India in England 2011 July 16, 2011

Laxman confident despite limited preparation time

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VVS Laxman is unconcerned about India's limited preparation time in England before the first Test and has backed the team to continue their much-improved overseas performance of the past 10 years. The visitors have struggled in their only warm-up match against Somerset with the bowling far from impressive and the batsmen struggling, but Laxman insists international players know how to adjust.

Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir and Zaheer Khan - all certain starters at Lord's - are playing their first first-class match in almost seven months. Zaheer ended wicketless in the first innings, Gambhir fell for 21 and Tendulkar went for 26. Laxman, meanwhile, is sitting out the match having played three back-to-back Tests against West Indies but his team-mates were given the runaround with Somerset piling up 425 for 3 on a flat pitch.

Rain also cut into the playing time which meant India were left with little more than one session and a day to take what they can from the game before heading to London.

On their previous two tours, however, in West Indies and South Africa, India didn't have a single practice match before the Test series. In South Africa they came a cropper in the opening Test, being hammered by an innings and 25 runs at Centurion, but in West Indies they won by 63 runs at Sabina Park and that was enough to take the series 1-0.

"Because of the hectic nature of international cricket even playing one warm-up is a luxury these days," Laxman said. "When we went to West Indies we didn't have a single match before the Tests. We are quite confident and we'll have good net sessions at Lord's.

"In international cricket with the kind of schedules everyone has you have to be ready for any sort of challenge. Saying that, we have an experienced batting line-up who have played in England before so I'm sure that will be helpful for us come Thursday."

The 1-0 series win in the Caribbean continued India's much-improved record away from home. They came back to draw 1-1 in South Africa and have also held their own in Australia. On the 2007 tour of England, they won 1-0 and five years previously shared the series, which Laxman believes played an important part in transforming their fortunes outside of India. There was more than a hint of confidence when he wouldn't single out this tour as harder than others.

"Not necessarily but it's certainly a very challenging tour," he said. "Any overseas tour is always a challenge and we are all very proud of how we have changed our record abroad. When I started we weren't very good but we've improved a lot. Our mindset has changed.

"We got confidence from the 2002 series in England and before that in West Indies where we won at Trinidad, then at Headingley. Those series, and against Australia in 2003, changed our mindset and we started believing in ourselves. It's given us a lot of pride the way we have performed overseas, both collectively and individually.

"Every country offers different challenges. If you look at the wickets in West Indies they were quite tough to bat and when you visit South Africa, New Zealand or Australia they can be tough. They are conditions that are quite alien to you which offer a challenge."

Laxman's record against England is one blot on his fantastic international record. He averages 34.35 against them without a hundred against his career figure of 47.36. He has, however, had more success against England playing away than on home soil which is something of a surprise. Laxman, though, doesn't get too hung up on those figures but is looking forward to a chance of boosting his record against an England attack he calls "formidable".

"I don't have a hundred against them but feel I've played some important knocks but not converted them," he said. "I've always enjoyed facing the England bowling; it's always formidable so I'm looking to maintaining my consistency of recent years and playing some important knocks.

"They have a very balanced attack with real match-winners," he said. "But I don't want to compare and say whether they are the best. It's going to be a highly challenging series, but we believe that if we play to our potential we can beat anyone."

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • ashrogue on July 19, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    5 days of non stop trash talk.... no one is the best.... there are only best performances.... Comparing averages, ranks, If and in cases,..... What a tantrum!

  • demon_bowler on July 18, 2011, 21:59 GMT

    Some visiting teams excel at Lord's (England only beat Australia once there in the whole of the 20th century!), but it's not been a happy hunting ground for India. They've played 15 matches there, won only once, and lost 10 times. This was the ground where Gooch scored 333 and 126 in 1990. Four years ago, they hung on by the skin of their teeth with nine wickets down before rain saved them. In 2002 they were smashed out of sight in one of England's most ruthless performances under Hussain. You have to go all the way back to 1986 when the worst ever England side in my 30 years of watching cricket lost to India at Lord's. I expect rain interruptions to help the visitors out again this time, so, as in 2007, India may escape with a draw.

  • Vilander on July 18, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    Last time India toured Eng they won 1-0. last time Eng toured india, India won 1-0 again. I am not sure what this talk about Eng trashing Ind is all about..seriously. Let wait and watch, it is going to be a close series.

  • bigdhonifan on July 18, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    To all english Fans saying Trott or cook is best!!!! Check average of Sachin tendulkar ... Last 3 years: 64.66... LAst 2 years: 79.95... Last one year:77.81...!!!Now Trott Last 3 years: 62.23.. Last 2 years: 62.23 Last 1 years: 74.40.... Cook. Last 3 years: 55.44 last 2 years: 59.71 Last 1 year: 77.82... SACHIN is the Best

  • akhi.aims on July 18, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    Hey Truemans_Ghost, I would predict a narrow win for India and the english board blaming India's affluency in cricket.

  • Harshtmm on July 18, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    Alright Laxman, we must face it. With such a poor coach you have no chance of winning. Back to the old ways or losing on foreign soil.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on July 18, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    Yes I agree that its not good to involve and comment in other games which their country is not involved. I agree Indians are some of them but doesn't mean that only Indians are there. If a person is trying to boast about his own country then that might be reaction from previous actions or may be out of his patriotism but few people from Pak and Bangladesh involve in all matches India is playing and criticize India. They anyway don't have chance to boast about their country. I saw many such people commenting on India just blindly without any sense.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on July 18, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    @Test_Cricket_Best_Cricket, when u compared T20 and test, that too in English weather, you yourself agreed that you just know about cricket but not the real difference between different formats. FYI...T20 style and format is completely contrasting to that of Test. So never compare in future.

  • BigINDFan on July 18, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    Laxman is right - Ind team has the talent and potential and have proven it time and again recently. The Somerset match was a joke - Sreesanth, Munaf and Mishra cannot bowl out any team let alone challenge a county team that is playing at home. It was good that Somerset bullied the Ind team so that law of averages say that Ind will start the first test better than they did against SA! Let us have a cracker of a series!

  • demon_bowler on July 18, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    Laxman doesn't have a brilliant record in England -- top score of 74.

  • ashrogue on July 19, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    5 days of non stop trash talk.... no one is the best.... there are only best performances.... Comparing averages, ranks, If and in cases,..... What a tantrum!

  • demon_bowler on July 18, 2011, 21:59 GMT

    Some visiting teams excel at Lord's (England only beat Australia once there in the whole of the 20th century!), but it's not been a happy hunting ground for India. They've played 15 matches there, won only once, and lost 10 times. This was the ground where Gooch scored 333 and 126 in 1990. Four years ago, they hung on by the skin of their teeth with nine wickets down before rain saved them. In 2002 they were smashed out of sight in one of England's most ruthless performances under Hussain. You have to go all the way back to 1986 when the worst ever England side in my 30 years of watching cricket lost to India at Lord's. I expect rain interruptions to help the visitors out again this time, so, as in 2007, India may escape with a draw.

  • Vilander on July 18, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    Last time India toured Eng they won 1-0. last time Eng toured india, India won 1-0 again. I am not sure what this talk about Eng trashing Ind is all about..seriously. Let wait and watch, it is going to be a close series.

  • bigdhonifan on July 18, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    To all english Fans saying Trott or cook is best!!!! Check average of Sachin tendulkar ... Last 3 years: 64.66... LAst 2 years: 79.95... Last one year:77.81...!!!Now Trott Last 3 years: 62.23.. Last 2 years: 62.23 Last 1 years: 74.40.... Cook. Last 3 years: 55.44 last 2 years: 59.71 Last 1 year: 77.82... SACHIN is the Best

  • akhi.aims on July 18, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    Hey Truemans_Ghost, I would predict a narrow win for India and the english board blaming India's affluency in cricket.

  • Harshtmm on July 18, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    Alright Laxman, we must face it. With such a poor coach you have no chance of winning. Back to the old ways or losing on foreign soil.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on July 18, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    Yes I agree that its not good to involve and comment in other games which their country is not involved. I agree Indians are some of them but doesn't mean that only Indians are there. If a person is trying to boast about his own country then that might be reaction from previous actions or may be out of his patriotism but few people from Pak and Bangladesh involve in all matches India is playing and criticize India. They anyway don't have chance to boast about their country. I saw many such people commenting on India just blindly without any sense.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on July 18, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    @Test_Cricket_Best_Cricket, when u compared T20 and test, that too in English weather, you yourself agreed that you just know about cricket but not the real difference between different formats. FYI...T20 style and format is completely contrasting to that of Test. So never compare in future.

  • BigINDFan on July 18, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    Laxman is right - Ind team has the talent and potential and have proven it time and again recently. The Somerset match was a joke - Sreesanth, Munaf and Mishra cannot bowl out any team let alone challenge a county team that is playing at home. It was good that Somerset bullied the Ind team so that law of averages say that Ind will start the first test better than they did against SA! Let us have a cracker of a series!

  • demon_bowler on July 18, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    Laxman doesn't have a brilliant record in England -- top score of 74.

  • on July 18, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    Goodluck VVS Laxman! Goodluck Indian cricket team!! Self confidence brings out the best in any sport!!!

    The First Test match at Lords to be played from 21st of July 2011, happens to be the 2000th Test match, !00th Test match between India and England. What a coincidence!

    If S.R.Tendulkar scores a century(He is yet to score a century at Lords), it will be his 100th century in Test and ODI Cricket in a career spanned over a period of 22 years.

    The Indian team is a blend of youth and experience. With Dhoni(Captain Cool!) leading from the front, the series will be well contested. India has to beat England convincingly to retain their position as number one in Test and ODI.

    My good wishes to Indian team!

  • 200ondebut on July 18, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    Will be at Lords for first test. Hope to see Tendulkar 100 and England win. England are playing well at the moment and I think India have made a mistake by only playing 1 warm up game. Weather could play a big part once again.

  • anver777 on July 18, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    Specially VVS likes to perform extremely well in this tour......we all know most probably this will be his final Eng tour before he retires... Good Luck !!!!!

  • on July 18, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    Is there a possibility that India promote Dravid to open in place of Mukund in order to accommodate Yuvi in their batting line up. It would be the wrong thing to do in the very opening Test but one never knows. This would specifically be a Fletcher-Dhoni thing, if at all. It will sure make no 3 slot a bit awry.

    Thanks Ary Srinivas. I'd much prefer Praveen.

  • on July 18, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    If India dosen't lose the first test, we shd win the series easily....shewag missing will certainly hurt ..if not haunt India.

  • Truemans_Ghost on July 18, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    I reckon it will be a very close series- and Laxman is the guy you want in your team in a close series. Even so, my predicion, for what it is worth is a narrow England win-and 1/2 of this board then blaming the weather and umpiring,

  • djkaria on July 18, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    Please please dont pick A Mishra for any test matches or 1 day, he is not world class bowler as you saw againt somerset when he went for over 8 runs per over and also not many wickets againts WI. Only 2 spinners are good enough for india and there are Bhaji and Ashwin who is the next world class bowler to take over Bhaji. Mishra and Ohja are only good enough for domestic cricket. Bowlers for me should be to face Eng are Zaheer, Praveen, ishant and Harbajan. Raina should be a consistent batsman for india now in test as well.

  • on July 18, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    for all english fan u guys just talking like bangladeshi fans b4 world cup..yes eng did beat austalia but that austalia is weakest aus side..u cant beat sl convincnly and ur talking about beating team who is yet to loose test series under msd since last 3 years..eng team is nothing but team of selfish players without any team spirit because they mostly depend on importing players from sa and ireland eng cant be best side yes it can happen if they play with all 11 englishmen ..its team game and not individual sport after all..

  • Cricketloverfan on July 18, 2011, 9:21 GMT

    Hoping that this series would be a great treat to the eyes. Sorry to all opposition fans for the bizarre comments. We respect cricket and awaiting a hilarious and challenging series. It would be great to watch two top teams in cricketing history head to head competing for the #1 title. Hope India retains the title with a display of extraordinary cricket and by no means should it turn out to be one-sided. Three cheers for team INDIA

  • on July 18, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    My selection for Indian team for Lords test. 1. Gauti 2.Mukund 3.Rahul 4. VVS 5. Sachin 6. Raina 7. Dhoni 8. Bhajji 9. Praveen 10. Zak 11. Ishant.. This team composition would surely throw England out. Gauti is experienced and Saved many games for India,Mukund is improving and showed lot of promise in tough Carribean tracks. Rahul & VVS are ideal combination for 3-4 slots followed by Sachin,Raina,Dhoni. Bhajji & PK could be handy with bat too. As far as bowling attack is considered Zak is all time attacker , Ishant is showing good promise and his swingers could trouble English line up well. Praveen with his swing could cause lethal havoc to the opposition.Bhajji makes miracles always whenever you wont expect. What else needed for Indian team to win the match and series???

  • on July 18, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    Team for Lord's test:

    1. Mukund 2. Gambhir 3. Dravid. 4. Tendulkar. 5. VVS 6. Raina 7. Dhoni 8. Zaheer 9. Ishant 10. Praveen 11. Bhajji

  • on July 18, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    No DRS in the upcoming India-Eng Series

  • on July 18, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    I am desperately looking for century of international centuries of sachin Ramesh Tendulkar

  • on July 18, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    @Ajmer Singh..love your team composition... praveen or Sri. real tough task - praveen more consistent. sree the surprise package as we do not which Sree will show up..the Kallis bending Sree or the trying a different run up every ball sree...

    otherwise bro great team...good balance

  • Pankaj_INDIA on July 18, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    is there DRS in ind-eng series?? can anyone tell, i have no idea.

  • on July 18, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    Dravid-The Wall. Laxman- Man of Special innings. Sachin- Profilic Run Machine.Gauti- Match saver. Zak- All time attacker. Bhajji- Match winner with magic spells. What else needed for India to win this series??? India is going to win this series under MSD's brilliant Captaincy and put an end to those who criticize the no1 test team always!!! If India had not been consistent , staying at top of table for 20 months wont be possible(Dec09- Present). Indian team makes miracles always in cricket. Ishant ,Raina,Yuvi,Mukund play the second fiddle well to the names mentioned above and Sree can be lethal in swinging English conditions

  • Fast_Track_Bully on July 18, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    I do not think England can survive against India. Their bowlers are much hyped and their batting depends on 1 or 2 players.

  • on July 18, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    if sehwag would have been here...england would have been under pressure from ball one!with him not playing at least first couple,england have an edge...but beware of indian resilience...they perform better when under pressure...as we saw in SA series!!!

  • mak102480 on July 18, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    A lot of english supporters are talking trash. They forget that this same Indian team (w/o sehwag) won in the same english "conditions" 4 yrs ago. And a much, much weaker Indian team drew the series in english "conditions" of swing and bounce in 2002..............Cook and Trott? C'mon...I am more worried about Pietersen, Bell, and Morgan.......If cook and Trott score runs, they will take up so much time that most probably the match will be a draw. Again, don't mistake this Indian lineup with the one England demolished down under.

  • on July 18, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    Everyone started pouring in criticism just the way Indians went into the practice game. Its not the place where you need to show off everything and get exhausted. I am sure Zak is going to run up thro the English line up along with Ishant/Sree/Praveen and Bhajji. Mishra wont be a good pick on English tracks. VVS,Dravid,Sach,Gauti,Yuvi/Raina will surely prove handy with the bat and all are in very good form in the past couple of years. Laxman averages 40+ in Eng vs Eng. Dravid is awsome in Eng & Sach too is very good here. Gauti ,Yuvi & Raina score whenever its needed for the team. Surely India is going to win this series and put an end to all these criticizers. India has all the capablities to make miracles anywhere and thats why India is no1 test nation for more than 18 months. Its not easy to retain the spot for more than 1 year if a team is inconsistent.

  • on July 18, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    Once again Raina shown character by his brilliant knock of 103 NOT OUT: So Please play with RAINA. He's the future captaincy material

  • on July 18, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    @ Nampally Aren't you the one who asked for Laxman's ouster from team giving some stupid analogy ?? FYI this is not the first time India is beginning a series from a test match and we have done well too in those series ( against Australia , S.A, Eng). Don't act as if this is first time this Indian team is playing on English soil infact CORE of Indian squad has been there and won a test series too.

  • on July 18, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    Laxman is a sure cheer setter in this tour of England..... Even if England attack appears to be threatening VVS can axe it at ease....... With the character Raina exhibits he is sure to fill in the spot left out by the Dada in the lower middle order.... So Laxman has a real partner to compliment his innings .......

  • on July 18, 2011, 3:30 GMT

    The first Test team looks to be

    1. Mukund 2. Gambhir 3. Dravid. 4. Tendulkar. 5. VVS 6. Raina 7. Dhoni 8. Zaheer 9. Ishant 10. Patel/Praveen/Sri 11. Bhajji

    Tough, no place for Yuvi or Mishra. Praveen deserves a place ahead of Patel or Srisanth.

  • landl47 on July 18, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    @snowsnake: With Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman in the side, India are venerable in every test (you do know that 'venerable' means 'old', don't you?). @vivekoud: You're joking, right? If Sreesanth is more dangerous than Ishant on English pitches, and Sreesanth just got 1-141 against Somerset (0-53 in 8 overs in the second innings) how bad is Ishant? Then you're going to drop Bhaji for Mishra, who went for 99 in 19.5 overs in the first innings and 123 in 14 overs in the second innings against Somerset, including 61 off 3 overs at one point. Somerset got 685-5 in two innings at run rates of 4.42 in the first and 6.34 in the second, and you want 3 of the bowlers who played in that game to be in the Indian side for Lord's? I can only say, as an England supporter, I hope your wish comes true.

  • satanswish on July 18, 2011, 2:46 GMT

    If England can beat India in first Test, that is their best chance to save series from India's comeback in rest Test matches.

  • Beanstalk on July 18, 2011, 2:39 GMT

    Hey guys. Let's all just post saying our respective teams are better and win the argument. Why not just wait till the end of the first day at the Lord's Test to decide what the series might be like?

  • Gupta.Ankur on July 18, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    It seems many people are over the moon with England's chances after a "practise" game. Remember this side beat England in 2007 without a single 100 from their top order throughout the series... And this time we have all our batsmen in excellent form and we 2 genuinely good fast-bowlers in Zaheer,Ishant and Munaf Patel. Come Lords, you will see a very motivated Team India take on England.......

  • kab-dhi on July 18, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    2-1 win for WINdia only if England have few surprises left for Indians else 3-0 moreover Ecb is so defensive from step 1, look they just have 4 match series. Dhoni will make a difference obviously with his captaincy, gambhir will show glimpse of sehwag, 100 for Legend for sure, dravid will be the wall as usual and rest will be on party boat :)

  • on July 18, 2011, 2:26 GMT

    @ Joshua Johnson : I hope u know the word longevity and also the Mr.Cricket Mike Hussey... Based on the first word greatness is decided but on a short term bust.... Mike Hussey was also as good or even better at that stage of his career and see now where he is....

  • vivekgoud on July 18, 2011, 2:16 GMT

    praveen kumar and sreesanth....are more dangerous than ishanth on england pitches...hope they do great .....if they get chance.....drop bhajji and pick mishra..cud ahve won against WI...had mishra was picked for the 3rd test

    get a lead in 1st two test......shewag will be back for last two tests.......

  • zxaar on July 18, 2011, 1:31 GMT

    @ Joshua Johnson , trott the best batsman. The same number of matches recently where Trott is averaging 62, tendulkar is averaging 75+. This is when he should have retired from cricket. So much for the best batsman theory.

  • on July 17, 2011, 22:40 GMT

    Indian fans will be made to eat their words when they get beaten by a fantastic England side. Currently Johnathan Trott and Alastair Cook are easily the best batsmen in the world. Trott is doing better at this stage in his career than any batsman in the history of the game - even Bradman.

  • 5wombats on July 17, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    @Arjan Nagra; "England have a slight edge in the bowling". I think - after seeing Somerset + Strauss take indian bowling for 685/5, that your comment is something of an understatement.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on July 17, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    I hope Sachin retires after this series. India and her fans don't need his useless records that come in several packages. Let some other honest player take his place. I sincerely hope he learns from Raina, Dravid and VVS as to how to play for the country, with the tail and go down with dignity and with a fight even if we have to lose. I'm fed up with his love for stale and tasteless records. Otherwise, what's the reason he is still playing? As always, I'm banking on VVS and Dravid to give us wins with their bats. Hope the bowlers can back them up with creditable performances.

  • on July 17, 2011, 21:27 GMT

    Man for man India are far superior. Sehwag > Strauss Gambhir = Cook Dravid < Trott Tendulkar > Pietersen VVS > Bell Raina > Morgan Dhoni > Prior England have a slight edge in the bowling but Tremlett and Broad are nothing special, whereas Ishant and Zaheer pose a greater threat than Anderson and Tremlett. Swann is class but India are world class players of spin India to win 2-0

  • VEXXZ on July 17, 2011, 20:57 GMT

    This is where India top order will be put to the test and must show its true colours in order to take the series . England have a host of good fast bowlers to choose from while being at home in comfortable conditions .

  • landl47 on July 17, 2011, 19:49 GMT

    VVS might not think India require much preparation, but even he must be worried that in the Somerset game neither Zaheer nor Tendulkar took the field in the second innings, after they'd done nothing in the first. If those two aren't on top of their game, India is in deep, deep trouble. Even with them, India has an uphill battle. Strauss took their bowling for 187 runs for once out and he was the only England batsman not in form! This is shaping up like another Australia or Sri Lanka series, with the opposition unable to get England out and folding up against the weight of runs scored by England. Let's hope the wickets aren't dead- that's India's only hope.

  • SnowSnake on July 17, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    England's best chance to win against India is first test. India is usually venerable in first test just like in SA. The reason is that, in first test, India always have players coming out of long rest or injury. A typical Indian resistance begins with the second test. If England draws against India in first test then it will be difficult to win series against India. Both countries need to win this series badly. If India wins then it will most likely go into 2012 as #1 team. If England wins then it might go into 2012 as #1 team.

  • on July 17, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    I am waiting to see how Dravid n Laxman would take on England this time..Dravid has always been so consistent in england, however his performance in the past couple of years has left his fans something to worry about. As his fan, I cant wait to see some long innings from The Wall. Good luck Dravid! make your fans proud as always <3

  • kk777 on July 17, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    @ tjsimonsen and moneypenny : Please don't read with selective eyes...nobody is degrading anybody's country...the tone of their comments is just as much as your own comments. Just adding few good words in the first line doesn't make you a saint...This is a forum to discuss cricket ...a bit of banter is obvious but then to changeover and suddenly become a saint...ufff!!!....If anybody says Sachin is God...respect it and move on...as for the series nobody can surely say what the results will be...as in Ind v WI....but I being an Indian will support India all the way!!! :)

  • donda on July 17, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    VVS is champion batsman, he don't care practice or no practice match , he is the best fourth innings batsman in the world or may be the greatest ever. He is very very special and i am confident that if not in Lords, after that england will be in tough situation against this awesome batting lineup of India.

    Go ahead the greatest ones and beat england to show them who is number 1.

    Have fun in english summer. Waiting for classic series.

  • rsurya on July 17, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    Anyway Dhoni will add sreesanth to the team and England will tear our bowling. with sreesanth bowling at one end even mcgrath will struggle to bowl at the other end, pity on Zak. When will India change these decisions. PK taking early wickets and Ishanth in good form, they should go for Zak,PK,IS. Let us c wat our fate is.....

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 17, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    @Marcio that rule is abolished now. Dont forget the fact that he came at num 10 in first innings and that cost us the lead. @Adeesha Dahanayake Sorry for the fellow indians arrogance but blame it on media. @WTEH May be you can comment that at the end of the series. I still feel india will win the series. Lets wait and watch.

  • on July 17, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    TEAM FOR 1ST TEST 1.GAMBHIR 2.DRAVID 3.VVS 4.TENDULKAR 5.RAINA 6.YUVRAJ 7.DHONI 8.BHAJJI 9.ZAHEER 10.ISHANT 11.PK ENG 1.COOK 2.STRAUSS 3.TROTT 4 KP 5.BELL 6.MORGAN 7.PRIOR 8.SWANNNN 9.ANDERSON 10.BROAD 11.TREMLETT.....INDIA WILL WIN 2-0 OR 1-0..

  • on July 17, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    I personally feel that this series is going to be very closeans from both sides should remember this.

    While there are some wind up merchants from England who should remember that India deserve there number 1 ranking and give the Indian side the credit it deserves.

    There are also many Indian fans who should remember the Indian team is merely 11 good cricketers not 11 superman as they seem to believe.

  • screamingeagle on July 17, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    Moneypenny, please stick to Bond and his couch. As regards your very sensible comments, please note that there are some extremely well informed supporters from other eminent countries who deem it wise to comment on any match involving India, trying to degrade their achievements. Pity you thought it would help your post degrading Sachin, methinks it only brought out the petty thinking behind the post. Anyway...i think England should try and win a World Cup first before starting arguments. Anyway I am sure we will see more of the bulldog spirit, pity it would be more in the barking part only.....

  • on July 17, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    @Moneypenny, tjsimonsen well said mates.we all should respect the opposition.but those barking people don't have anything else other than boasting about Indian team.beware ENG fans,series is yet to be started,but halfway through you will fed-up of looking at those boasting comments.even SL was there, Indian fans were the ones who much bother about performances of SL,NOT Englishmen,they even hardly commented on the forums.Everyone has their own rights to praise their team,but no-one can deny or disrespect other teams,which most of the Indians do.I've never seen such an arrogance from any of other cricketing nations.

  • Marcio on July 17, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    One thing is for sure, The Poms won't be as foolish as Ricky Ponting and let Laxman use a runner in both innings for a chronic back injury, as happened in India last season vs Oz in the 1st test. And what did Ponting get for that act of generosity, which allowed Laxman to win the game for India by 1 wicket? He got bood by the crowd when he came out to bat in the second game! So, here's hoping the Indians get thrashed.

  • rahulcricket007 on July 17, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    @prash smith. i think u should first look at the records of SRT . an out standing century on his first eng tour , a brilliant 134 at nottingham in1996 , awesome 193 at headingly in 2002, also two half centuries in the 2007 tour . also u should consider his against the best australian side b/w 1992 -2008 . 155 at perth in 1992, century at sydney in 1996. two centuries on 1999 tour , 241 at sydney in 2004, 151 & 152 at sydney& adelaide in2008. against south africa a destructive 157 at durban in1996 , century at bloffonton in2002 ,century at johannasberg in2006, two centries in2010-2011 tour.

  • RajeshMys on July 17, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    @ravikiran999, well said! I agree with you! You are 100% correct! Accept my congratulations for your sensible attitude! What a pity that most others dont have the same sensible, mature line of thinking as you & me ! We all should respect both teams. They are International Cricket teams, full of players with outstanding International records! You & me are not International Cricketeers, we have never played International Cricket, so what right do we have to criticise them? Only they know the pains & problems they face while playing on the Field, you & me dont!! So, friends, this is a request from me also, please stop passing childish comments on any of the players,stop criticising Ishanth Sharma, Munaf patel, Sehwag or anyone else!! Just wish Good Luck to the Indian team, hope for a good performance from them & enjoy good cricket from both teams! Yeah, this is the last time we will be watching laxman, Sachin & Dravid perform on English soil, let us enjoy their batting completely!

  • on July 17, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    India should bowl first, If they win the toss in the 1st Test. They must include Praveen Kumar,Ishant and Zaheer in the pace department.Srishant must be the last choice in case someone is injured.It is interesting to see how the Englsh players face the swingers of Praveen Kumar.Ishant must stick to the line of the 'corridor of uncertainity' and bring the ball in.Dhoni must use thoughtful field placements for each batsman right from the beginning so that no batsman is letoff even once. All said and done ,Good Luck India.

    M.Hanumantha Rao

  • Moneypenny on July 17, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    correction: sachin's average is only slightly better than sangakara at this moment but that doesn't make sachin or sangakara a god either. they are both good professional cricketers only.

  • prnthv on July 17, 2011, 14:40 GMT

    seeing all this comments im just thinking y did india got no.1 rank... see how jelous people are? now all other countries started saying that indians are unfit for there no 1 rank.... then who is no. 1.. is it england? australia? southafrica? or else srilanka? when england came to india recently they were almost clean sweep in whole series but when india came to eng they won the series............. same abt aus and srilanka...... but i agree no 1 rank should be shared by sa and ind because the result was same wen ind went to sa and sa came to ind.....and also some comments i saw that indians are only better in subcontient but not in rest.....that is absolutly wrong.... they are too strong in sub continent and better at abroad wen compare to others thats y they r no 1... and also keep eye on this series esp from 2nd tes tbecause our indians mainly show there greatness frm there... my expectations are 2-1 or 2-0 in favour of india with sachins 100th century

  • Moneypenny on July 17, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    @tjsimonsen . I agree with you, thanks for bringing this up. To be proud of your team's performance you don't need to denounce every other team even in games which don't even involve India. Nothing more funny than an Indian writer intruding with comments on matches between Namibia and Canada or other minnows to say that India is #1 and Sir Sachin is a god and suggesting no one else should play the game. Don't forget you were also a weak team not long ago and will soon be as your ageing trio will soon be out. You have never been the greatest anyway.Any match where evenly matched teams are playing becomes a thriller, whether it be between SA & Aussies or between Namibia & canada-thats the spirit of game.By the way if sachin is a god then why is he playing cricket which is not even world's biggest sport? and why his average is lower than Sangakara, Trott, Sobers(leave Bradman aside). I am sure Gods have more important things to worry about.Be a good sport please and enjoy the game.

  • zxaar on July 17, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    @Prash Smith you have no clue what you talk about. Tendulkar averages 62 in England. Only Trott averages higher than him from English team.

  • WTEH on July 17, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    Win the series....? That's actually kind of funny.

  • dhilipthesachinfan on July 17, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    @tjsimonsen Well said. Trust me these same fans will turn against India if India loses even one match or even draws one for that matter. They will just take pride when the team is doing good. End of the day what matters is good cricket. Its a good contest as rightly put with NO.1 ranking at stake. why dont we cricket fans enjoy the cricket while we respect the opposition.

  • Angad11 on July 17, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    yeah, you see the dogs have started barking...

  • ravikiran999 on July 17, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    England is a very formidable side - very good bowling attack and a strong batting line up as well. i am sure the Indian team knows that. We will definitely miss sehwag-he would have either blasted the english bowlers or got out for a few runs. Gambhir, Dravid, Sachin, Laxman, Dhoni and Raina/Yuvraj is always a tough proposition. The drawback is the bowling- I think other than Zaheer none of the others are going to create any impact. Ishant is in form but cant see him rip through the English line up.May be someone like Irfaan pathan would be a good alrounder to be in the side in English conditions. Weather permitting - This series should be very interesting and closely fought. I reckon 1-1 series or 2-1 at the best for either side. Guys dont give any degrogatory comments about any sides. Enjoy the game . You will never see Dravid, Sachin and Laxman playing in English soil again. So let them end on a high note.Cricket should win

  • on July 17, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    I can't see how India can win the series because they have a mediocre bowling attack and their batsmen are quite ordinary outside of their own country. Look at their stats. Apart from Laxman,SRT and Dravid the other batsman have little or no experience outside of sub continent. I know SRT played for yorkshire in 1992.How many of your remember that? maybe before a lot of you were born. i remember that season and he was quite ordinary then and actually disappointed. Dravid did OK in west indies but nothing special..in fact he's not playing well at all. I remember Dravids test debut in England...1996 i think it was. He did great. played beautifully but he's half the player he was. I dont seen how India has the firepower to hurt england.India struggled against uneven bounce and movement in the West indies...so how can they cope with swing/seaming green topped wickets over here.

  • on July 17, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    Agreed with laxman. its just another tour.. There is nothing like toughest tour etc etc. And India has nothing to prove that they are world beater. They did well in all parts of the world in recent times..... Good luck India. Just enjoy your game.

  • on July 17, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    India will surely win the series

  • AvidCricFan on July 17, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    Some people saying India batting line up is good on flat pitches need to look back at SA and WI series. I was one of the nay sayer predicting India getting trashed in SA, but I was wrong. However, I still have reservations on the aging line up, speciall in the fielding. India is very vulnerable in fielding.

  • tjsimonsen on July 17, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    @div09: that was NOT my point (I'm not too surpirsed you missed that, though), and I am quite sure that is not going to happen. Win the series, perhaps. But trash England, no.Seriously, you guys act as if its India's destiny, and nobody has the right to challange it. BTW, I'm not English, just for the record.

  • div09 on July 17, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    @tjsimonsen. India is going to thrash England. People just think England is good because they won the ASHES.

  • Sukkrivaa on July 17, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    India will nedd to handle the short ball effectively to win the series

  • on July 17, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    well, this warm up match show that what is the reality of Indian batting line up in foreign conditions. they are good only in flat Indian or Srilankan pitches. now this series reveal who have skill and techniques.

  • SUNILDASWANEY on July 17, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    I PREDICT A 1-1 RESULT WITH SACHIN GETTING A HUNDRED IN THE 3RD TEST

  • on July 17, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    I'm sure everybody's gonna be shocked by the MSD's tactics in the series. I don't think we should judge indians by their performance in the only practice match they had. But they have got some potential match winners who are gonna blow away england bowling and much to everybody's surprise most of them would feel retiring cricket after this.

  • on July 17, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    India Is being Hammered in English Conditions really Bad and I dont expect them to do any better than a 3-1 loss by the hands of the english. They have a very ordinary balling attack against a very strong Batting Attack. While they do have a strong batting attack they will not be able to duck under the bouncers that the English will throw at them.

  • tjsimonsen on July 17, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    @bnn007 and jo_cricfan: It's perfectly fine to be pround of your team and country - and you have every reason to be so. But when it is expressed by putting everyone else down and deny them any right to be proud of their team, and deny their team any right to aspire to greatness, then it becomes appaling arrogance and jingoism. A couple of examples: 1) During the Ashes, a number of Indian fans were interrupting debates on this site only to boast how much better India was than either ENG or AUS, and how little that series mattered; or they were hammering England and their fans for only being interested in the Ashes. 2) During the ENG-SL series Indian fans were putting both sides down (especially SL) and again telling everybody how much better and more important India is. 3) Now a number of Indian fans seem to think that India has already won this series and that England has no right to see it differently. Disrespect and arrogance a plenty - and you wonder why some are against you?

  • on July 17, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    england is over rated, its just another bread, butter and jam, wait and watch

  • wnwn on July 17, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    If India are to have any chance in this series, Praveen Kumar must be picked as the third seamer. He is a man in form and will swing the ball enormously in english conditions.

  • on July 17, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    to all indian haters: now the english vaughan himself has said that strauss is a defensive captain and dhoni goes for the kill..well, earlier english team will say something against the indian team, then after two days, they start praising them..it shows that english are scared for the first time..and BTW, it is not english...half england team is of south african descent..ha ha ha ha

  • on July 17, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    As many of my fellow Indian friend are speaking about winning the series so easily in pure swinging condition, I think English bowlers will test Indian batsman!!!

  • on July 17, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    i agree with every body that india doesnt take practice matches seriously..But i see it as a positive sign.. The mind set of acclimatization is gone through the window..The players themselves exude a kind of confidence previously unheard off...Some how the overseas tag seems to have lost its sheen...India is definitely on the rigfght foot...

  • peterss on July 17, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    India are probably gonna lose big time this series. England are much stronger and especially in english conditions the indians would do well to even win one game.

  • on July 17, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    @RogerC you are correct man

  • on July 17, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    indians need to control their complacenecy.sure,they are a world beating side. but mind you, england has some serious quality players in all departments...but i agree with Mr.Anjan , Dhoni's captaincy will bring out the best in all indian players.

    I think Ishant Sharma is going to have a huge tounament The steep bounce and movement of the pitch might trouble english batsmen.

  • rahul_suda on July 17, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    India always play badly in practice matches.....batsmen will try to play their shots.....driving on the up ..rather than ducking n defending....bowlers ll try to check their lengths in these pitches instead of taking wkts...Indian team never looks for winning practice matches...It's like trying somethings n see how pitches r behaving...But some teams like Sl like to win matches..bcoz they think they feel it's gud to start with a win....they feel it's all about momentum...India sees practice matches differently..!!

  • on July 17, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    remember India playing this practice match without Dhoni, Harbhajan and Praveen kumar... Remember new Sultan of Swing "Praveen Kumar" will screw them royally....

  • on July 17, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    India will lose this match and will lose this series.. i m betting.

  • jo_cricfan on July 17, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    @Richard Taper That is not arrogance... That is confidence... For u people what ever Indians speak is arrogance... Its all bcoz u people are jealous of Team India... @Udesh Suranga De Silva Winning practice matches is not important... Winning the series is important which i think the Indians will surely do...

  • RogerC on July 17, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    The game against Somerset is played in a particular style to create over-confidence in England's mind. Dhoni plays Cricket like a Chess master.

  • on July 17, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    @Udesh Suranga De Silva.... Wat a gr8 win to be proud of!!!... lol.... the best thing hapnd for SL in that tour is Sanga's speech..n d sad point is that he spoke against ur own board... Don worry mate .. u ll get chance to b writing gr8 things abt ur country in cricinfo sometime l8r....

  • BULTY on July 17, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    I don't find anything wrong in Laxman airing confidence just ahad of the Lord's Test. No touring party takes a practice match seriously and no strategies revealed to the opposition during the practice match and this practice match is no different. The Indians are least bothered about the practice game. As for English fan trying to hype the test series against India is natural; the English relish thrashing the Indians on their soil and this series is again no different; the only difference now is India is No.1 in Test ranking and it bites into the English pride. They cannot accept defeat so easily especially on their soil and when they are passionate about Test cricket than any other form of cricket and to prove it,just yesterday the U-19 ODI match between England & SA,was won by SA despite a stiff target & also losing wickets at regular intervals. So it's just going to be English pride against India's quiet unassuming confidence in this Test series.

  • Hindh on July 17, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    Sl team can only win practice matches this is the impression that some SL fans here are creating. If u win warm up u will lose the real ones..........acc to SL fans...lol

  • Pankaj_INDIA on July 17, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    Laxman seems very determined. with the kind of batting line up india have, i think restricting india under 450 will be hell lot of difficult. i suggest poms pick only 3 bowlers and get 8 batsmen so that they can try to come close to indian total, atleast they can draw matches like that, otherwise defeat for poms is written all over. looking forward to grand standing ovation our GOD will get in Lord's and other 3 venues.

  • bbn007 on July 17, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    we are indians and proud to be an indian.... now all the nations are jelous about our current status.... we can bounce back from this conditions against all the nations... and we proved it all the time.... am sure on the wings of MSD the team india will win the tour.... pray to god to give their 100% in the field as MSD wants.... CHAK De INDIA...............

  • on July 17, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    If we had just played Dhoni instead of Saha for this game... the scoreline would drastically change... He would play this game like the real deal and would have got Somerset all out for less than 200... His captaincy would probably make the difference in this series against England...

  • on July 17, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    These are world winning champions. They have the quality in them to win matches, no matter who the opponent is or where they play. Nothing need to be told more. All the jealous folks can relax. England is a great side but India is a World-beating side :)

  • on July 17, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    say what you want to say , Indian only show their skills on real ground not on practice , so whos care we are going to crush england like hell

  • on July 17, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    i just dont know why srilanlkans are so jealous of india see lankan boys srilanka hasnt won a test match in india australia 7 south africa they just win in their own backyard with turning pitches...i think this is more enuff to shut up their mouth as india hav beaten england australia srilanka & south africa in last 4 years in their home ground

  • on July 17, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    All the foreign nations are just jealous of india's success.. Sri lankans played poor cricket and lost the whole tour.. INDIANS WONT

  • on July 17, 2011, 3:29 GMT

    @ Udesh Suranga De Silva series is not yet over.. at the end the scoreline will show how good a team india is? practice match is just for preparation... indians are ready to tame the english lions.. just wait and watch

  • stambake on July 17, 2011, 3:23 GMT

    VVS laxman always been a strong late middle order batsman.... he played some match winnings and match saving innings from past few years... i hope he will continue his good form in england also.. but more imp that our top order batsman should give a good enough start...

  • moko58 on July 17, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    India lost the killer spirit somewhere in that West Indies series.

  • sreesam on July 17, 2011, 3:10 GMT

    Did England win the series already? Going by their fans, you would think they did!! Just like their fans said they would win the WC!! LOL! As for the SL fan, boasting about his team winning the practice match...hilarious!! So what your team has not won a single test match in India, SA or Australia, you won the practice match against England!! LOL!!

  • bigdhonifan on July 17, 2011, 3:09 GMT

    @Richard Taper .... you are not the world!!! Wait and watch for the Standing ovation these guys Sachin , Dravid and Laxman gets when they comes to bad and when they go backs to dressing room!!!! No English player deserve that!

  • cricos06 on July 17, 2011, 3:09 GMT

    @Udesh Suranga: at least SL won the practice games. If that is what SL came for, then you are right. India is different. They play their best in real matches.

  • banglafan on July 17, 2011, 2:46 GMT

    @cric4zh - thanks for putting it right on the spot. ''""u guys r too much patriot for ur own country but not for the rest of the world cricket nations."" Sadly, India are not allowing some test nations to play tests in India, let alone practice matches, only becoz its not worth financially !!!

  • kumarcoolbuddy on July 17, 2011, 2:40 GMT

    @Richard Taper, may be u r wrong...because VVS was/is never arrogant. It might sound arrogant to you but if you see his character it doesn't suit him. It's all in the way you think. He is just confident. Indian players are not arrogant except few (like Sreeshanth, I can definitely say that he is unfit in Indian team with his mentality). Moreover India is on top financially and in ranking so no surprise if everyone hates India. At the end this is a sport after all.

  • on July 17, 2011, 2:03 GMT

    see everytime the opposition fans, the experts say the same thing that the indian bowling is too weak, their batters don't have match practice...but despite all these doubts team india drew the series against SA, won the world cup and will thrash the english...so everybody just wait and watchsee everytime the opposition fans, the experts say the same thing that the indian bowling is too weak, their batters don't have match practice...but despite all these doubts team india drew the series against SA, won the world cup and will thrash the english...so everybody just wait and watch

  • on July 17, 2011, 1:27 GMT

    English supporters keep dreaming... @Richard Taper those words are not arrogant those are the words of confidence.. India is the no.1 team and we will show that we deserve that spot..

  • on July 17, 2011, 1:23 GMT

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  • cric4zh on July 17, 2011, 0:39 GMT

    lack of tour matches for no. 1 test playing nation u guys r too much patriot for ur own country but not for the rest of the world cricket nations.

  • Gizza on July 16, 2011, 23:52 GMT

    It is a shame about the lack of tour matches. If India has at least 2 (but better if 3) matches before an England tour, Australia tour and South Africa tour, I can think they could win all of these tours comfortably. The players have the talent, just need the experience to play in foreign conditions. But no the BCCI will never do that. Wastes time for making more money...

  • Gizza on July 16, 2011, 23:49 GMT

    @Test_Cricket_Best_Cricket, did you read what Andrew wrote carefully? He said first FIRST-CLASS match. ODI's and T20's are not first-class matches. Only Tests and domestic 3/4-day matches are.

  • crikkfan on July 16, 2011, 23:47 GMT

    5wombats that is becoz he is vvs - tougher the conditons and match situation, better it is for him. dravid is more a form guy, vvs could score a duck in first innings and come up with a match saving 100 in second inng if needed, thats his style. test_cric... since when is WC and T20 considered first class? so yeah they are not without any cricket experience but 7 months since first class is accurate. (in general) i think not just players but fans need to get into test cricket mentality. after a day or two of practise games, i see lot of comments go overboard. 1 day doesnt maketh a match and 1 match doesnt maketh the series.lets talk in august.

  • itzvicky on July 16, 2011, 23:38 GMT

    Am really not surprise with this performance coz this is how INDIA starts every tour(learning)...., this is not the first time this was happened but still don't forget we are champions and our time is under master minded caption......this is just an unofficial game.....wait and watch......

  • cricket1988 on July 16, 2011, 23:36 GMT

    Test_Cricket_Best_Cricket, You are right that Sachin, Gambhir and Zaheer all played in WC and whole of IPL but One day Cricket and T20's are not considered as First Class matches. One day matches (not internationals) are called List A matches and Twenty matches (not internationals) are called T20's. So Andrew hasn't written anything wrong.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on July 16, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    Is there a real reason why VVS and Dhoni are not playing? Dhoni is not a decent batsman in test cricet and he needs to be there in the middle playing the warm-up game. How often do we get warm-up games and when we have one what's the rationale in missing it? VVS too should be playing in this warm-up game as he is sure to play the test matches and batsmen need this much needed warm-up more than bowlers. Shame strategy this from the Indian think-tank if there is one. What's up with the Indian Team eversince Fletcher became the Coach!!! Negative Cricket in the Caribbean and brain-dead team selection for the warm-up game!!!

  • Manuu on July 16, 2011, 23:19 GMT

    @5wombats Hes just played 3 tests in the windies So others need the warmup match more than him. So he sits out. Makes sense? @test_cricket... Do you even know what a first class match is???

  • akshay1994 on July 16, 2011, 23:11 GMT

    Only 3 comments so far and yet they're all pretty silly. @Test_Cricket_Best_Cricket, Andrew said it was their first "FIRST CLASS" match in 7 months, which does not include limited over games. @5wombats and @sachin_vvsfan, Laxman isn't playing because he has just played 3 test matches and needs a rest. Same goes for Dhoni, Sharma and Praveen, it is a way to give the others some much needed match practice.

  • on July 16, 2011, 23:10 GMT

    too posh to push this lot. how arrogant is that. o no we dont need to practice or get used t the conditions. no wonder the whole world hates you.

  • DebChodeary on July 16, 2011, 23:01 GMT

    @Test_Cricket_Best_Cricket- come on boy! Get with the game! As a "supposed" conniseur of the longest format, you show worrying ignorance of what exactly "first class" means.

  • zxaar on July 16, 2011, 22:57 GMT

    "Upbeat about what!!?? That his mates have faces as red as the apples down there in Somerset!?" --- you really think England gonna beat India in tests?? You are kidding yourself. This practice match counts for nothing nobody other than handful of English supporters taking it seriously.

  • hstrawson on July 16, 2011, 22:34 GMT

    @test_cricket - T20 and ODI arent first class matches - to be called a 'first class matvh' the game mast last for at least 3 days

  • big_al_81 on July 16, 2011, 22:32 GMT

    @ Test_Cricket_Best_Cricket: I'm confused - you've got a great name with which I agree (Test cricket is the greatest 'test') but unless the vocabulary of the cricket world has changed, ODIs and the IPL are not first class - this is precisely the author's point. I'm sure some of their big name batsmen will shine in the Tests but the Indian bowling looks very, very thin. How on earth are they going to take 20 wickets. Zaheer who is the only truly class act will have to carry the rest and his performance at Somerset doesn't bode too well!

  • subbass on July 16, 2011, 22:28 GMT

    TCBC a 1st class match is not a WC or IPL game different thing.

  • agam99 on July 16, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    @Test_Cricket_Best_Cricket...do u even understand meaning of First class cricket ??? Lolz...at least the the name with which u r posting here

  • landl47 on July 16, 2011, 22:25 GMT

    @T_C_B_C: First-class cricket is two-innings cricket. ODIs are not first-class matches and the IPL isn't cricket at all. Laxman has some justification for his confidence, at least as far as Tendulkar, Dravid and himself are concerned. They're all very experienced players and know their own game very well. If they fail against England it will be because England are too good, not because they haven't prepared. I'd be more concerned about the bowling; Zaheer is coming off an injury and only Ishant has been bowling well lately. England, as Australia and Sri Lanka found out, are a very formidable test batting side. If the wickets are flat, I think India will be able to hold on for some draws. If there's a bit of life, then this might be the series India's old brigade come unglued.

  • on July 16, 2011, 22:24 GMT

    why do u have to make an issue about the warm up match

  • Nampally on July 16, 2011, 22:08 GMT

    I much appreciate Laxman's positive words. But the fact remains that a significant number of players are rusty and totally lacking practice. I had mentioned in at least 6 of my earlier comments in the Cricinfo that India's greatest challenge is to adjust to the totally different Englich pitches & weather. I was right judging by the way Indians played their first practice match. Many think it is like walking in and playing your usual game as you did in India. But it is a totally different ball game in England.The ball seams off the pitch, swings in the air and it comes much quicker off the wicket. The bounce is also uneven. So although I very much like to share Laxman's views but he wrong & is playing down the poor Indian performances.SL with their powerful line up failed badly.In WI India played their 5 ODI's before the tests.So they had ample practice. Why did the BCCI did not put ODI's before the tests in England too? India - wake up and adjuxt fast or the series will be over.

  • on July 16, 2011, 21:11 GMT

    the match against sommerset does not make any difference.India are the world champions and will come out good in the first test match..Eng have a really good bowling attack but then India has the world's best batsman in Sachin Tendulkar.Dravid and Laxman are the other two men who will make the biggest impact in thie series. As far as bowling is concerned Praveen Kumar is going to make it big in the world of Test cricket and this series will bring out the best in him.Zaheer is as always the spearhead and Ishant will trouble the batsmen.Harbhajan is turning out to be a batsman rather than a bowler nowadays.

  • big_al_81 on July 16, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    I'm sure the Indian batsmen will do ok and even very well at times - the problem is going to be taking wickets - they only have one world class performer in Zaheer Khan who is outstanding (although not in this game which must be a worry!). Harbhajan is not going to worry anyone if they just concentrate. England have a better spinner and far better seamers so it's hard to justify Laxman's confidence. Presumably it's based on the philosophy of just scoring a ton of runs and hoping the opposition score a few less on an off-day then squeezing a 1-0 win out of a series. That's what happened in 2007 and it's what just happened against the 'mighty' Windies. You need to take 20 wickets and I can only see one side doing it in this series - probably not enough to take it by 2 clear Tests though.

  • 5wombats on July 16, 2011, 20:21 GMT

    Upbeat about what!!?? That his mates have faces as red as the apples down there in Somerset!? Why isn't he playing? Is he injured? Or is it because "VVS Laxman does not think an England tour is the toughest" and so he, the great VVS Laxman does not actually have to play. Why would he need to? afterall - it's not that tough is it - playing against Somerset.... All very odd...

  • on July 16, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    Well I don't know about Saha and Mishra.. But Sreesanth has a better chance than Praveen... Praveen is too slow and his bowling is just like Collingwood's. You think England would struggle against him? Sreesanth did exceptionally well in England last time around. Also his aggression helps..

  • Test_Cricket_Best_Cricket on July 16, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    "" Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir and Zaheer Khan - all certain starters at Lord's - are playing their first first-class match in almost seven months "" Andrew McGlashan, what s this?? They all played in WC and whole of IPL till May 28. Its just been 5-6 weeks, let alone 7 months..

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 16, 2011, 19:41 GMT

    why is he not playing in the warmup match. Shame waterboy yuvi has taken his spot.Also why saha ,mishra and sreesanth are playing. They are not going to make it to the final 11 then whats the point? Just to justify their overseas selection?.

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  • sachin_vvsfan on July 16, 2011, 19:41 GMT

    why is he not playing in the warmup match. Shame waterboy yuvi has taken his spot.Also why saha ,mishra and sreesanth are playing. They are not going to make it to the final 11 then whats the point? Just to justify their overseas selection?.

  • Test_Cricket_Best_Cricket on July 16, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    "" Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir and Zaheer Khan - all certain starters at Lord's - are playing their first first-class match in almost seven months "" Andrew McGlashan, what s this?? They all played in WC and whole of IPL till May 28. Its just been 5-6 weeks, let alone 7 months..

  • on July 16, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    Well I don't know about Saha and Mishra.. But Sreesanth has a better chance than Praveen... Praveen is too slow and his bowling is just like Collingwood's. You think England would struggle against him? Sreesanth did exceptionally well in England last time around. Also his aggression helps..

  • 5wombats on July 16, 2011, 20:21 GMT

    Upbeat about what!!?? That his mates have faces as red as the apples down there in Somerset!? Why isn't he playing? Is he injured? Or is it because "VVS Laxman does not think an England tour is the toughest" and so he, the great VVS Laxman does not actually have to play. Why would he need to? afterall - it's not that tough is it - playing against Somerset.... All very odd...

  • big_al_81 on July 16, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    I'm sure the Indian batsmen will do ok and even very well at times - the problem is going to be taking wickets - they only have one world class performer in Zaheer Khan who is outstanding (although not in this game which must be a worry!). Harbhajan is not going to worry anyone if they just concentrate. England have a better spinner and far better seamers so it's hard to justify Laxman's confidence. Presumably it's based on the philosophy of just scoring a ton of runs and hoping the opposition score a few less on an off-day then squeezing a 1-0 win out of a series. That's what happened in 2007 and it's what just happened against the 'mighty' Windies. You need to take 20 wickets and I can only see one side doing it in this series - probably not enough to take it by 2 clear Tests though.

  • on July 16, 2011, 21:11 GMT

    the match against sommerset does not make any difference.India are the world champions and will come out good in the first test match..Eng have a really good bowling attack but then India has the world's best batsman in Sachin Tendulkar.Dravid and Laxman are the other two men who will make the biggest impact in thie series. As far as bowling is concerned Praveen Kumar is going to make it big in the world of Test cricket and this series will bring out the best in him.Zaheer is as always the spearhead and Ishant will trouble the batsmen.Harbhajan is turning out to be a batsman rather than a bowler nowadays.

  • Nampally on July 16, 2011, 22:08 GMT

    I much appreciate Laxman's positive words. But the fact remains that a significant number of players are rusty and totally lacking practice. I had mentioned in at least 6 of my earlier comments in the Cricinfo that India's greatest challenge is to adjust to the totally different Englich pitches & weather. I was right judging by the way Indians played their first practice match. Many think it is like walking in and playing your usual game as you did in India. But it is a totally different ball game in England.The ball seams off the pitch, swings in the air and it comes much quicker off the wicket. The bounce is also uneven. So although I very much like to share Laxman's views but he wrong & is playing down the poor Indian performances.SL with their powerful line up failed badly.In WI India played their 5 ODI's before the tests.So they had ample practice. Why did the BCCI did not put ODI's before the tests in England too? India - wake up and adjuxt fast or the series will be over.

  • on July 16, 2011, 22:24 GMT

    why do u have to make an issue about the warm up match

  • landl47 on July 16, 2011, 22:25 GMT

    @T_C_B_C: First-class cricket is two-innings cricket. ODIs are not first-class matches and the IPL isn't cricket at all. Laxman has some justification for his confidence, at least as far as Tendulkar, Dravid and himself are concerned. They're all very experienced players and know their own game very well. If they fail against England it will be because England are too good, not because they haven't prepared. I'd be more concerned about the bowling; Zaheer is coming off an injury and only Ishant has been bowling well lately. England, as Australia and Sri Lanka found out, are a very formidable test batting side. If the wickets are flat, I think India will be able to hold on for some draws. If there's a bit of life, then this might be the series India's old brigade come unglued.

  • agam99 on July 16, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    @Test_Cricket_Best_Cricket...do u even understand meaning of First class cricket ??? Lolz...at least the the name with which u r posting here