very balanced now... It will be a good contest going forward... There won't be any predictions. It's all depends upon the pitch both teams are going to play. At least it won't be like Srilanka's tour of England where they don't even know how to win a match against england. India got some good bowlers like inform Zaheer, Munaf, Ishanth, and now praveen too... We got variety in spin too... Bajji, and Mishra or Ojha or Ashwin... As far as batting is concerned all the rested will players will comeback for england series which makes a good Indian top and middle order batting with shewag, ghambir, dravid, sachin, laxman, dhoni, raina/kholi... Last time when india played in england, it was zaheer who cost all problems for england batsman... Peterson fell almost a victim to zaheer whenever he comes to bat... But at the sametime, England also are in good form... so it's worth watching... Both teams r best and that's y they are at top places in rankings...

  • POSTED BY vjkrthk on | June 22, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    @SLrajitha : Well lets wait and watch what happens... but as of now it is Srilanka which is already destroyed...lol.. you cant digest that SL is jus an average team in Test Cricket. They have huge scores, partnerships(resulting only in draws)they never had a dominating test side...Heights of Jealousy in display in ur comments.

  • POSTED BY concerned_cricketer on | June 22, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    In my prediction, this series will be decided by the bowlers. Yes Cook, Trott and KP will have roles along with Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir,Dravid and Laxman but they will be supporting role, side roles. The battle will be fought by Chris Tremlett, James Anderson and to a lesser extent Broad and Swann on the one side. And Zaheer, Sreesanth, Ishant on the other. The star in the English side will be Tremlett but the star of the series will be Zaheer who will win it for India just like he did it last time. Only this time he won't need any jelly beans, he has become better than in 2007 and is full of beans. Surely Tremlett will trouble the batsmen but Zaheer will lead the pack of India's slightly less pacy but talent bunch of bowlers. Virat Kohli will establish himself as a regular member of the squad when the masters retire. Dhoni will add another feather to his captain's cap. KP and Cook will shine but will not be able to stop India.

  • POSTED BY arun.pras on | June 22, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    @SLRajitha: The WC final loss still hurts, isnt it? The wounds are yet to heal, isnt it? Its evident from your comments. If conditions are helpful for batting, there's no way England are gonna challenge the batting line up that has Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Sachin, Laxman, Dhoni. If conditions are helpful for bowling, Zaheer will rip the English apart. So dream on.

  • POSTED BY Rayvolution on | June 22, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    One way Traffic!! Apart from Zaheer, Boycs hasn't mentioned name of any Indian player - not even the quartet of Sachin, Dravid, Sehwag & Laxman who have almost 40,000 runs between them. In the 2007 Ind-Eng seriesTremlett was as ineffective as an omelet without an egg!

  • POSTED BY IndianDude1 on | June 22, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    It will be the biggest treat to watch these two great test playing sides playing against each other. It would not have gone better that this. Sachin,Sehwag, Dravid , Laxman playing against some good pace balling in swinging conditions. On the other hand i would love to watch the contest between Indian fast ballers (Zaheer,Praveen) as they are pretty good in swinging the ball. On the other hand , i would expect emergning players like to Trott and Morgan to do well as this series could silent their critics. In all would love to see legends play some good cricket..

  • POSTED BY phani131 on | June 22, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    @SLrajitha:

    please do remember your comments till the end of the tour.....and then see how your statement looks at the end.....i m not talking about england beating india, i m talking about indian seamers not able to perform. That will prove absolutely wrong.

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    @SLrajitha : Dude , get a life. Get over jealousy for India , it won't do any good to you.I don't understand that why srilankans are so jealous of our success all the time.What wrong we have done to you guys ? It seems its all frustation. Believe it or not , series is going to be way much competitive than this SL series.Exactly same kind of comments we had to swallow from all over the world when India toured SA.And now everyone knows what happened.Whats the problem with you guys , can't you be sportive ? Can't you just be gentleman enough to appreciate what your peer teams have achieved ? . I admire English team also , but Indians will give them befitting reply in every department.As far as bowling is concerned , Zaheer ,Ishant ,Praveen are enough if provided english swing conditions.And btw i was surprised to see SL's bowling attack.Just one word for it - PATHETIC.

  • POSTED BY vparisa on | June 22, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    Last time England beat India was way way back in 1996 and currently India is holder of pataudi trophy. The current Indian team has beaten the 2005 Ashes winning England team (sans Jones) in 2007 in England. 2005 English team is a better side than the current team. However, the series will be a draw at 1-1. Yeah tremlett will trouble but in one test. Its dead end for England if they take Indian bowling lightly. If India can win in South Africa against the likes of Kallis, Amla and AB..They can surely get Pietersen, Trott and co.

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | June 22, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    The itinery for the Indian tour of England is quite shocking as Nampally has observed. It is just not cricket that the powers that be in England expect India to be ready in just 4 days of preparation in Ole Blighty. In the past there used to be a minimum of five county games or side fixtures before the Tests start unlike in Australia where there were hardly two games including a farce called the touring side vs the Prime Minister's XI.I never thought England too would stoop to this level because as we saw in the Movie Lagaan, they are pretty fair. Is it the prospect of rising in the rankings what has caused them to this manner of short changing India. Sometimes dubious schemes backfire. It happened in Australia when India went there in 2007/2008. India were unprepared in Melbourne with just one practice match before and so lost. Then Sydney happened and then the turnaround in Perth. Australia's image took a beating. I hope the English were more sporting. No1 or No 2 notwithstanding.

  • POSTED BY iccchariman on | June 22, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    Guys, why so much fuzz about the upcoming series. Boycott said England can give a good fight to India and he is absolutely right in his assumption! Being an Indian, i do suport India to win the series ahead of England. But that doesn't mean Engalnd are too bad. Like India they too deserve a place where they are in the ranking. Although we hold the No-1 Test team tag, India is still to prove that we are as dominant as the WINDIES in 80s and the AUSSIES in the last decade! In the current lot of cricketing nations India plays well and others are not as consistent as India.That is the reason we are above other teams. We need to start winning series abroad regularythan drawing series especially in SA/AUS/ENG to rate ourselves as a intimidating test nation. WINDIES were the undisputed champions in 80s when there was no ranking systems in place. Can we rate India like that today?No. I am sure many of you will agree to it.All the best India!

  • POSTED BY SLrajitha on | June 22, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    England Will destroy India. No doubt in my mind. India dont have the bowlers to pose any threat. India not the best test side in the world. they play lot of cricket that is the reason to be No 1 in paper. for me Eng is the best test side in the world. I am Sri lankan

  • POSTED BY Clive_Dunn on | June 22, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    Well, I think we can be certain that the winner here will be cricket.

    Unless Sreesanth plays of course.

  • POSTED BY OopsIsaiditagain on | June 22, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    Rest of the World vs India ...good contest... India should win the contest if they get all the Non-English players out...England bowling plan would include...target the chest region with the ball and make use of the conditions here in UK...

  • POSTED BY SLrajitha on | June 22, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    Dear Indians, Anderson & tremlet will damage india. 100 % sure indial will fail to face & bounce. England face bolers 1000 times better then indian attack. batting line both in Equal. Finaly Eng will win.

  • POSTED BY screamingeagle on | June 22, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    Cant wait for the test series between united nations and india... Just kidding, I am sure all the Eng players are as English as they come. :P

  • POSTED BY Horn.OK.Please on | June 22, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    India can beat England playing upside down

  • POSTED BY screamingeagle on | June 22, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    It is gonna be fun. I somehow always enjoy watching the uptight Englishmen get beaten. Only, this time they wil not get beaten; they will be HAMMERED. lol. Cheers guys. Stock up on the beer....

  • POSTED BY BifferSpice on | June 22, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    fans of both teams predicting thrashings are talking rubbish. these are two of the top 3 teams in the world, and it should be a fantastic series. i do think indian fans are underestimating our batting lineup. while you have more long established batsmen, i think it is a marginal call in terms of current talent, and england's are all in form. while i think our bowling attack is ahead of india's, i don't think there is any real doubt that it's going to be a batting-heavy series. lots of high scores, and potential draws. it's going to come down to who takes their chances best in the field, if you ask me. i also think it's a disgrace that india refuse to use the UDRS, and i hope it comes back to haunt them. it's progress, and if it takes some bad decisions for the indians to come onside with it, then so be it.

  • POSTED BY embu on | June 22, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    makes a nice change to hear england are ready for india on their home turf.remember the time when india used to say we are ready for england when they toured england.how times have changed

  • POSTED BY crics_fan812 on | June 22, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    both r well balanced side....so there is no point in predicting...hope for a good contest..on a swinging and bouncig wickets bowling differences are narrowed up...n its alwayz comes to batsman....how they handle the bowler...even if one like anil kumble can make century which none other had did on that tour for india,there is no reason to predict result...,and in such a close contest rain will play a very important role to decide the result......since its 4 match long test series...india will benefit for there learn from conditions ability....so if england want to do gud they shud do that in 1st or 2nd test,otherwise its not possible afterwards to contain india....,if they fail to get 1-0 or 2-0 lead initially i think india will have a lot more chances to win the series than england,so if rains ruins initial matches...it will benefit india a lot,in other way if 3rd or 4th is ruined it will benefit england,if india is able to go for a draw in 1st test...england will fell the heat then

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    For all those saying that India don't play well away from home, check out the link below....India's away record over the past 5 years is second only to South Africa's.

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;home_or_away=2;orderby=win_loss_ratio;spanmax 2=22+Jun+2011;spanmin2=22+Jun+2006;spanval2=span;template=results;type=team

    Looking forward to an exciting series!

  • POSTED BY Notredam on | June 22, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    I predict..india to win 2:1 or 1:0..or max 1:1 draw ..if england play very well..

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | June 22, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    English team is the best test team NOW in the world TILL Oz did't regroup. i think finn OR onion is better than broad look at the previous performance. tremlett hit the pitch soo hard like steyn does. i think tremlett harmisson & finn/ onion is the best combination. the only difference between english & indian team is when england takes lead in first inning india plays for draw. when india take lead in 1st inning england still plays for win.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | June 22, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    English team is the best test team NOW in the world TILL Oz did't regroup. i think finn OR onion is better than broad look at the previous performance. tremlett hit the pitch soo hard like steyn does. i think tremlett harmisson & finn/ onion is the best combination. the only difference between english & indian team is when england takes lead in first inning india plays for draw. when india take lead in 1st inning england still plays for win.

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | June 22, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    Much chest-beating from nationalistic supporters on both sides in these posts! Anyone who confidently attempts to predict the outcome of this series should first claim the gift of prophecy. There is, however, one matter that no one has commented on thus far - Viz. the detailed planning of the campaign - and it is this aspect (Fletcher versus Flower) that enthralls me: both managers are forensic in their attention to detail - and both can point to major successes in recent years. I hesitate to predict the outcome of the test series, apart from stating the blindingly obvious; it'll be very close, and small margins and the reliability of the umpiring (did someone whisper UDRS?) may well prove crucial in the final outcome. So, not pretending to be a prophet, I surmise that Dhoni et al may regret their timidity to accept the referral system before the dust has settled! It will be no more that a just desert after all the spurious arguments they have presented. Hubris. Hubris!

  • POSTED BY Sautrik on | June 22, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    It will be a tight series but one must remeber that last time, india came in with a weaker side and won the test series. This side is much stronger, and i don't think england have ever beaten this side, so india will definitely hav a psychological advantage. Hopefully india will not have injuries and we will be able to play the full test 11 - sehwag, gambhir, tendulkar, dravid, laxman, dhoni,yuvraj, harbhajan, zaheer for sure.however do expect surprises cos i am quite surprised that a strong team like sri lanka have been convincingly beaten. they must be missing the services of malinga, murli, matthews

  • POSTED BY blahdragon99 on | June 22, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    Rashid Beig - your saying india will lose 3-0 because they are lambs abroad. Look at the recent overseas tours of india. India have played and won against NZ, Bangladesh overseas. But the most telling result to show this side is different and is justifiable positioned at No 1 is the 1-1 series against south africa. India lost the first team by an innings, but came back to win the second match. They would have one the series had it not been for kallis. Also another thing to mention they didn't play the series with a full strength team, khan (missed first test) gambhir (missed second test). I would say that india will have a good chance of a series win, if they play the best bowling attack in the world and in their condition and came with a credible 1-1 result. I don't think england can get a 3-0 win against india, steyn and morkel are alot better then tremlett and anderson.

  • POSTED BY A.Rahman.Sabir on | June 22, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    Well, looking at the current performance and forms of both England and India it is promising to be a great test series. Regardless of their position in ICC ranking, its a true test of India. It will be very interesting to see how the Top order of India faces some quality bowling of England on some testing pitches. Personally I would love to see Indian batsmen play against the like of Anderson, Swan, Tremmlet and Broad. Lets hope for some great cricket....

  • POSTED BY indianzen on | June 22, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    oh my good English fans... Knife can't cut wood mates... Indian team right now has the best batting squad in the world and adding Badrinath is making it still effective. Bowling department, Indians have got new swords like Praveen who can move the ball more than a spinner and Zaky can reverse and Ishant can swing in to the stumps. Bajji Mishra and Ashwin who ever given the chance will certainly bag wickets, having just Trott for batting and just Tremlett for bowling will not work... remember INDIA WILL BE AT FULL STRENGTH...

  • POSTED BY Vijay_MatchWinner on | June 22, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    It will be the most exciting series ever. England bowlers Vs India Batsmen. I wish Praveen shares the new ball with Zaheer.

  • POSTED BY Prakashshah on | June 22, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    Dear Rashid Beig please come online and post you comment after the series is over guess u have written this message thinking Sacin, Dravid, Laxman, Sewagh, Dhoni, Yuraj, Gautam, Harbhajan, Zaheer,Ishant are not going to England. But unfortunatly they are going to rip england apart. Best of luck to your england team they need it.

  • POSTED BY Munkeymomo on | June 22, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    a lot of talk about India's bowling attack, which is quite surprising!? Zaheer is your only good bowler, seriously. Sharma is inconsistant and Sreesanth has to be the most over-rated player in history. Whilst Zaheer is no doubt one of the best seamers in the world I feel you attack lacks depth and will struggle in England. The batting is no doubt the best lineup in the world and England will need to bowl better than they did against SL, thought they were very poor in this series.

    @Vinit Gour, Behave sunshine. This second string India side would get hammered by England.

  • POSTED BY indianzen on | June 22, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    Ishant and Praveen are ripping through WI who are swinging the ball like a dolly. Adding Zaheer and Bajji just makes and Attack deadlier... My only concern is Trott and Bell who can really adopt to swing and can rotate the strike well. I have no issues over Tremlett and Jimmy, they have been less effective against India and also we have VVS, Dravid who are practicing on gravel surfaces. Badrinath can also be the best middle order whom we are looking upon...

  • POSTED BY div09 on | June 22, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    OMG R U SERIOUS !!! INDIA WILL THRASH ENGLAND. Chris tremlett cant do anything against the experienced sachin, dravid, laxman, sehwag, gambhir. and the young dhoni, kohli, raina. AND NEVER Criticise India's bowling. India are no.1 u don't just get there with only batting, you need batting, bowling, and fielding and a great captain to get there. AND India had the same bowlers who got them there. and the same batsmen and the same captain. Its easy 2-3 wickets and bye-bye England. IT IS A COLLAPSE THEN. Khan can take Strauss, Bhaji can take trott, Praveen Kumar can take cook. and Ishant Sharma will help with the middle order getting peterson and bell. And tremlett will fail because of our batsmen. swann will fail too because india can play spin well. Anderson is a danger at start but after the shine goes he goes with it. broad is out of form. Team Should be 1) seh 2) gam 3) Dra 4) Ten 5) Lax 6) koh 7) dho 8) bha 9) kum 10) zah 11) ish. GO INDIA !! CHAK DE INDIA !! GO SMASH THE ENGLISH !!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    ooyy boycotttt.... If India is gng to face Tremlet, tell Tremlet - HE IS GOING TO BOWL TO A FULL STRENGTH INDIAN SIDE...and tht tremlet is going to tremble in sleep....

  • POSTED BY Lakpj on | June 22, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    If conditions assist Tremlet will be the biggest threat. With his height he will continuously bowl at the chest and the throat of the Indian batsman, where they would struggle to score. If India somehow manages to win this there would be no doubt as to who be the best team in the world. But given the conditions and with Trmelett and Anderson in their ranks England will win the series. Broad won't be a problem as he balls rubbish at times. So bring on Onions or Finn instead.

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    This series will prove once and for all that the ICC test series ranking system sucks.. When the english beat indians 3-0 it will be for all to see once and for all that indians are lions at home and lambs abroad

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    Mr.Boycott is talking about the challenge from Tremlett fr the Indians....but i think England should be wary of Ishant Sharma.....bcoz in those green nd seaming conditions...Ishant can rip through d England top order..

  • POSTED BY spiritwithin on | June 22, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    @Optic..india with a far larger number of cricket fans its obvious that the majority of the comments will come from indians fans,if they r trolls then so r u..and india is the no.1 test side since Nov2009 and not from last year as u pointed out...and india drew in SA,Sl,won in WI and eng compared to england who lost in WI,Ind,Sl and drew in SA..england's only saving grace is winning the ashes,they even struggled to beat SL courtesy a one session madness..and whats wrong in rolling out muds in indian pitches??or is it that u fear playing in tracks other than those found in england?..english media always hype their teams as if this is the era of a new dawn be it in football,tennis,cricket lol the list goes on..i can say england r good only in english conditions or conditions which r similar to english weather alas they r struggling even there now,lost to india,SA last time and struggled against to beat SL..btw when was the last time eng won a series against india?oops long back in 1996..

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    if eng cant win against sri lanka convincigly just frgt dream to win against india..eng won series vs lanka because of just 1 poor session for lanka....india is way better team infact best in the world and with sehwag tendulkar gambhir n zaheer sreesanth coming back its impossible for eng to win series and remember MSD IS YET TO LOSE ANY TEST SERIES AS CAPTAIN ....

  • POSTED BY shaantanu on | June 22, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    I am just sick of hearing the same old tirade against India.They were poor travellers no doubt but times have changed.Poor travellers they no longer are.I dont understand why the same argument does not apply to other teams when they travel abroad......Anyway looking forward to a well contested series.England has put together a well gelled team this time.Its about time too.Otherwise cricket was losing its charm in its land of origin with semi decent to poor teams getting constantly whacked by others

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    The Second stream Indian side currently playing in West Indies is good enough to beat this England team convincingly... English team has a big mouth..and India will shut it up for sure

  • POSTED BY ubl2729 on | June 22, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    for dravid sachin laxman any bowler in the world not ready in last 15 year but boycott said eng ready what a joke.

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    Sehwag is better than 99% of England players if he gets Going...As far as Bowling is concerned Zaheer will do the damage as he has been good against left handers..Likes of cook,strauss & Morgan will struggle against him..Pietersen is the one which India needs to worry about.Otherwise I don't see why India not winning the test series comfortably.Think twice Poms this is Not Australia this is Team India..we are the champs.Our Bowlers will run through your batsmen.Chak De India

  • POSTED BY Gully_11 on | June 22, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    This is typical, England & Australia always comment at start of any home tour & try all sort of mind games. Then all their statements & judgments prove contradictory post series....All the best England...u desperately need it.

  • POSTED BY div09 on | June 22, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    STOP SAYING INDIA WILL LOSE They are No.1. You don't just become No.1. and we have become No.1 with these bowlers so when it comes to the bowling stop complaining, and any way england has crap batsman 2-3 wickets and england collapse. When India has batsmen till no.9. I think this should be the team. India 1. Sehwag 2. Gambhir 3 Dravid 4. Tendulkar 5. Laxman 6. Pujara ( If in squad ) ( Or any one who is a good batsman ) 7. Dhoni 8. Harbhajan 9. Zaheer 10. Ishant 11. Munaf/Sreesanth/( Or Some Good Bowler ). Tuff to choose now because the squad isn't announced. India will win 4-0, if not 3-0 or may be if the rain factor comes in 2-0. INDIA WONT LOSE A MATCH.

  • POSTED BY RajeshMys on | June 22, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    England might be at their best right now & they are a formidable side, no doubt. But against India, they will not find it so easy. Beating India is not as easy as beating a young & inexperienced Lankan side which was without Murali, Malinga & Vaas. India will be at full strength for the England tour. SRT, Zak, Viru, Yuvi, Gauti will all come back, so, it will not be a cakewalk for England. India are the No 1 Test team & the World Champions in ODI's, something every English supporter must remember.So if England underestimate India, they will be digging their own grave!!And Dhoni is perhaps the best Captain in the world at present, cool, shrewd & intelligent.He is a Fantastic HR Manager,& knows how to get the best out of every player, even from players with limited abilities! So beware England, you will be facing the World Champions!! All in all, it promises to be an exciting series.If India beat England in England, they deserve to be No 1!! Gud Luck, Team India!

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    Who can forget grandeloquent statements made by Strauss and Flower at the end of their successful Ashes tour early this year? Looking at latest series though, had the tourists not been made to get bogged down by rain-England's most secret weapon of the summer so far, results could have been more than educating for home side. Anyway, if rain doesn't play prominent role in upcoming ODI series (and not forgetting how SL beat ENG 6-0 last time in ENG), how far ENG will slide in their preparations to face the Indian Juggernaut is all to easy to predict--for me, to say the least. I personally believe ENG, by the end of this summer, will find themselves at no. 5 position in test rankings--where they truly belong!

  • POSTED BY vverma on | June 22, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    The big question is how does India tackle the red hot Chris Tremlett. The short answer is the same way they did in 2007.

  • POSTED BY RhinoxRevenge on | June 22, 2011, 4:22 GMT

    can't wait for sehwag vs tremlett, sachin vs anderson, strauss vs zaheer! N BTW DOES ANYONE EXPECT INDIA TO USE A LEFT ARM SPINNER LIKE YUVRAJ AGAINST PIETERSEN?

  • POSTED BY GaneshJayakumar on | June 22, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    yes yes yes. england is well settled side but all know about one day they play like best in the world n other they wil fold anything. need consistency. sure they wil get when face england this time.India have lost in past four series vs eng. 2 home 2 away. i think alteast 2 matches wil be washed out because of rain or batting wicket. HOPE gambhir,sehwag,zaheer n yuvi back in time so that two equal sides face in the interesting battle. england are waiting for this opportunity for long time after they beat Aussies to prove they r number one. but wil annouce they r number one when they beat them.

  • POSTED BY Waterboy_sixs on | June 22, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    Make it sure guys, the IPL fatigue, injuries, unfit tag of world No 1 rank, age old warriors, bouncy pitches will a terrible time for the flat track bullies. James will jam India, Tremlett will trim India and Stuart will stop India and obviously Swan will swine India.

  • POSTED BY yuva19 on | June 22, 2011, 3:29 GMT

    Its gonna be a healthy contest between the two sides.Reality is both country's best openers r havin some niggles.Viru struggles against swing bowling nd wit jimmy opening the attack will surely have his man in short span of time.Nd Strauss havin a really very bad time wit left arm pace bowling wil struggle against Zak.Waitin for the dead rubber windies series to conclude to see this exciting english tour.

  • POSTED BY blondblackberry on | June 22, 2011, 3:21 GMT

    sehwag's form wil be a factor.if he is in form england bowler's wil not be in form.

  • POSTED BY Yorker_ToeCrusher on | June 22, 2011, 3:16 GMT

    If Tremlett happens to read the comments from English fans,he would be under immense pressure.Leave the poor lad,he will be anyway going to haave a tough time bowling to Indian top order.The series will be 2-0 to India and rain will play big part in other 2 draws.

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2011, 3:05 GMT

    @Marcio:

    When did minnows England won a test series against India last time ?

  • POSTED BY mnsr87 on | June 22, 2011, 2:50 GMT

    Its time that they say goodbye to stuart broad, and bring back graham onions as the first change bowler.

  • POSTED BY finisher on | June 22, 2011, 2:35 GMT

    Well it be a nice series. India has to get some good practice matches.. one thing going for England is that there players have got some good match practice. Real indian test time is taking rest. Sehvag,gambir,sachin , zaheer have to play some games to get into rythem. and hope so some of the regulars play well in WI and get some good match practice.. it will be a nice to series to watch.. i want to see some good cricket match. England is really playing well, if india defeats Eng then they deserve No.1 position

  • POSTED BY smudgeon on | June 22, 2011, 2:26 GMT

    It's going to be a pretty good contest - i expect some fireworks for sure. I think England will probably win a very close series, though, and their bowling is going to be the difference here - lots of height, lots of class, and variety.

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2011, 2:21 GMT

    India are now getting warmed up against a hapless West Indian team, they will click into form and be able to give England a run for their money in their own backyard. They are not World Champions by chance. Though England might think they are ready.... they will definately have a tougher fight on their hands than they did against the Sri Lankans!

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    why does everyone complain dat india wil not play well once dey go out of its home?? hw many teams hav won coming to india???? nt lyk the oder teams in da world are grt travelrs!!! so stop blaming india all da tym!!! every team is a champion in der own backyard...n to beat dem in der own backyard...it wil need a champion!!! which i believe INDIA can do!! n pls do note...since india reached da No1 position in tests...no oder cricekting nation has been able to beat india in india!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2011, 1:33 GMT

    India Has become the number 1 team with this bowling attack only...... everytime a question arrives that who will pick the 20 wickets someone comes up with the answer..... we have one of the coolest captain in our ranks ........ batting wise its India in bowling England has the edge captaining wise India is way ahead its that factor because of wch India will win the series......

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2011, 1:33 GMT

    England has lost last 3 series against India. 1 in England and 2 in India. This is the best chance England will get to win a series against India. If they miss this boat again, god knows when England will win a series against India.

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2011, 1:28 GMT

    @ Afridynamite

    The Australian bowling attack we dismantled last winter IN AUSTRALIA! or the Pakistan bowling attack we dismantled last summer in England??

    Yeah, we're awful ... sigh ....

    Personally, can't wait for England - India to begin, think it's nice of the Indians to duck out of using the DRS though, too many batsman susceptable to LBW's I think.... Will be nice to see Sachin bat in England again though, although I hope he hits a horrible vein of form :P

  • POSTED BY Bang_La on | June 22, 2011, 1:12 GMT

    ""I think we're ready for India," Boycott said." Since when Boycott is part of "we" for England? :)

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | June 22, 2011, 1:05 GMT

    England will win this series pretty easily, I predict. India have played far too many games at home on rolled mud in the last 2 years, inflating their ranking. I can't see them being able to win a test in England with their current bowling lineup. The best they can hope for is a drawn series.

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2011, 1:04 GMT

    After Ashes series, the upcoming tests between India and England will be keenly contested one, generating lot of heat and interest.Boycott is right,Indians will find it difficult to negotiate Tremlett.England definitely has variety and in home conditions look to be on the better side.

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2011, 1:04 GMT

    England is an over hyped side that has little substance. Look at their "also-ran" World Cup campaign only a couple of months ago. Whey they toured SA last year, they again looked too uncomfortable and lucky with two last pair saves. Winning a dead Australian side and a Sri Lankan side that never wins outside home, doesnt make Swann & boys superhuman. I'm not saying India is a super great side, but England is a lot more mediocre than India.

  • POSTED BY Optic on | June 22, 2011, 0:51 GMT

    it's funny reading these comments, when a English man comes out and backs his own team, the whole Indian population comes out on mass to troll cricinfo. England players have come out and said it will be a great series against the NO1 team in cricket and they are ready for them and still Indians somehow get offended. Boycott gives his opinion that he thinks England will give India a good game and may beat them and we are here again, lots of Indians trolling and leaving classless comments, surely you cannot be that insecure about your cricket team, that if anyone supports the opposition and thinks they can win, you take great offense to it. The fact is the top 3 teams are very close atm and India is not a all time great side, like the WI or Aus and only got to No1 last year.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | June 22, 2011, 0:49 GMT

    In my opinion tremlett can give problems to some indian batsman. VVS laxman probably loves the bouncing ball more than others. Anders does swing and probaly give early wickets.

    Sachin and dravid grind swan and broad to day light and make their century.

    Sehwag may not click again , if he clicks we will be talking big records...sehwag will make quickfre 30s and 40s.

    I do think it will be almost even game. I an bell is playing well. For india i will play yuvi ahead of raina . Yuvi bowling is an asset nowadays. He can trouble pieterson ego.

    What india lacks is real fast bowler , ishant sharma lacks technique , lacks brain and some time he slacks off. He needs to do film study of opposition.

    I think it will be a 1-1 draw.

  • POSTED BY LSmith on | June 22, 2011, 0:48 GMT

    Boycott should stop talking , SL team is just a little bit better than minnows. Even boycotts grandma could have bowled well....

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | June 22, 2011, 0:42 GMT

    I think mishra is gona win it for india. Even though i think he is ok bowler but he has got better wicket taking ball than harbhajan singh. india should play khan , praveen kumar. last two spot is sharma bhaji or sharma & mishra.

    you also have to check zaheer khan fitness before u make that decision.

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2011, 0:41 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs, love ur comment, those 3 sides are clearly close to each other and to say India is going to win might come back and bite the Indian fans. i dont think India would hold the number 1 ranking in test for long... soon very soon they would drop,just mark my words........tremlett would be a handfull.... goodluck the both teams

  • POSTED BY Optic on | June 22, 2011, 0:30 GMT

    @Afridynamite That's got to be one of the posts of the day,'England's bowling line up is not even close to Pakistan's or Australia's', ha ha ha ha ha, your a funny guy, I bet your a professional comedian. Who in either of those line ups are better than Anderson, Tremlett and Swann, the No 2, 3 and 10 bowler in the world.

  • POSTED BY kitten on | June 22, 2011, 0:28 GMT

    It looks like Boycott and a few others are playing the 'Australian Game', using mind games before the actual battle begins. Fortunately, India always remains silent and Dhoni in particular doesn't boast in advance about what they are going to do to the opposition etc etc. He lets his side do the talking on the field. Let us all wait and see what happens. I, personally feel that England are a very good side at the moment and also they will be playing in their 'backward', so will obviously be very difficult to beat. However, let us not forget, that this Indian side has brilliant players in it, and the batting is still the best in the world. Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, all performed well all over the world, and so will be a match for England's bowlers. However, on the bowling front, I feel England have the edge over India. Zaheer is top class, and Bhajji can hold his own, but the others we will have to wait and see. Looking forward to a fantastic test series. May the Best Team win

  • POSTED BY just_chill_chill on | June 22, 2011, 0:27 GMT

    @Waqar Afzaal " indian batting works only in india or under sick bowlers.": Are you confusing Pakistani batting with Indian batting?

  • POSTED BY lawmani on | June 22, 2011, 0:22 GMT

    1. "Stuart swings from the arm, and a lot of the time it doesn't swing at all, although he's got some pace," sounds like, this sambar(soup) tastes good, but needs some more salt, spice and cooking time.

    2. "I think he needs to be a first-change seamer. If he can bowl line and length in the corridor of uncertainty on a fullish length, use the bouncer sparingly, wisely, and accurately..." lol.. if any bowler can do this he will be successful, no?

  • POSTED BY aa61761 on | June 22, 2011, 0:07 GMT

    Broad is a useless bowler. England should play with Finn. If England plays with Anderson, Finn and Tremlett they can win the series by 2-0. India is dreaming about winning the series. Go England.

  • POSTED BY hargreaves92 on | June 21, 2011, 23:57 GMT

    Yes Boycs, we are ready. However I'm afraid the same cannot be said for the Indians. None of the batsmen (except Sachin and Rahul unless they have retired or got dementia by the first test) will play well due to the moving ball against the best all round bowling attack in world cricket, and I don't need to say anything about the bowling, other than that it's laughably poor: PK swings it straight from the hand much like Ben Hilfenhaus (how did he do in the winter against Cook and Trott?), Zaheer is still good, but a 32 year old can't take 20 wickets on his own, Bhajji is over the hill and has not been a Test class spinner for some time now, Sreesanth Nehra Ishant Munaf etc are all very poor bowlers who will not get 10 wickets between them in the coming series.

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2011, 23:36 GMT

    When was last time minnows England won test series against India ? A bunch of mercenaries.

  • POSTED BY xylo on | June 21, 2011, 23:30 GMT

    Whether or not India and England are ready for one another, I am hoping that the weather gods are okay. India is finally playing someone other than Sri Lanka, and I suspect PK will get a look-in especially considering the fact that there will be quite a bit of swing on offer. With the likes of Cook and Dravid batting, the audience will definitely be drooling ;-)

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | June 21, 2011, 23:28 GMT

    It is unfortunate that India play just one practice match before the test series starts. It is huge disadvantage playing in cold weather to which the Indians are not used to. But on top of this the pitches are green with ball seaming & swerving. Can any team in the world get used to these conditions in just 4 days?It is different playing on perfect batting wickets as in India. While ICC rank India #1 team in tests, ICC should also have ensured India plays a full season series rather than share it with S.Lanka with just 3 tests played almost straight after arrival. I feel that this series should not be counted for ICC rankings. A strong batting of SL failed badly - not enough practice under English conditions.India has stronger batting than SL but play tests with little or no practice. This is an unfair advantage. India will fight it out but" this isn't Cricket".Give tourists a fair chance with at least 3 or 4 county games or ODI's before tests.No wonder England is ready!.

  • POSTED BY mak102480 on | June 21, 2011, 23:28 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs: But to become a No. 1 side in the world India have had to win away from home (like England, Sri, WI, etc). And to be clear, India drew at SL and SA recently......................................... @ Steve Spragg: who else other than Zaheer you ask? Check the 2007 series in England - Sreesanth did major damage. And keep discounting Ishant at your own peril. You should worry about Stuart Broad first - for a guy who gets to play majority of his tests in England, his avg of 36 is awfully high. Anderson's is also in the 30's. Nothing to brag about those averages especially in those conditions.

  • POSTED BY sirvivfan on | June 21, 2011, 23:21 GMT

    I watched India in south Africa in cape town and to me they did play as number 1 side! Perhaps number in in their backyard but not convinced away. Their bowlers will struggle unless the wet summer continues, in which case their batsmen will struggle. England have useful side, however if England had batted first on 1st day at Rosebowl they would also have struggled. On balance England should win given India weak bowling attack.

  • POSTED BY Afridynamite on | June 21, 2011, 23:06 GMT

    Why are they hyping Tremlett like they hyped Swann? England's bowling line up is not even close to Pakistan's or Australia's

  • POSTED BY mahabesh on | June 21, 2011, 23:06 GMT

    The teams are pretty much on par but, I give India the edge in batting and Eng the edge in bowling. India is going to white-wash the WI and will come to Eng with lost of confidence and better players like Sehwag, Sachin and Zaheer. I look forward to this facinating contest! Broad is the only English bowler who need to do better.

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2011, 23:04 GMT

    Just cant see India getting 20 wickets....Khan is still a good bowler but who else...Singh would not get a place in my club 2nd XI, sreesanth is off his rocker, sharma has to shown where the pitch is.

    2-0 England

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2011, 23:03 GMT

    It would be a good contest for sure. But England would need to improve if they want to win against India. It wont be an easy thing to bowl out twice the likes of tendulkar, dravid, laxman, sehwag, Gambheer and Dhoni. And that's what England would need to do at-least twice or thrice to win the series. Seems too much to do for English team for sure.

  • POSTED BY mak102480 on | June 21, 2011, 22:57 GMT

    Just like last time (india toured eng) a lot of people saying that India does not have good enough bowling to win (also just like the recent WC 2011)...India won in England by 1-0. In fact, Eng haven't beaten India in a series in 15 years. The last 5 series b/w India and Englad: India (in India), Drawn (in England), Drawn (in India), India (in England), and India (in India). So, it's not just a case of India winning at home either: the last two series in Eng was drawn and won by India.

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | June 21, 2011, 22:49 GMT

    Reading these comments, I see that many Indian fans are overestimating their country's stand in Tests. Just a fyi, India have NOT won a series outside India (other than bangladesh) since they got the No 1 ranking. On top of that, the last time India toured England, England was a severely weakened side. Also, something worth point noting is that the top 3 test Teams (India, South Africa, and England) are very close to each other. Giving England's recent form at home (in both batting and bowling) and given its a home series, I am sure many Indian fans are going to be disappointed at the final outcome.

  • POSTED BY bharath74 on | June 21, 2011, 22:48 GMT

    Boycott the best commentator

  • POSTED BY CricFan78 on | June 21, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    This is going to be a good series, probably on likes of India-SA. Eng will probably win first Test at Lords and India will win at Edgbaston. Oval will be draw and TB will get washed off due to rain

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2011, 22:39 GMT

    God typical from an Englishmen. Last time around they talked about Steve Harmison in same way as Chris Tremlett, empty talk at this stage. It will be a challenging at start when the ball is new, because after ball losses shine Anderson losses his with it. Broad out of touch. Swann, what can I say Indians are master of playing spin. Tremlett will be a challenge but Indian batsmen are experienced they know how to deal with him. Its not gone be walk in the park series. England shouldn't get carried away knowing the likes of Shewag, Gambhir, Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Kholi, Dhoni, Raina are in the Indian side. Bowling they have to deal with King Khan, Bhaji, Kumar and co. Kumar will be deadly on English pitches with lots of swing on offer. Unlike Anderson, Kumar controls it so well. It will be a great series. Win to INDIA

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | June 21, 2011, 22:35 GMT

    "Empty Team is making lot of annoying noise."

    Silly comment. Boycott is in no way part of the England management team. He isn't a current player either. He is a commentator and most probably an England fan. He isn't saying that England will crush India. He simply thinks that England is ready for the challenge of facing India.

    Most, if not all sensible, England fans acknowledge that India is the best team in the world at the moment. Their batting line-up is probably among the most feared ever but their bowling isn't that great. Zaheer is a good bowler but he needs support.

    England have a young team. They boast of no greats but they are undefeated for a long time and many players are in form. Their bowling will be severely tested against a strong Indian line-up. As for the batsmen, Bell has poor stats against India and would want to improve it, especially with the form he is in. Unless Strauss rectifies his weakness against left-armers, it will be India's series to lose.

  • POSTED BY GladiatorXI on | June 21, 2011, 22:31 GMT

    And i forgot Last time around we were without our two regular openers VIRU and Gauti Factor these u,ll get the answers

  • POSTED BY GladiatorXI on | June 21, 2011, 22:25 GMT

    Beat India in your dreams!!! Laxman, Dravid and Sachin love English conditions And VIRU- If u ecall, he became opener only in England back in 2002 seies He made 80 odd runs as opener Gauti with his patience will be a jewel

    Praveen/Sreeshant in English swinging conditions would be hadful Zaheer would get ur lefthanders and Ishant- He can use the extra bounce better than many in the world

    Dont say anything about Geoffery o Swan or Strauss People tend to make noise when they are nrvous:-) Though it will be a tough series

  • POSTED BY Hasso29 on | June 21, 2011, 22:15 GMT

    england gonna win inshallah!

  • POSTED BY RAJATH_1294 on | June 21, 2011, 22:12 GMT

    I really do not understand why some people under-estimate India simply because they would be playing away from home. If they could win a test against South Africa in South Africa (who have the best bowling pair in Steyn and Morkel and some of the best batsmen in the world) and manage to draw the series 1-1, why can't they win against England in England?

  • POSTED BY romil_bm on | June 21, 2011, 22:10 GMT

    I wonder if Virender Sehwag will be calculating the 45 deg angle his bat makes with the ground when he faces Tremlett at the start. The only angle he is interested in is to put the ball over the infield and away to the boundary

  • POSTED BY Kunagpal on | June 21, 2011, 21:51 GMT

    a real spectacle awaits this game of cricket when the world champions tour a country, filled with pride after beating a sub standard aussie side, and a below pa lankan side. England....... beware............be afraid..............India is coming to get you.................muwhaahaaahaaaa...........

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2011, 21:42 GMT

    May God bless you English team lol - Boycott, roftl.........4 bowlers Tremlet, Anderson, Swann & Broad 1 Broad out of form.....he is no more a threat in any condition or pitch. he was not able to pick 1 wkt againt SL in last match 2. Swann will find it hard against indian top order if they survive initial 15 overs. 3. Tremlett will cause problems with his height, but how far he is going to give the trouble in this series. 4. Anderson can pick wickets only in first 15 overs, aftermath he bowls some dead rubbers as we already saw in the SL matches. 5. England need to remember the india's tour of S.A, it back fired S.A, & Kallis almost saved the series loss for S.A where it would have gone against SA. lol

    Zaheer would laugh at this cover story,......roflt, Dhoni would simply animate it make fun inside the team

  • POSTED BY KarachiKid on | June 21, 2011, 21:33 GMT

    I believe it will be a close series. Both teams have great batsmen in their lineup. If India has better batting lineup then England have better bowling lineup. Dont forget English team demolished Aussies last ashes. And its their own backyard.

  • POSTED BY Tigg on | June 21, 2011, 21:16 GMT

    As interesting as the Indian batting line up vs England bowling line up challenge is going to be, I think the decisive battle will be Englands batsmen vs Indias bowlers.

    Cook and Trott are run machines, Bell is perhaps the form batsman in the world at the moment and KP is well, KP. Prior, Morgan and Strauss are no slouches either. India has a weak bowling attack (Zaheer aside). As good as Khan is he cannot take 20 wickets by himself. Sharma has been poor for a long time, Sreesanth is quick, aggressive but not particularly good. Bhaji was great, but his recent form is nothing to write home about. The other indian seamers and spinners are nothing to write home about either.

    Oh and, when Tremmers last played India he averaged sub-30 with 13 wickets in three games including Laxman three times, Dhoni, Sachin and Dravid once each. Not too shabby.

  • POSTED BY KrazyCricketKid on | June 21, 2011, 21:15 GMT

    India should take 5 seamers to the england test tour. They should be Zaheer Khan, Sreesanth, Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar, & Munaf Patel. Who should India's #6 be? I would go with Yuvraj Singh because the most experience in test cricket out of the youngsters, can play the short bell well, AND has a very good record against England! GOOD LUCK INDIA! CHAK DE!!!

  • POSTED BY Trickstar on | June 21, 2011, 21:01 GMT

    @yavaid It' seems obvious from your response, you didn't watch much of the 3 tests, in Cardiff the pitch or conditions were hardly bowler friendly, if anything that day that SL collapsed, they were the best days for batting in the test, the England bowlers blew them away and Anderson wasn't even on the field and it was down to excellent bowling, so next time you leave comments, you say are facts, you might want to get them correct. It seems that England have to win tests, in under 3 days to get any credit ,this test series. The 1st and 3rd tests, had 2 full days missing to weather and the 2nd had over a full day. Yet some Indian fans cling to the hope that because England only won 1-0, it has some meaning to them. What are you also wittering on about height for, then you go on to talk about batsmen and even list a load of batsmen. What you say makes zero sense at all. GB is correct, tall fast bowlers cause all kinds of problems that other bowlers don't, how can you argue it.

  • POSTED BY binojpeter on | June 21, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    I think England should play Finn instead of Broad. I agree that Broad is an alrounder. But Finn sets up more opportunities than Broad.

  • POSTED BY adis26 on | June 21, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    I think England has done reasonably well against SL. The results like they said would have been much better if they could play all 5 days. England is no doubt a very good team and if guys like Trott, Cook, Morgan, Struass, KP come good along with their attack of Swann, Anderson and Broad - can certainly be a deadly combo, especially at home. BUT. They are also up against the likes of Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Sehway, Gambhir and an attack of Zaheer, Sharma and Bhajji - not the best attack but has been consistently effective in tests nevertheless. A feast of a competition awaits us.

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2011, 20:49 GMT

    Could we also leave the chest thumping at home? All this talk of "crushing" and "empty boasts" smack of juvenile tendencies. This test cricket, the adult version of the sport, time to grow up and come to the party. England have a good team and the series should be interesting. Lol @ predictions of 3-1 by English fans, you really must think very lowly of Dravid, Laxman and Tendulkar to rate your own chances so highly, all the better for us :).

    The first test is going to be the key, India always seem to start badly and then pick up as the series goes on, this will not do this time around.

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    I am not sure if height is such a great advantage as it's made out to be . Sure it's good to be tall, but try telling that to Malcolm Marshall or Waqar Younis. I also find it amusing that Tremlett is being talked up in the league of Ambrose, Joel Garner and Glenn McGrath. Why not Patterson, remember him, or Kuruvilla? Tremlett looks alright, but it's early days yet, let's not be over the moon with the chappie shall we? He was made to look extraordinary by a mediocre Lankan team (Mahela out of form , Sanga out of form, no Jayasurya) which incidentally also made many English batsmen look great- No Murali or Malinga.

    India go in as favorites into the series given that they won a series there the last time, they are the best team in the world and there is no Micheal Vaughan this time around. The only thing that is a bit dodgy right now is new ball support for Zaheer. India will desperately want either one of the Shants to stand up and be counted in this regard.

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    Empty Team is making lot of annoying noise.

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | June 21, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs dravid and laxman fell to spinner not to seam/swing bowling. That said England had the same bowling attack when we toured last time(Tremletts debut?) Only andersen was impressive that time. As for swann our lower order batsman raina, bajji will thrash him all over the park

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    Geoff has spoken far too early.England looked flat at Lords and Rose bowl.If India gets these wickets to play on,England will be sent on a leather hunt.To me a decent start from Viru and Gautam will make it easy for Sachin and co to get going.Leeds is one place were England start with a good chance to win.The rest of the wickets will serve India"s batting very well.It will be 2 to 1 to India.

  • POSTED BY pinhead9810 on | June 21, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    How many of you posters actually watched the match?? England played really well and the English bowlers made Sri Lanka struggle for runs. Sangakkara saved the last test match. Most of Sri-Lanka batsmen struggle to score for runs, it is a shame Dilshan was injured to help Sri Lanka. However, saying that, England did not take the opportunities to finish the game, which is a shame.

    Can't wait for England against India. Winner will be the best team that puts on many runs on the board and take 20 wickets, and takes the opportunities that arises. England have a difficult challenge ahead, India's not weak as Sri Lanka or the Australian team in the Ashes series.

  • POSTED BY voma on | June 21, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    Of course India will compete in this comming series , but in all honestly England have more than enought firepower in the bowling department to win this 3-1 . If Jimmy Anderson and Tremlett can remain fit , it will be easy mark my words . Can actually see Swann being a spectator to tell you the truth .

  • POSTED BY vjkrthk on | June 21, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    They once said Dominic cork is goin to destroy indian batsman.. now its the turn of tremlet. from gough to cadic to hoggard to freddie to anderson to tremlet.. Lets see.. excited abt the contest ahead... best of luck for both teams..

  • POSTED BY World-Champs-TEAM-INDIA on | June 21, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    England have no local exceptional talent. The exceptional one's (kp, trott, morgan) are all taken from other countries using kolpak. Without them they are mediocre team full of mediocre players as they always where.

  • POSTED BY lijihas on | June 21, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    who cares England... with ordianary lankan team they have just made 1-0 only... but dear english fansssss..beware of india...world NO 1 TEAM is coming to give nice treat for ur english peoples.......

  • POSTED BY AK_25 on | June 21, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    dont worry man...all ll be well....india always a slow starter to every series....N on a seaming n bouncy pitch indian bowlers are equally lethal as other country bowlers....remember they defeat the hosts on their fastest pitch.....i.e. in perth n durban....so..the series ll be competetive..n ll be most enjoyble.....

  • POSTED BY couchpundit on | June 21, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    Geoffery... i thought you usually speak facts...Fact is SL lost 1st Test because of very very bowler friendly condition on the last day. Its not that England blew SL away...at no point were English dominating SL batters.

    And What is it with Guys form your Part of the world about this Height Fascination....this is not a World Wrestling contest...Cricket..game of Skill all you need is to be tall and strong enough to hold a bat and concentration levels to watch the ball for a batsmen. Doesnt matter if the bowler is of NBA all star physique or korean ping pong team physique. Case in point Tendulkar,Gavaskar,Ranatunga,Boon,Border.

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | June 21, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Without a doubt this English bowling is probably the best they have had in many years. But I still feel that they need English like conditions to succeed. That is where Tremlett makes the difference. Because of his hieght, he will definitely pose problems to batsmen any where. Like Magrath used to. I feel it will be difficult for India to beat England unless we have an unusually hot summer.

  • POSTED BY Jeysan on | June 21, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    yawwwwn here we go again.Its getting all too boring now with typical British columns.How many times have we seen such columns about Greg Rusedski and Tim Henmann before the start of every Wimbledon;How many such articles about David Becham and Wayne Rooney before every major football event;how many such articles about Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button before every F1 GP and last but not the least how many such articles before the start of every major ICC event.Yet,the final results are there for all to see :-) @Mitsui ..and you conveniently forgot or chose to ignore that a certain Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar or a Virendar Sehwag or a Gautam Gambhir or a Zaheer Khan are not part of the touring party.The ODI didnt feature MS too.Lets see what Tremlett can achieve against Sehwag,Gambhir,Dravid,Sachin,Laxman.We will know our answers in 2-3 months.The last time someone was hyped to blow out the heads of this batting lineup,the said guy ended up in counselling session after his test career ended

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    ENGLAND are ready? Last time I checked there were 4 South Africans on the team and an Irishman. Empire's XI (not England) are looking very solid.

  • POSTED BY bulc07 on | June 21, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    Come on guys! The team in WI is a mediocre team with the exception of 2 or 3 batsman.. Once Sachin, Gambhir, Sehwag, Yuvraj, Zaheer, Sreesanth comes back, it is going to be real difficult to beat India at any place around the world, they do have the reserve players as Raina, Badrinath, Vijay, Mithun, Ashwin... So please stop playing word/mind games and better look for the test series.

    Its the same case for One-day series too, I am sure England need to work really really hard to win the ODI series.

    Question: Is Swann the only spinner in the world?!?! Grow up guys, India do have good spin bowlers and adding to that Indians are too good in handling spin bowling than the English - everyone will agree this.

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    I hope there are some nice juicy pitches this summer, as some of the Indian batsmen don't like it up 'em, and will find Tremlett a big handful. Even four years ago, he took 13 wickets at under 30 against them, and he is twice the bowler now. We will see the best of Anderson, who was just returning from injury in the last test. He, too, was a rookie last time India were over here. Then India were lucky to be facing a rebuilding side after most of the 2003-5 side had been injured. This is now the best team that England has had for about 50 years, with only the lack of an all-rounder holding them back from being acclaimed the very best.

  • POSTED BY Rushikey on | June 21, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    I am not sure on what basis Boycott is giving Eng bowling attack top spot! The current Eng - Srilanka series would have different result (Drawn) without the final day collapse of Srilanka due to the rash batting display of Srilankan batsman! Eng bowlers failed to take 20 wickets in last two tests on their home soil and you are saying its a world's best attack? well best of luck then

  • POSTED BY Rushikey on | June 21, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    @Mitsui, The current Indian team in West Indies is their 2nd strength squad without Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Zaheer.. Still they won the WI one day series and playing well in a first test on a bouncy pitch. Even Harbhajan will hit this Tremlett with confident! Geff as usual totally one sided views won't harm Indians form!

  • POSTED BY vj3478 on | June 21, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    England is ready for India.. but is India ready?? I don't think so after looking at the indian batting on day 1 in WI Test.

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    England is gonna win the test series..No doubt in that

  • POSTED BY jackiethepen on | June 21, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    It's going to be a great contest. Both teams have strong batting line ups in good form. But the weather/pitches could play a part in testing batsmen. Strauss is not in good form but he has an outstanding record against India so his experience should help his team. Bell performed poorly against India in 2008 but was dropped and went away and improved his game. He's now at the top of his form. He admires Tendulkar - who doesn't - and he could be inspired by the little master. Bell's stroke play is a delight so this series should be immensely watchable with 3 of the Fab 4 still in the side. This is going to be cricket for connoisseurs. Zaheer Khan and Jimmy Anderson will pose serious problems if they are firing.

  • POSTED BY DrSunilSharma on | June 21, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    England are ready for India is a great prospect for World Cricket lovers and true belivers ( Barmy Army & Indian Fan Army ) will be delighted to see the context. Here is tussle between bat and ball.

    On One side, If Tremlett is Titan then Tendulkar has a magic wand to nullify by upper cut, all short pitched and bouncers. Anderson is fast and accurate will be tested by Sehwag on all around the field. Boards fast bounced balls will be tested by VVS Laxman's feature touches.

    On the other side, Zaheer will try to york majestic Trott to prove their dominance. Bhaji will mesmerise the Strass & Cook and ball will thud into the stumps. Ishant will bruise some of the clean Pomy faces. Dhoni to prove his class and need to fight for his life against the Tremlett and one has to breakdown. Tactical and endurance will determine the winner for this defining India & England Cricket Series 2011. Good Luck to outstanding captains Strauss and Dhoni. Let the context begun.Cheers !

  • POSTED BY mr82 on | June 21, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    common man... IND batting is very heavy. Top order is really a top class. Don't think them like SL. SL too fought really well finally. But IND...really hard to beat. We will see...

  • POSTED BY skepticaloptimist on | June 21, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    @DrSunilSharma - You might be interested to know that India beat, on their way to triumph, EVERY single past WC winner. If they are minnows, I don't know what are strong sides. Perhaps, are you regretting the fact that India didn't get to beat Kenya, Canada and, of course - the strongest - Zimbabwe?

  • POSTED BY Mitsui on | June 21, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    I find it amusing that Indian fans are gloating about blowing away England IN England when they are struggling to beat a Gayle, Bravo less WI team at the moment. How in the world are they gonna play Swann when they can't even play Bishoo properly. Nothing wrong with dreaming though.

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | June 21, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    Geoffrey is incorrect here,England just scraped through because of a unbeleivable collapse in Cardiff by a team just landed from IPL.See from there,Dilshan was MOM in Lord's with magnificient 193 and Sanga should have been too at Rose bowl with an excellent 119.With all the hype of with Eng bowling unit ,no bowler was hitting the stumps regularly.With the sun behind the back and a few weeks training in Test cricket,at home or playing in WI,which luxury SL did not have,I see Indian batsmen making merry. Ranil Herath -Kent

  • POSTED BY skepticaloptimist on | June 21, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs - I partially agree with you. See, it's not that Indian batsmen fall to short deliveries, but short deliveries are used to set them up for the regulation outswinging delivery. However, nowadays, there are very good bowling machines available (such as Leverage Ultimate) to simulate the match situation. With RD, SRT, VVS and Gambhir, I don't think that short balls would be "lethal", because these players have ample amount of patience to leave the short balls. However, for Sehwag, Dhoni and the number six (Kohli, Raina or Pujara), the chances are much higher that they'll fall to the short ball trap. Sehwag has a hard time holding back on his shots; Dhoni doesn't seem to possess the technique; young players seem to wait endlessly for the short ball. Though, I have to agree that England have the most well-rounded attack in tests, at the moment. However, I still feel that Indian's batting might can more than just negate England's bowling.

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    both batting sides are too strong. but indian batting works only in india or under sick bowlers.

  • POSTED BY piyush999 on | June 21, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    its gonna be a piece of cake for the indian team...they will thrash the living daylights out of broad and swann...mark my words...only threats r anderson and tremlett..as it is broad is club class....@ 2 all those questioning india's bowling..4 ur info we have 2 bowlers zaheer and bhajj in the top 10 icc rankings plus we wud have sreesanth who is unplayable in swinging conditions plus ishant who hits the deck hard and zaheer who reverse swings it both ways...we won in in england last time as well ...jamaica perth adeliade jo berg trent bridge durban hamilton how many more instances do u want me to remind u....

  • POSTED BY Marian-Rocha on | June 21, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    I dont think ENG can beat India. The team in West Indies is just for FUN and still won ODI series. Full strength India team in ENG will cause HAVOC ! I think It will be 1-0. No way India will Play for a draw.

  • POSTED BY santhoshkr on | June 21, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    @DrSunilSharma: India won the WC against minnows? Come on you must be kidding :-) Aus Pak and SL were beaten consecutively to get the crown.

  • POSTED BY ramsharat on | June 21, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    Indians have the bowling to trouble the english batsman and with gauti, viru,sachin,yuvi back batting looks solid. Mind games dont work against India any more!!!!:-)

  • POSTED BY DrSunilSharma on | June 21, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    England are ready for India is a great prospect for World Cricket. England are in teh prime position to steam roll India and hit their soft underbelly. Indian test team is fatigued due to heavy unhuman schedule as longer World Cup 2011 (50 overs ) with minnows which they won; followed by longer IPL with 10 IPL teams 9 (20 Overs match) with 72 games which M S Dhoni also won. But they have to pay the cost due to extreme fatigue of all the Test team.

    All five top test stars were captain in IPL 20/20 like Sachin Tendulkar Mumbai Indians, Virendra Sehvag Captain Delhi Dare Devil, M S Dhoni Captain of IPL 2011 team, Yuvraj Captain Pune and Captain Gautam Gambhir Kolkatta Night Ryders. Now excessive Cricket has taken its toll as injuries are widespead, all the 5 captians are injured and only third grade Indian team will be landing in England.

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    zaheer has first hand experience in bowling under english conditions and will be a real threat for poms

  • POSTED BY ste13 on | June 21, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    With strengths of India batting line-up (pls do not confuse India with the experimental team that was easily dismissed yesterday in Jamaica), it will be difficult for England's bowling to take all 20 wickets. At present Anderson and Broad do not offer much challenge. On the other side, Zaheer Khan, if fully fit will make an impact - he is most universal bowler - look at his last tour in SA.

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | June 21, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    Just something i'd like to point out. In the subcontinent, balls tend to stay low and bowlers usually must put more effort into a bouncer and thus the batsman knows the ball will rise. "Growing up" in these kinds of pitches, subcontinent batsman are used to playing at most deliveries that are straight, regardless of length unless the ball is going over shoulder height. Thus bounce is a very lethal weapon against subcontinent batsman. Key to winning against India is not pace/swing, but the variable bounce as Tremlett has shown in the SL series. England now have the most complete test bowling attack and one of the most complete teams. Their batsman are all in good form and they now have swing (anderson), bounce (tremlett), spin (Swann), and a bowler who comes steaming in with aggression (Broad). Watch for Tremlett's success in the India series.

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | June 21, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    I think England has the chance to win, but most likely it will be drawn. India is better than Sri Lanka in Tests and even Sri Lanka would of drawn the series if not for the last day on Cardiff where they imploded. India will definetely not win though, especially if Dravid and Laxman are playing like they are in WI against the swing/seam.

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    India VS England , every game will be a draw , unless something major happens like in cardiff SL flopped(SL batting much weaker then India) both batting sides are too strong. Also with rain around makes a draw even more likely. Slight favourite i would say england due to their superior bowling, but still india will be hard to bowl out for under 350-400

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    England v India is for sure an exciting prospect as there are two teams that are near the tops of thier games. but i can see England winning with all our batsmans in top nick bar strauss and are bowlers are all firing well except for broad but i would back him to come good. we have seen that big fast bowlers casue india issues ala Morne Morkel from SA and also India are not the best of touring sides. people can say all they like about sehwag going though us but a lot of people compare him to Dilshan and look what happened to him roughed up and broken thumb i expect Tremlett to get on top of him and with Sehwag , Gambhir and Sachin returning without to much cricket this will benefit England as no cricket and the possibilty of a swinging duke ball in Jimmy Andersons hands watch out India i think it depends on the Middle order of india as many of them will be out of cricket but if they get a good start i can see the series being very tight but i would say as it is at home 2-1 England

  • POSTED BY deepakjm on | June 21, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    Lol..its just getting interesting with every day. First Swann then Tremlett and Pietersen and now Boycott all trying to play mind games. Well I am big fan of team India and I know England is the team in form right now but look at the last 4-5 years and see what India have done abroad. They beat SA n Durban againts Steyn and Morkel, at Perth and Hamilton. So I think a mouth watering series is coming up.

  • POSTED BY adamgilly on | June 21, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    india will win 2-0 or 1-0 if rain plays spoilsport.. poms dont have a chance.. srt and sehwag will destroy eng, india will only have to stop cook and trott..

  • POSTED BY NoMeRcY-RaGE on | June 21, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    @franks-england will destroy INDIA???...isnt this what u guys say every time...but to no avail...if India would play a full strength squad(including sehwag, gambhir) then there is no way thatu can beat us...India wont lose the series no matter what!

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    @Clayton "India dont have the bowlers to pose any threat".. Are u kidding me.. How can U forget what zaheer did to u last time we visited?? Plus this time we also have amit mishra.....

  • POSTED BY skepticaloptimist on | June 21, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    @Clayton Franks - Ever heard of Dean Jones. He said that very thing for India's chances in the World Cup as well. He said and I quote, "Dhoni must be dreaming about winning the World Cup with these bowlers." We all know what happened. You have two options: maintain the illusion that England will destroy India or - my personal choice - appreciate the fact that there's a potentially good series coming up.

  • POSTED BY Notredam on | June 21, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    i predict the series..to be won 2:1 by India...or max...1:1 draw for 2 good teams..

  • POSTED BY Rahulbose on | June 21, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    India have a stiff challenge playing this side at home. Preparation wise also most Indian players will be returning after a break facing an inform Eng team. Unless it rains out, you can just book the first test as an Eng win.

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    INDIAN TEST TEAM== MS Dhoni, Gambhir , Sehwag , Kohli , Sachin Tendulkar,Rahul Dravid , VVS Laxman, Parthiv Patel , Ishant Sharma,Praveen Kumar,Zaheer Khan,S Sreesanth,Amit Mishra,Harbhajan Singh,Murali Vijay/Suresh Raina,Yuvraj Singh,Abhimanyu Mithun/Pragyan Ojha . i think this team will be likely for England TEst series

  • POSTED BY kiran_hvr on | June 21, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    Watch out for Mithun. He will blow away the so called stable English middle order. My bet 2-0 India

  • POSTED BY GaneshJayakumar on | June 21, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    Hi Hi.. England bowling may be formidable but experience of 45k runs between sachin,dravid,shewag and laxman are much more formidable. will be a very good series for the followers if the rain permits. Hope its entertaining afterall its between the world no:1 india world no:2 england with all the cylinders blazing...

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    England will come up with the short-softie of course... and thats what the world is banking on... !! But I pity such people who underestimate the Indian batting... for that matter Indian bowling as well... !! In Laxman and Dravid we have 2 of the most formidable middle order batsmen to have ever played test cricket and if Sehwag has his way Anderson and Tremlett will be hunting leather all day long... forget intimidating him... !! Gambhir is a proven talent when it comes to swinging ball as he amply demonstrated in New Zealand and South Africa... I am not even mentioning Tendulkar here... !! So if they are thinking bouncing and swinging the Indians out... think again... !! and I dred the inclusion of PK in the squad as the 4th seamer... if that happens... god save the queen and the english... cause no matter how good you are... he will get you if Zaheer, Ishant and Sree wont... !!

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    This should be a cakewalk for team India. Sehwag himself is enough to destroy England we don't need God to do that.Clean sweep is on the cards for sure.

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    @clayton franks Even with home advantage, good fast bowlers and weakened srilankan side they could only win 1 match that to because of an hour of madness. that does not look like a england side that is going to destroy india

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    @Clayton Franks... You lack knowledge of Indian Cricket... Don't get carried out with the england team performance against a weak Srilankan bowling attack... It won't be easy for them against India... lets see who is getting destroyed!

  • POSTED BY Sreerang on | June 21, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    Provided India are injury-free and full strength, this should be a great series. England at home seem to have an upper hand, but, somehow, in the last couple of years, India have managed to fight it out and be on equal terms if not dominating, wherever they have played, the SA series before the world cup being a prime example. All in all a mouth watering prospect.

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    England Will destroy India. No doubt in my mind. India dont have the bowlers to pose any threat.

  • POSTED BY skepticaloptimist on | June 21, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    Well, of course, (yes, that's MSD-esque) England are ready; India would be ready by the end of the third test. It's going to be an amazing test series, if you ask me. For me, the contest to watch - and the one that can potentially determine the outcome of the series - would be Tremlett vs Tendulkar and Gambhir. Of course, Tremlett loves bowling short and would continue to do so because it has got him a lot of success in setting up the batsmen for that out-swinging length-ball. Expect Tendulkar to frequently use the upper-cut, as he did in Perth '08 to upset Tremlett's plans. Should be intriguing! For Veeru, England would probably keep a deep square-leg in position and bowl short stuff at him. How India goes about its own pace-attack would be interesting. Zak, Sree and PK? PK swings the ball so much and can be destructive with the Duke. Also, the number six spot ... Raina or Kohli ... Maybe, even Badri if he does well in WI. Lot depends on the current tests versus the West Indies.

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    I think coach too has to learn a lot from past and even from other coaches like Gary kirsten.

  • POSTED BY anoopshameed on | June 21, 2011, 4:32 GMT

    England is anything but ready! Despite all the positives England managed to win only one of the three home tests and that too was the test which Srilanka threw away. Not very good for a team aspiring to be number one!

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  • POSTED BY anoopshameed on | June 21, 2011, 4:32 GMT

    England is anything but ready! Despite all the positives England managed to win only one of the three home tests and that too was the test which Srilanka threw away. Not very good for a team aspiring to be number one!

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    I think coach too has to learn a lot from past and even from other coaches like Gary kirsten.

  • POSTED BY skepticaloptimist on | June 21, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    Well, of course, (yes, that's MSD-esque) England are ready; India would be ready by the end of the third test. It's going to be an amazing test series, if you ask me. For me, the contest to watch - and the one that can potentially determine the outcome of the series - would be Tremlett vs Tendulkar and Gambhir. Of course, Tremlett loves bowling short and would continue to do so because it has got him a lot of success in setting up the batsmen for that out-swinging length-ball. Expect Tendulkar to frequently use the upper-cut, as he did in Perth '08 to upset Tremlett's plans. Should be intriguing! For Veeru, England would probably keep a deep square-leg in position and bowl short stuff at him. How India goes about its own pace-attack would be interesting. Zak, Sree and PK? PK swings the ball so much and can be destructive with the Duke. Also, the number six spot ... Raina or Kohli ... Maybe, even Badri if he does well in WI. Lot depends on the current tests versus the West Indies.

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    England Will destroy India. No doubt in my mind. India dont have the bowlers to pose any threat.

  • POSTED BY Sreerang on | June 21, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    Provided India are injury-free and full strength, this should be a great series. England at home seem to have an upper hand, but, somehow, in the last couple of years, India have managed to fight it out and be on equal terms if not dominating, wherever they have played, the SA series before the world cup being a prime example. All in all a mouth watering prospect.

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    @Clayton Franks... You lack knowledge of Indian Cricket... Don't get carried out with the england team performance against a weak Srilankan bowling attack... It won't be easy for them against India... lets see who is getting destroyed!

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    @clayton franks Even with home advantage, good fast bowlers and weakened srilankan side they could only win 1 match that to because of an hour of madness. that does not look like a england side that is going to destroy india

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    This should be a cakewalk for team India. Sehwag himself is enough to destroy England we don't need God to do that.Clean sweep is on the cards for sure.

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    England will come up with the short-softie of course... and thats what the world is banking on... !! But I pity such people who underestimate the Indian batting... for that matter Indian bowling as well... !! In Laxman and Dravid we have 2 of the most formidable middle order batsmen to have ever played test cricket and if Sehwag has his way Anderson and Tremlett will be hunting leather all day long... forget intimidating him... !! Gambhir is a proven talent when it comes to swinging ball as he amply demonstrated in New Zealand and South Africa... I am not even mentioning Tendulkar here... !! So if they are thinking bouncing and swinging the Indians out... think again... !! and I dred the inclusion of PK in the squad as the 4th seamer... if that happens... god save the queen and the english... cause no matter how good you are... he will get you if Zaheer, Ishant and Sree wont... !!

  • POSTED BY GaneshJayakumar on | June 21, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    Hi Hi.. England bowling may be formidable but experience of 45k runs between sachin,dravid,shewag and laxman are much more formidable. will be a very good series for the followers if the rain permits. Hope its entertaining afterall its between the world no:1 india world no:2 england with all the cylinders blazing...