England v India, 1st Test, Lord's July 17, 2011

Bresnan recalled as Broad keeps place

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Stuart Broad has kept his place in England's Test squad while Tim Bresnan has been recalled ahead of Steven Finn for the opening match against India, at Lord's, from July 21.

Broad's match haul of 6 for 162 against Somerset, which included 5 for 95 in the first innings, was enough to spare him the axe following his demotion from the one-day side for the final match against Sri Lanka at Old Trafford. Reports from the game at Trent Bridge, where he had a tough contest with Marcus Trescothick, were that he was finding his rhythm again.

"We watched him bowl here at Trent Bridge in the four-day game. There were signs he was getting back to where he was," Geoff Miller, the national selector, told Sky Sports News. "We know what he is capable of doing, and when he puts on that England shirt we feel sure he will show exactly that and produce the goods and make it difficult for India.

Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower are big supporters of what Broad brings to the team - despite just eight wickets in the Tests against Sri Lanka - but the decision to drop him last week has shaken up the pecking order despite his being Twenty20 captain. Having retained his place in the squad he still faces pressure for a place in the final XI from Bresnan who played a vital role in the Ashes Tests at Melbourne and Sydney.

Bresnan missed the chance to build on his successful winter after he was sidelined by the recurrence of a calf injury at the start of the season, which meant Finn earned an opportunity against Sri Lanka when James Anderson missed the Lord's Test with a side strain. However, it was clear how highly England rate Bresnan when he was brought straight back into the one-day side for the Sri Lanka series having recovered from injury.

"Following the successful Test and ODI series against Sri Lanka we're pleased to be able to include Tim Bresnan in the Test squad after his excellent return from a calf muscle injury," Miller said. "Tim adds further bite to our pace attack along with James Anderson, Chris Tremlett and Stuart Broad, who has greatly benefitted from getting overs and wickets under his belt for Nottinghamshire during the week."

Bresnan took four wickets and hit 41 against Worcestershire in the County Championship while Finn was forced to sit out the round with Middlesex not having a game. Bresnan is also a steadier operator than Finn and will give Strauss control, which will be important in keeping a tight hold on India's strong batting order.

"Steven Finn has also benefitted from his time at county level in recent weeks and continues to press hard for Test selection," Miller said. "It's very pleasing to see the depth of quality around our bowling attack particularly with a challenging four-match Test series on the horizon."

Away from the competition for Broad's position the England side is set in stone after Eoin Morgan's steady returns against Sri Lanka. Strauss, meanwhile, was able to spend some valuable time in the middle for Somerset, against the Indians, at Taunton, where he made 78 following his lean time against Sri Lanka.

Squad Andrew Strauss (capt), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Eoin Morgan, Matt Prior (wk), Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Chris Tremlett, James Anderson, Tim Bresnan

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  • on July 20, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    some tough show to watch in the 1st test.. but i dont think so bresnan or broad cn do any magic

  • AK_25 on July 19, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    one thng is sure.....even if eng beat india and get no.1 position.......bt cant hold for long time....once they tour subcontinent they ll be dropped to no.3 or 4....cz its very diffcult to match aus standard for any team...

  • spinkingKK on July 19, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    On paper England looks like a far better side than an Indian side missing Sehwag. I hope India play Dravid as the opener with Gambhir and allow both Raina and Yuvraj to play. That will make it a strong line-up, even without Sehwag. Bowling will be a lot more improved when they play test matches. So, Zaheer, Sreesanth and Ishant plus Harbhajan will do justice to the bowling department. With Indian batting boasting some of the senior most batsmen around in the world cricket, it will be a great match to watch. I predict an England win in the first test and 1-1 draw in the series. I would prefer 2-1 India. However, it is going to be difficult againt an in-form England team, one would think.

  • bluebillion on July 19, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    India's best chance in a test match against most oppositions away from home and without Viru is a DRAW! It doesnt matter who England pick or drop. It is ONLY Viru who gives India a chance at winning even if India bowl first and give away 400+ totals.

    I am sure England remember what happened the last time they encountered Viru (in Chennai)! So go England ... give your all to win the first one as once Viru's back you have no chance in hell.

  • on July 19, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    India's chances, whether to win or to survive, will depend a lot on Rahul Dravid(after all these years, nothing has changed much, it was Rahul we were depending on since he made his debut), since we have a new unsettled opening pair, which means Rahul will have to whether the early storm for the likes of Sachin,Laxman,Dhoni, to play freely without any pressure. All said and done this is defnitely the last English tour of the 3 legends. So lay back and enjoy some good batting against some quality bowling.

  • flyingmachinee on July 19, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    @5wombats........Exept zaheer none of the indian bowlers who played somerset wll play the first match..............zaheer is a great bowler(coming from injury)wll come back strong and lead the attack .....so dont even think of uguyz scoring half of 685........

  • on July 19, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    I need to be picked to play for an English county team.If offered the right amount of pound sterling i will surely play an innings full of sensational shots that bring up my hundred.

  • on July 19, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    I am pretty much sure that India will win this series. @those Englishman: who thinks it will be Sachin Vs Swann. Swann is just another spinner. Please don't insult Sachin, i cant take it.

  • AKS286 on July 19, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    my first choice as seamer is onion 2nd finn third plunkett 4th harmison. if england take lead in 1st inning then india will play for draw if india will take lead in first inning then england still plays for win. this is the only difference between these two teams.

  • needgreenpitches4bowlingallrounders on July 19, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    England n India r the best test playing nations for last 2 + years. please don't waste any arguments... all these statements and practice games would be history once series starts. LET THE BEST SERIES of summer begin.. England this late would not swing lol so there is not much of advantage neither they r playing Srilanka which has 0 bowling resources. India on other hand performed as worse as possible against West Indies.. Don't see any of these 2 teams really dominate each other .. Highlights should be Swann vs indian middle order indian pace VS Englands consistent run scorer's (COOK + TROT + BELL)

    1-1 should be most likely 2-1 is kind of tough(probably england if Swann is at his best/if he is not it might be reverse) 2-2 is impossible(as long as dravid n Trot r present) 0-0 lol its not india 2-0 neither of them look so gr8 out of form to give opposition such a boast

  • on July 20, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    some tough show to watch in the 1st test.. but i dont think so bresnan or broad cn do any magic

  • AK_25 on July 19, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    one thng is sure.....even if eng beat india and get no.1 position.......bt cant hold for long time....once they tour subcontinent they ll be dropped to no.3 or 4....cz its very diffcult to match aus standard for any team...

  • spinkingKK on July 19, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    On paper England looks like a far better side than an Indian side missing Sehwag. I hope India play Dravid as the opener with Gambhir and allow both Raina and Yuvraj to play. That will make it a strong line-up, even without Sehwag. Bowling will be a lot more improved when they play test matches. So, Zaheer, Sreesanth and Ishant plus Harbhajan will do justice to the bowling department. With Indian batting boasting some of the senior most batsmen around in the world cricket, it will be a great match to watch. I predict an England win in the first test and 1-1 draw in the series. I would prefer 2-1 India. However, it is going to be difficult againt an in-form England team, one would think.

  • bluebillion on July 19, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    India's best chance in a test match against most oppositions away from home and without Viru is a DRAW! It doesnt matter who England pick or drop. It is ONLY Viru who gives India a chance at winning even if India bowl first and give away 400+ totals.

    I am sure England remember what happened the last time they encountered Viru (in Chennai)! So go England ... give your all to win the first one as once Viru's back you have no chance in hell.

  • on July 19, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    India's chances, whether to win or to survive, will depend a lot on Rahul Dravid(after all these years, nothing has changed much, it was Rahul we were depending on since he made his debut), since we have a new unsettled opening pair, which means Rahul will have to whether the early storm for the likes of Sachin,Laxman,Dhoni, to play freely without any pressure. All said and done this is defnitely the last English tour of the 3 legends. So lay back and enjoy some good batting against some quality bowling.

  • flyingmachinee on July 19, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    @5wombats........Exept zaheer none of the indian bowlers who played somerset wll play the first match..............zaheer is a great bowler(coming from injury)wll come back strong and lead the attack .....so dont even think of uguyz scoring half of 685........

  • on July 19, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    I need to be picked to play for an English county team.If offered the right amount of pound sterling i will surely play an innings full of sensational shots that bring up my hundred.

  • on July 19, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    I am pretty much sure that India will win this series. @those Englishman: who thinks it will be Sachin Vs Swann. Swann is just another spinner. Please don't insult Sachin, i cant take it.

  • AKS286 on July 19, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    my first choice as seamer is onion 2nd finn third plunkett 4th harmison. if england take lead in 1st inning then india will play for draw if india will take lead in first inning then england still plays for win. this is the only difference between these two teams.

  • needgreenpitches4bowlingallrounders on July 19, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    England n India r the best test playing nations for last 2 + years. please don't waste any arguments... all these statements and practice games would be history once series starts. LET THE BEST SERIES of summer begin.. England this late would not swing lol so there is not much of advantage neither they r playing Srilanka which has 0 bowling resources. India on other hand performed as worse as possible against West Indies.. Don't see any of these 2 teams really dominate each other .. Highlights should be Swann vs indian middle order indian pace VS Englands consistent run scorer's (COOK + TROT + BELL)

    1-1 should be most likely 2-1 is kind of tough(probably england if Swann is at his best/if he is not it might be reverse) 2-2 is impossible(as long as dravid n Trot r present) 0-0 lol its not india 2-0 neither of them look so gr8 out of form to give opposition such a boast

  • MacFry on July 19, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    One shouldnt let opposition decide team selection. Bresnan is a better pick because he is effective, consistent, accurate and can bowl long spells.

  • 5wombats on July 18, 2011, 22:50 GMT

    @jonesy2; "2 pretty average cricket teams" - but both still good enough to beat Australia. Mate, you are not under any obligation to watch this series or make a comment here - so why are you bothering? Why don't you go back to Australia, get your unfinished Boxing Day dinner out de-frost it and watch some Ashes highlights? While you are doing that why not continue that conversation you are having with yourself.

  • 5wombats on July 18, 2011, 21:26 GMT

    @phoenixsteve; There are a lot of trolls about who don't like your opinion and get a bit worked up when you, rightly, express it - but Don't Sweat It, they don't like mine either! @Phani Deep Narra; "india now have bowlers to trouble the english batsmen" - Really? The Somerset batsmen took the indian bowlers for 685/5. OMG! England batsmen are going to be trembling in their boots! @khiladisher; TAKE YOUR CAPS LOCK OFF. @Pankaj_INDIA; I hope you are going to stick to what you have just stated in your post...

  • Nampally on July 18, 2011, 21:18 GMT

    @ bobmartin: Practice matches are essential to get used to the pitches and ball movement in the English conditions so different from the Indian ones. India needed at least 4 practice matches before the tests to shake off their rustiness and adapt to pitches & conditions in India. One match is meaningless. India fared badly in bowling because both Zaheer & sreesanth are returning from injuries and the layoff has proved they were physically out of shape and need to work harder.The regular Indian bowlers like Harbhajan, Kumar and Ishant Sharma were not in the line up against Somerset. Furthermore India need not show their bowling to Strauss the England opener. Zaheer will get him out at the Lords.India really needed batting practice because Tendulkar, Gambhir & Yuvraj are also coming off the injured list with their first game. Each of these guys can get a century. But their rustiness was evident by their failure.You will see a much improved performance from the Indian team at Lords.

  • on July 18, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    @phoenixsteve: I see your desperation to hurt indian team supporters.....this clearly suggests that you are currently hurt because you know that india is a better side than england on any pitch(may be not the case 4-5 years ago), india now have bowlers to trouble the english batsmen.

    whatever it is....it is a good series, waiting for this to start.....itching to see zaheer khan bowl thru the gates of strauss and cook with his deadly inswingers......it would be a treat to watch......i think that india will take the series.....if india has been a little shaky in the first test and lose it....they will surely win atleast one of the next three to draw the series.....my say is : ENGLAND WILL NOT WIN THE SERIES......

  • Alexk400 on July 18, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    Broad has some God father in ECC. He should n't be in the team. Broad will help india.

  • thejak on July 18, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    unfortunately broad will have to sit on bench. it will be a contest of England swing bowling vs. powerful Indian batting. How ever Indian batsmen will be tested on English conditions...

  • Hendersun on July 18, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    Although Tendulkar, will be playing, the Indian batting line-up without Sehwag could find it really difficult against this well-balanced England bowling attack. In the recent tour of West Indies, bowlers bowling anything over medium pace gave truoble to the Indians on numerous occasions and they ran away with a 1-0 victory when smarter catching by West Indies could have given them the win instead of India.

  • James9 on July 18, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    @phoenixsteve...I see you are passionate and aggresive about your team (England ofcourse)..which is a good thing, although it makes me think that how depressed and disappointed you would be, after India wins the series. good luck mate

  • johnson49 on July 18, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    I think that the Indian batsmen may struggle to play Broad's bouncer, although he needs to learn to use it as a surprise ball. Bresnan does not bowl such a good bouncer and the indians are used to playing reverse swing, his speciality, which is why I believe Broad should play.

  • khiladisher on July 18, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    @PHOENIX STEVE,AS AN ENGLISHMAN YOUR SUPPORT TO UR TEAM IS JUSTIFIED ,BUT DO NOT MOCK AT OUR LEGENDS-SACHIN,DRAVID,LAXMAN,SEHWAG,DHONI-THEY ARE WORLD CHAMPIONS AS WELL AS THE #1 TEST MATCH TEAM IN THE WORLD- WHAT HAS THE ENGLISH TEAM WON AGAINST INDIA IN THE LAST 20 YEARS THAT WILL MAKE IT A FAVORITE FOR THIS SERIES,ENGLAND HAS NOT WON A SERIES AGAINST INDIA SINCE 1996 AND LAST BEAT INDIA IN INDIA MANY DECADES BACK MY PREDICTION INDIA-3 ENGLAND-0

  • on July 18, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    @phoenixsteve

    You are right about that - you taught us and the world, the game of Cricket - and were also magnanimous enough to let every one beat you at the game you taught them! Really sweet of you!

  • on July 18, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    On paper eng are ahead bt on field ind will ahead.... Happy if ind lost the first one.....

  • player100 on July 18, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    Stuart Broad surely deservz a place in the team! And for Bresnan his selection over Finn in Frst test is meaningful!

  • Rosey86 on July 18, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    after wacthing bresnan take his chance during the final two ashes tests, and watching him in person, and congratulating him on the boundary during the sydney test, i can tell you, i would not like to face Bresnan. The guy has drive, pace, swing and a great engine. Just bowls hard all spell. An asset in any team. So much better that Broad, who was not missed at all. Anderson, Tremlett and Bresnan with swann formed an intelligent and diverse bowling attack. Oh yeah, i am Aussie too.

  • Karthic2228 on July 18, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    @phoenixsteve I think you didnt get the point wat i was mentioning...But one thing i wud say is we have our sport Hockey i agree.&.Pls dnt divert te topic... First england has to win a world cup (sprt they found) and talk abt the champions... Pls dont speak abt Sachin.. Evn though u speak we have the records to speak... But For U??? anyways nice to chat reply soon...

  • anver777 on July 18, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    Bresnan deserves a place......but Broad is very lucky to be in the test squad after his poor performances in recent matches......Finn is really unlucky to miss out !!!!!!

  • PadamHCL on July 18, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    I would give advantage to finn over Brsnan, since Indian bats man having problem with tall fast bowler like finn...........

  • likeintcricket on July 18, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    I think India's batting is more classier than Sri Lanka and It could make a difference. But it also depends on the wickets they get to play on as England batsman are technically better on seaming wickets. Fielding could be a deciding factor as in India Vs WI one drop catch of Dravid decided the series. England bowling looks better on paper and could exploit the seaming condition better than Indian's bowlers. Overall England has an edge but but both sides has so many top class players that its hard to predict. I'll be great to watch James Anderson and Co bowling to technically correct batsman of the world on green wickets.

  • maddy20 on July 18, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    @joesy2 Where does the point of "average sides" come in when the Aussies are not playing. Oh wait! Aus is below average or what ever is below that! Oz are the Poms bunnies so they are looking for something better and this series will be their answer.

  • Guernica on July 18, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    I just want the series to start and all this trash-talking to end. Let's face it, no-one knows what is going to happen but I am expecting a close series as I imagine both teams will struggle to bowl the other out on a regular basis.

  • on July 18, 2011, 9:24 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..

  • jonesy2 on July 18, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    this is going to be a terrible series between 2 pretty average cricket teams

  • Rocket_180 on July 18, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    this selection just stinks of the old England way (like the football team) there if your face fits you will get selected what ever your form and England have shown in the last 2 series we are a better team when Broad isnt in the team,

    Im not saying that Broad career should be over in the test arena, but its time Broad was sent to county cricket for an extended period to get his bowling back where he should be

    at the moment and over the last 2 test series Aus & SL Finn & Bresnann have both been better bowlers and should both been in the 12, with either be able to fill the 11th slot in the teams, but Broad just aint playing well enough to be in a 4 man attack

  • kkauravn on July 18, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    dont worry india win....according to me this is big series for all cricket lovers...result will be whatever...we want to see excillent and gentlemen cricket...top two teams will meet with eachother...so best of luck to both teams...

    there is comptetion between trott vs the wall, strauss vs gauti, bell vs vvs laxman....zaheer vs anderson, tremlett vs ishant...swann vs harbi..

    just wait for july 21...

  • on July 18, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    I'm amazed by some of the decisions of the Test Selectors - the omission of Finn only displays the lack of continuity of Strauss and his selectors - Finn is by far a better bowler than Bresan & Broad the record shows this and so it seems that that great man Michael Holden is in agreement - that's why we loose Test Matches because there is it seems an 'old boy network' or 'pecking order' - Broad should be dropped - Bresan I reserve the right to comment on later - but Finn should be playing - how will he gain experience if he is only selected when one of the 'favoutite four' are struct down - like evrething in this world - we pay for it - and others decide what we should have - cricket is a game of 'politics' not sport.

    A disillusioned cricket fan

  • YorkshirePudding on July 18, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    I think most true cricket fans recognise SRT as being one of the greatest batsman cricket has seen, most of us love watching him bat, and I'm hoping that he goes on to record a Ton at Lords as I believe he has yet to do that. I'm just looking forward to some good cricket on both sides. England are vastly improved since Indias last visit with a stable bowling and Batting unit, India have a few injury issues and concerns, however my heart has England to win 2-1, my head says India will win 2-1,

  • on July 18, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    this ENG and AUS has never become the No.1 team even though Cricket is their game; ENG has not produce single player who has scored more than 10,000 runs or taken more than 500 Wkts......every ENG peoples get jealous of the POWER of CRICKET is in the hands of ASIAN country.....where the money in cricket is flow....

  • on July 18, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    England left Out Steven Finn!Its a good news for Indians!! But i would say bad decision by the English selectors and management.. Indians are always worried about short balls and this lanky lad would have a true weapon for the captain Andrew Strauss..

  • on July 18, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    Can't think why you'd keep Broad in at the expense of Finn? Finn is a far better bowler. Broad is obvioulsy still the golden boy and Mr Broad Snr is still throwing his weight around in ECB HQ.

  • powerplayovers on July 18, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    I would like to see England win however the Indians managed to win last time they toured England, its a game of surprises anything can truly happen. I remember Rahul Dravid's side hanging on for a draw at Lord's but after that test they played some good cricket and went on to win the series 1 nil. So who knows this time? India should start as favorites no doubt about that, But England have some good Cricketers themselves. Happy to see Straussy getting some runs hope it carries through the Tests. Hope the weather behaves!

  • on July 18, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    all the best india and the little master,i dont care abt the past record of how india play in 1st match of series in abroad,but i m sure india will win the series in england,grame swann has now become no. 1 spin bowler in test but indian r masters of playing spin bowling they dont care of swann they will treat grame as "swan duck" and play with him.

  • on July 18, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    I am Shocked Why Steven Finn Is Out Of 12. He can Create lot of trouble with his Pace and Bounce.Indian Batsman always troubled against bounce.its better option if they keep finn in the squad instead of rusty Broad. In Battin Davies Should Offer a Chance because he looks quite stable and his temprament is the main strength. But Overall Englishmen Squads looks quite flexible

  • Suresh_Sundar on July 18, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    Dear dayantrio, I don't know who you are to comment on Sachin's caliber. This is really funny. Even Bradman accepted the talent of SRT!!! So does the rest of the world.!! By the way, when we are talking of a series, you are talking about one individual (What made you to do so? His talent right?). Everyone knows what he can do, did and will do. Lets get on to the discussion about the series than about SRT. You or me shouldn't even pronounce his name.

    This series will be a tough one for INDIA, that's for sure. But it's not the old 90's team to struggle when they come out of Indian conditions. This spritted and talented team can beat any team in the world on their soil. And as most of the people said, they are very slow starters! No wonder if India loose the 1st Test so badly, but ENG will do a lot of home work afterwards to control this Indian team.

    Lets sit back and enjoy this tight contest.!

  • Sandeep_Tajane on July 18, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    I don't understand why everyone is behind Sachin.Let him play his natural game guys.Tough he scores century at lords or not he will be still the best batsman in world cricket.& about the facts that when he score century India looses is just myth(even records can tell you that).. but people have bad habit to make such comments & lower down the moral & spirit of game.Let the two good sides compete & let the game decides who should win.And as far as Sachin's comparison with Great Sr. Don, who are we to do it when the maestro himself find Sachin as his play alike.....

    so leave this all behind.. & let the game began.......

  • Andy_Cricket on July 18, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    @dayantrio, I do not like to do this on a public platform but Sir, you are a sore looser. Look at what you wrote here... India are world champs bcuz SL gave away... guess what...England was not even in the finals bcuz SL didn't give away.. I think England didnt even manage a single wicket...you have gotta be kidding me... . As far as Sachin being a match to Sir Don, not sure if anyone is looking for your approval after Sir Don approved himself..... And please let me know if you are aware of an existence of any other player with more number of tons in either format of cricket... will ya? ... Someone also wrote that if you get SRT,VVS and Dravid out.. India will be in trouble.. Do I need to comment on that?? Get over it ... India is the world champ (2 time ODI, 1 T20).. .. #1 in Test... many other trophies to show as well... Last T20 was probably the first of the ICC trophy won by Brits. Get ready for storm guys... It is forecasted on 21st July at Lords.

  • on July 18, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    @dayantrio---your comments not making any sense..... If Sachin Scores a century in Lords, India will lose the game...

    India is world champs only because SL gave away the game cheaply after sachin got out...

    if u think sachin isnt a gr8 batsmen ,then why u bother abt him in that world cup fianl match...

  • prannsshu on July 18, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    where is ravi bopara???? can anyone tell me why he has been ignored completely ??? after flintoff and collengwood he is d one who can fill their shoes??? its rubbish to go wid morgan in place of bopara.......

  • Fast_Track_Bully on July 18, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    @dayantrio you have that much fear about Sachin!!! ha ha ha it is clear form you comments...dude, Sachin score 100 or not India going to thrash England...your hyped bowlers will be out of the park. Dravid, Gambhir, VVS, Raina are waiting for them...lets see

  • TheTraveller on July 18, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    Well!

    Cricket fans all over the world will see competitive cricket after world cup. I personally feel it will be 2-0 in favor of India. Indian team has good Batting line up. Actually both team have good batting line up. I go for two draws due to strong batting line up. Spin & toss will play a vital role in this TEST series.

    I wish Sachin score his 100th Test hundred at LORD's.

  • phoenixsteve on July 18, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    @bala223,,,,,I'm glad YOU refer to the Indian old men as "chickens"... quite apt! Legengs? What legends..... legends in your own mind maybe..... India are a poor side and ripe for scaling, Somerset have exposed this over-rated side and England should bury them. Still you've always got hockey (another game we taught you).... COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • Pankaj_INDIA on July 18, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    loving this battle off the field :).. gonna keep myself free for all the four tests. going to be hell of a close series. i just wish rain to stay away.. would have been nice if it was 5 test series, nevertheless, 4 tests are mouth watering. looking forward to with great hopes. i hope cricket trumps above all. and one li'l request to all: please try to be gentlemen here while commenting, we don't want to ruin the relations between the two teams. whatever criticism/opinion everyone has, just be little soft on using words. don't want sour relations. cricket is already getting tarnished, more due to fans' behaviour rather than the cricketers themselves. LONG LIVE TEST CRICKET!!!

  • Trioboy on July 18, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    If Sachin Scores a century in Lords, India will lose the game. Sachin will never be a match to Great Don Bradman. Sachin is yet to score a triple century in Tests. India is world champs only because SL gave away the game cheaply after sachin got out. England got the best pace attack in the world at the moment and Best spinner in the world. So overrated Indians watch out.

  • Andy_Cricket on July 18, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    The series is going to be a competitive one.. both on the field and on the blogs as well.. :) India must be facing tough questions after the somerset fiasco but we are not world champs for no reason.. nothing more need to be said about India's capability... Time has been and yet again... will tell English sure have the balanced side, in form Cook n Trott can manage big scores... having broad in may give that little extra... but one question of my own.... Whats up with the batting line up for England? Only ONE English batsman? Is that all they can manage from the lot... pity, isn't it?

  • deepu1469 on July 18, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    India never performed well in their first test march of any series in foreign condition . recent SA srilanka and aus tours are some example albeit we won first match against poor WI... lets consider this warmup as first match .. we hope our guns will prove their potential frm now on.. dravid,lax and zahir will seal this for us for sure...keeping fingers crossed

  • on July 18, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    gents, save the trash talk for lords...till then enjoy the build up and hype..& those who think Indians can't play swing..neither can English..remember Headingley?

  • mak102480 on July 18, 2011, 5:13 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.

  • johnathonjosephs on July 18, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    Would like to see England go for the extra agression. Drop one batsman (all their batsman are in top form) and add in Finn or another pace bowler. India's pace attack is a joke (maybe Ishant can do something?), and the only thing between England and a win is to bowl India out. With a 4-1 attack, England has better chances

  • johnathonjosephs on July 18, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    First of all guys, the only reason why India rose to the top was because of two factors. One, they played way too frequently at home. Second, they have the geniuses of their veterans (Dravid, SRT, Laxman, ocassionally Sehwag). In England, they do not have a home advantage, but they still have their veterans. Those players (Dravid, Laxman, SRT) are the key players in this series. Get them out and England have the game. The proof for this is from the West Indies tour. India would not have made 150 in each test (except the last flat track test) if not for Dravid or Laxman (or Raina for that matter)

  • on July 18, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    India has always been known for slow starts in a series (even home ones), it takes them a bit of time to get of the blocks .... but once they are out they can smash down any team in their backyard ... South Africa last year, Australia in Perth and then last time India came to England; the list goes on. So, if India can keep themselves from the early jitters, England will find it tough to get even 1 victory. Sehwag's absence from the first two tests is a setback, but India should not make too big a deal about it. Chak De India ...

  • CricSamraat on July 18, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    Let's see what India will do. Indians have to focus to face guile and fury of England attack. English are waiting to maul India. Indians need to stand tall in face of oncoming English onslaught. England has size, muscle, strong motivation, and highly tailored wickets to launch into relentless fury. Indians stalwarts need to blunt down English onslaught and then launch into vicious counterattack once initial English fury is tamed.

  • MeeraKrishna on July 18, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    English side looks more settled ... but the only problem that they have is their poor bowling performance under clear skies as bowling is the key for the series..As for as batting is concerned, India has so many proven player and English have somany inform..key is going to be the 1st test as we Indian are slow starters...if Eng doesnt capitalise then its going to be really tough to get a result out of the next 3 tests...

  • on July 18, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    If you see Indian team hasnt been talking much which is good...all the blabbering is been done by the English. Hope they are made to eat their words :P

  • itsankush on July 18, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    @ dayantrio...your comments are pathetic...it was just a first tour game and many sides struggle to come to the conditions in the first game...Bring on Lords and we will tell you how the world champs play. And about "God", none of your English batsman is half as good as him...Go India Go....

  • on July 18, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    Indian supporter here i really find it hard to see India taking 20 wickets to win a match here I hope for the best and i just hope dravid n laxman save india n raina i feel is an under dog who might just shine n produce something worth watching mukund's technique makes me feel he will have a good series

    cant say anything good about the indian bowlers except that zaheer has experience in England and Ishant has shown class

    whereas England is a totally balance side they have 11 good players and that's y i feel its almost impossible to beat them now...but their main problem is there hasnt been a consistent match winner...so if none fires India may have a chance

    PS: (my cricketing heart wants to see a SACHIN 100 at Lord's) :) :)

  • on July 18, 2011, 3:10 GMT

    you guys don't get it, an average indian has nothing to boast about other than his or her cricket team, this is the reason why you see the indians here thinking their team si the best and other teams are just there to make up the numbers. I loved india growing up, but now they have started acting like goons on and off the field with the bcci literally controlling the game. India has 1.2 billion people, and cricket is the only sport, heck they should be number 1 every time, but fact is their number 1 ranking is still questioned because they don't win series comprehensively. The Aussies used to rattle the oppositions, beat teams comprehensively and india. Per capita basis, india doesn't have any more cricketing talent. Look at new zealand, 3 million people but they give every opposition team a run for their money. I am an indian but i dont like india being the big bully in world cricket these days, especially off the field.

  • on July 18, 2011, 3:10 GMT

    Rooting for the Indian Batting Guns to fire. I just hope MSD wins the toss and invites ENG to bat first. I am sure India will fair better chance batting in the 2nd Innings.

  • InMyBl00d on July 18, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    Eng fans screamed about a clean sweep 4 years old but they faced a humiliating series loss.

    They won the ashes against one of the weakest aussies team in years however they couldnt quite convincingly beat SL at home, barring the fluke win in first test.

    So settle down poms and let time tell the story.

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

    Why these English supporters are boasting on a team which was unable to beat India in a series for 15 long years..India beat them in England in the last outing...Cant they even think of reversing that....even in their dreams!!!. Swann??? We saw his abilities in the world cup. Broad- An Indian bowler has never been hit for six sixes in an over..great bowler indeed. Only decent guys are jimmy and Tremlet....We are no 1 for a reason...no team has gifted us victories...and regarding winning in India- Poms can only win in seaming conditions and never in spinning....At least we won a series in your backyard and are going to repeat the same...

  • Karthic2228 on July 18, 2011, 2:20 GMT

    @phoenixsteve you ppl cant count count the chicks b4 they hatch... ya england have good side...but dnt try to underestimte indians .. still our side is quite and dangerous... Not lyk Strauss blowing the trumpet Tremlett is dangerous.. The man to be watch out is Cook real match winner... So Phoneixsteve dnt try to talk abt the legends witout knowing them

  • thebarmyarmy on July 18, 2011, 1:19 GMT

    Theres more arrogance here from the Indian fans than was from the Aussie fans a few years back. India are a team of old men. The only way is down from here ;)

  • Trioboy on July 18, 2011, 1:14 GMT

    India managed to draw the practice match against below average sumerset. "World champions in India" can't handle little bit of swing action. Bring on the Lords Test, we would love to see Indian batting line up crumble to the New ball swing. English Pace attack might be too fast for the Indian "GOD". Indians better pray for the rain gods. Cook and Trott will easily bag- in more and more Tons to their tally.   Go England!!!

  • on July 18, 2011, 0:57 GMT

    A very good test series is what I m expecting. absence of sehwag has bought equilibrium bet. both the sides. If indian bowlers can do thier job which i m sure they will do india will rock. expecting 2-0 in favour of india

  • dsig3 on July 17, 2011, 23:36 GMT

    Wow thats a big call. Broad will be feeling the pressure now. Finn is a unique bowler. Go England, smash those Indians for your Aussie brothers!

  • on July 17, 2011, 23:15 GMT

    Practice matches don't mean anything - true...its only to get used to the conditions plus the intensity of a test match is obviously lacking. India are poor starters in seaming conditions but get better as they play more. If we can draw the first game we can get kicked on from there like in 2007 :). Zak is the key and Ishant with his bounce and PK with his moment can be equally dangerous.

    Should be for an exciting series though :). A 2-1 result to either team will be awesome for test cricket :D

  • on July 17, 2011, 23:11 GMT

    @Adrian Dominy - Braod better than Indian bowlers in last 20 years....well do you remember any Indian bowler getting smashed for 6 sixes in an international match. Hahahah :P

    Its only because of his genes he in the team else he would have been kicked out after the thrashing at the hands of Yuvi ;). He is saved this time with Sehwag not there at top of the order.

  • ashok16 on July 17, 2011, 22:55 GMT

    India's batting will start slowly. England's best chance is to stun India and wrap up the first test before India realizes what has happened. Play 5 proper bowlers (4 fast + 1 spin) and relentlessly go after Laxman/Dravid and the new opener Mukund. England's best chance is to attack relentlessly and create confusion over the selection of the Indian lineup for the 2nd test. Come the 2nd/3rd tests Dravid and Laxman are going to settle into the top class grinders that they are.

  • on July 17, 2011, 22:33 GMT

    Even though Broad is in terrible form right now and I fear that he may be hit around the park if he bowls to short, Finn is just far too expensive. Granted, he gets wickets and is a great strike bowler, but his economy is just too high at the moment and when you are facing an Indian side who relish T20 competition, you know that economy rates will be pretty high anyway. I think Broad deserves the first couple of tests to prove himself. If he does not prove himself even in his own country then he needs a break. Good decision not to give up on him though. COME ON ENGLAND!

  • on July 17, 2011, 22:06 GMT

    @laxman 219 when you say 'legends' I presume you mean Sachin. Unless you mean it in the way of 'something that happened a long time ago', in which case you could mean Dravid also, Check out Sehwags average in S-africa, England and New Zealand, also his strike rate where the new ball swings.. Gambhir is very good, so is VVS. But England have 7 very good batsmen as well, but I wouldnt yet say they were 'legends'. Dhoni in tests is good, but not that good, and Raina may yet turn out to be very useful, if the Somerset game is anything to go by. So all batting averaging out about equal, who has the better bowling attack? This is of course all on paper, could all change when the series starts!

  • phoenixsteve on July 17, 2011, 21:40 GMT

    @sachinVVSfan.... good on you for not over-reacting to my earlier rather tongue in cheek comments! Maybe all Indian supporters are not dillusional after all.... Seriously though, this is going to be a tough series and if India manage to win a game I'll be surprised. Sure they've got a useful batting lineup but to what extent they are flat tack bullies (afraid of impartial UDRS umpiring) remains to be seen? It's a series for England to lose - rather than India win and if KP and the other batters don't produce runs it could be close..... I'm fully expecting an England series win and for Tendulkar to announce his retirement after 8 failures...... COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • kalyankk1985 on July 17, 2011, 21:17 GMT

    @bobmartin and all england supporters : I would have been worried if Indian team won the practice matches - Current Indian team has always been slow starters .. They want to give the opposition team a sense of calm then overwhelm them with their strengths - Its been a trend for some time now .. It you being england supporter take too much from so called somerset win over indians in practice match, you are ready for a wake up call .. India has a strategy and if u fall for it, u will be the one who will have to face the defeat .. and franky to say, I am not worried at all even after that useless WI debacle and useless practice match - practice matches are meant to be played to adjust to the conditions - its purpose is not to win - otherwise there would be no conditions like you can bat only for 100 overs ... :P

  • laxman.anishetty on July 17, 2011, 21:04 GMT

    England team is over hyped abt tremlet ,anderson .India batting legends have faced far superior bowlers than this bachas.

  • kalyankk1985 on July 17, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    @ Adrian Dominy : You think England will challenge India? If you dont think Sehwag is 'legend', who else will you say is legend - kevin peterson? strauss? cook? The whole england team is not upto 50% of what sehwag can be .. He has turned many matches on its head around - do you remember india chasing 385 against england in 4th innings? Do you need another bite of it? You would be getting it for sure .. just keep watching the series .. And you think Broad is the best bowler compared to any from India for last 20 years? I guess you need to refresh your memory dude - have you forgotten Yuvraj's assault on Broad? He is just an average bowler and all england bowling line up is average - They are just paper tigers and know how to bowl only in england - with helpful bowling conditions - dont you remember the world cup in India - how the bowlers very so mediocre - Indian bowlers are infact to say much better because they adapt to all conditions .. watch out for 2-0 Indian win ..

  • Lallubhai on July 17, 2011, 20:06 GMT

    My 2 favourite cricket teams in the world , good luck India & England .

  • on July 17, 2011, 20:04 GMT

    Finn could trouble Indian batsmen with his height and pace, Bresnan is not going to scared the Indian batsmen and Broad is in awful form. Cowardly decision not picking him

  • on July 17, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    Sehwag v's Anderson in the last 2 if it happens will be very interesting. Lets see if the 'legend' can move his feet when the tracks a bit juicy :P Should be a great series, if Zaheer doesn't come to the party, I predict India will lose, as the rest of their seam bowling is very average. Harbajhan and Swann will have something to prove between themselves too. Bring it on India! Broad, despite a lot of derogatory comments here, is better then any Indian seamer in 20 years, by the way ;) And he's not even an automatic pick!

  • on July 17, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    Why don't England just say to their players : you are a test quality cricketer but if you don't perform for a number of matches you won't be picked, but you can earn your way back into the team. They do seem so frightened of offending the players. Dropping players is actually good for them, look at Strauss, Bell etc.

    It's not the Indian batting that is the concern, only their bowling. So England need to win the toss each time..

  • gullyguys on July 17, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    This Team looks really intmidating. We need to get 20 wickets to win the game. This england bowling lineup is tremendous talent and will get our 20 in every game of the series. Will our guys payback and make an effort to match-up what our batsemen should do. This is going to be one hell of a series. Better that Aus-India in the context of current team stregth os the aussies.

    Good luck to my country team.. TEAM INDIA.. but the cricket will be fun to watch in those lush green bacdrops.....Can't wait...

  • bobmartin on July 17, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    Two points... Firstly, if practice matches don't mean anything, why play them.. However, more importantly the Indian attack got savaged by a county side lacking Trescothick and Kieswetter... and their batting (Raina aside) didn't fare very well against what is after all a fairly average county attack on a batting friendly Taunton track. After that and the WI debacle, if I was an Indian supporter, I'd be very worried indeed.

  • on July 17, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    @ Shayla: WI have done a good job over the yrs Kalli/ Dennis; Roy/Dennis; Viv/ any u name; Gayle/ Brett & any u can name & the list goes on.. For u Sunil was good. Oh yes, how could I forget Brian/ any u name. Glen wasn't that fast. End of debate for me.

  • on July 17, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    in all honesty England can be the strongest team in the world right now, however, they miss one important thing, i.e., a true allrounder.

  • on July 17, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    England has the most well-balanced test team in the world right now

  • jonathan5621 on July 17, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    sachin vs warne is a contest if u guys think its gonna be sachin vs swann hahahahaa its a shame to sachin as well as warne pls dont do this guys swann is just another spinner in a OVERRATED english team

  • girdoc1 on July 17, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    no doubt INDIA will be the winners in the series. Would be good cricket. I expect India to win 3-0. C'mon.........

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 17, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    @phoenixsteve i am not sure people can read anything in this practice match. Look at the way gautam gambir played in first innings He was playing it like T20 and gave away his wicket (his strike rate suggests that). "Maybe the times coming to go back to just the 3 tests against India" Too early to say this. Lets wait till the end of the series.

  • on July 17, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    bROAD - Overrated bowler in the overrated Eng team... The new t20 captain always keeps his place in the team because of his sur name... As usual Eng will start the series as favorites in home condition but will definitely end up on loosing side (Repeat of previous Ind series @ England)...... Ind 2-0 r may b 3-0 if weather permits....

  • on July 17, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    It's a big loss to India without Sehwag.We saw the glimpses of India without Sehwag in west-indies tour.The series which we were supposed to win 3-0 was won 1-0 with total lack of aggression.India without Sachin and Sehwag cannot be no.1 in any era.

  • on July 17, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    If after their complete lack of preparation, should India avoid defeat at Lords, they will gain confidence & go on to win the series. The pressure is all on England to make their home advantage count. If they dont, then their media will soon turn on Strauss, Broad, KP etc.

  • demon_bowler on July 17, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    Finn can count himself unlucky. It was a tough call for the selectors, and only hindsight will show whether they were right or wrong.

  • on July 17, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    Test match in LORDS is all about holding on to your nerves..we all know English are very good bunch and much so at their own backyard....Indians are very formidable side..U cant guess any thing from the practice matches.... I am sure the Test is going to be a Super hit....The team that wins Lords encounter will have edge thought the tournament... Looking forward to sachin vs swann..

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

    No surprise here. Bresnan played well in the ODIs against Sri Lanka after playing a crucial role in the test series in Australia. He's also a much better bat and a better fielder than Finn. Finn will be back- he's still only 22 and leartning the game. Which of Broad or Bresnan plays probably depends on the wicket; a lively wicket will favor Broad, whereas Bresnan's ability to bowl tight and contain the batsmen for long spells will be more useful on a flat track.

  • phoenixsteve on July 17, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    Interesting selection dilemma for England and some fascinating and dillusional comments from Indian supporters! It doesn't matter too much who England play as India have just been dominated by mighty Somerset! Only the rain saved them from a sound thrashing - and that would have been in 3 days! Maybe the times coming to go back to just the 3 tests against India........ COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • Evilpengwinz on July 17, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    Stuart Broad should never be allowed near a cricket pitch ever again. I wouldn't even select him in a county side. When is Ajmal Shahzad going to get another chance? Surely a guy who can reverse swing the ball at 93-94mph is a must against the likes of Dravid and Tendulkar.

  • on July 17, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    England is quite strong and any team will find it difficult to beat them on home soil, I would have gone for a 5 or 6 test match series instead of 4. Waiting for the series to start :)

  • on July 17, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    it will be a tough game between indian and English team. no doubt England is good in test but India got fire batsmans to beat them. India do not have trustworthy pace in line up but they are good enough to take over on English bats. Sachin , Dravid , VVS Laxman are unstoppable runs machine in tests. I am very eager to see how this series will be ??????????

  • on July 17, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    Here is a poser for Godfrey Pieters: which team handles genuine pace well? West Indies made mincemeat of England when the great fast bowlers of the former were bowling. And only a few years back England were smashed to smithereens by the Australian pace attack.

  • crikkfan on July 17, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    mmuthushanu thats T20 and that too 2 T20-WCs back ! absolutely no comparison. i'll be surprised if yuvi gets to play and score a max of 36 runs in this series.

  • SenorPepper on July 17, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    It is a serious mistake to leave Finn out for Bresnan, exaggerated claims of Ashes exploits notwithstanding. Finn's brisk pace and ample bounce would give England options especially if the Indians begin to negotiate Tremlett's sharp lifters. Broad may not pick wickets as much as people would want him to, but, he is perhaps most suited to dish it back when aggressive players like Harbhajan and Raina start giving it some lip. I am very eager to see how Ishant Sharma fares in England. Everyone seems to be relieved and excited with his performance in the Caribbean. Slow outfields, players suffering from low confidence resulting in leaky defense and poor shot-selection should not necessarily become the criteria for assessing a turn in fortune- one swallow a summer does not make. Mishra...well, a couple of well placed hefty slogs will have him dishing out a cornucopia of wides, no-balls and lollipops. A spinner who over-steps should be flogged and hung.

  • indian_rockers_2015_champs on July 17, 2011, 15:51 GMT

    hi england fans only in ur dream u guys can win series against powerful indian team ..........india will win series ........................england bowling attack is very very ordinary............

  • on July 17, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    This series will be abt Engish bowlers agst Indian batters. Broad is a good choice because of his pace & aggression. I still hold the view that Indian batters don't handle genuine pace well. England r on a high after their home series win agst a very good Sri Lanka team. India left WI on a low in spite of an away series win agst a relatively weak home team. England will be hard to beat, MS or no MS; Sachin or no Sachin!

  • K.A.S.I on July 17, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    No doubt that India was number 1 in test cricket technically speaking. But Indians differ in aggression to be the BEST team when compared to Australia and west indies the times they dominated world cricket. And now when compared to India, English team is more aggressive and had very good chances of wining the series.

  • VEXXZ on July 17, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    India will struggle and find it difficult at the top of the innings without Sehwag . XEXXZ

  • rahulcricket007 on July 17, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    swann will be a weak point in the england bowling attack as the indians r the best players of spin bowling. he would not be able to pick up 10 wickets in 4 tests. however anderson as usual will shine with his swing bowling and would pick at least 20 wickets in the series.

  • rahulcricket007 on July 17, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    i dont understand why swann is so overrated. @ nutcatlet .u think swann is the best spin bowler in the world just by picking up wickets against bangladesh ,newzealand & a c grade australian team . in the world cup he was flopp not able to pick up wickets against sri lanka & being smashed by tendulkar & kevin o brien .

  • nlight on July 17, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    I like Bresnan : more than just an honest toiler. Prefer him to Broad for 1st test, any way.

  • on July 17, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    Good Team seclet by the secletors but India have a Fire power to beat England its gonna 1-3 series win for India. Come on inda and Sachin then Yuvi

  • on July 17, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    Indian batmen need to be circumspective in English condition. Lords after so much rain this wekk will be different ballgame. Hope Sachin, Dravid & Lakhsman give a good foundation. Dhoni is one of the best captain but I don't give too much to his batting in English conditions. Hopefully will be able to see some good Indian batting on Saturday / Sunday when I am there.

  • tjsimonsen on July 17, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    @Partha Goswami: Don't forget that it's the bowlers that win matches in real (AKA First Class) Cricket.

  • Rezaul on July 17, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    Its going to be a tight series as I believe. India has batting power house (though they failed in somerset match) and Eng has bowling guns ready. However, England might just feel ahead as Indian bowlers might struggle. I predict its a 2-1 in Englandś favour!

  • LSmith on July 17, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    India need to quickly find 2 good batsmen, as dravid/tendulkar may not be able play against sideway movement, and better bowlers than WI/NZ...as old age makes it hard to spot the ball early to counter....

  • on July 17, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    people do not worry india is gonna win because of MS DHONI best captain ever in the world at the moment and will be a legend. DO not worry other 10 player coz MS is the man.

  • LEOFURQAN86 on July 17, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    England Should Win this series and come on Top in ICC Ranking and I think so England will be Win this series in home grounds against India bcoz England team is very danger in home conditions

  • on July 17, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    @english : you have only two chances left to win. as sehwag returns to playing X1 you will find your bowlers to search for proper length as sehwag is the best player of good length. watch out for him.

  • on July 17, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    great side.... great battle ahead...... indian batters vs english bowler...... wanna see sachin gettin his 100th ton in lords against such a powerful bowlin team

  • mmuthushanu on July 17, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    If England going to add broad, that is a good news for Yuvaraj and india...for sure that will increase the confidence of indian players such as like yuvaraj sigh.. intresting to watch .6-6-6-6-6-6 again !

  • on July 17, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    swann and bresnan r the key bowlers as indian batsman play well against jimmy and broad. In batting cook, trott and morgan r there. Looks tough to beat this side.....swann and bresnan r the key bowlers as indian batsman play well against jimmy and broad. In batting cook, trott and morgan r there. Looks tough to beat this side.....

  • VEXXZ on July 17, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    India will struggle at the to now that Sewag is not there . VEXXZ.

  • nadu_1975 on July 17, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    steven finn and tremlett should have been paired against the Indians. both have height, pace while the conditions will help swing the ball. the Eng selectors have missed the bus.

  • on July 17, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    India will clinch the series 4-0 courtesy Sachin The God and Rahul The wall

  • vulpecula on July 17, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    Bresnan for Finn ! - I'm absolutely flabergasted

  • asho777 on July 17, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    England team looks good on paper.It will be nice contest .Hope Sachin will make his 100th 100!

  • Herath-UK on July 17, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    So much in their favour ,Indians won't have any excuses if they fail Ranil Herath - Kent

  • RednWhiteArmy on July 17, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    Although there is only 4 games i believe England will win 5 - 0

  • jonathan5621 on July 17, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    England always been a overrated side and they still continue to be each and every tournament they enter they somehow start as favorites which is really funny.I'm not sayin this is a bad side but still its very overrated.It took them about 15o yrs to win a major title that too in T20 cricket and Ashes use to be a joke till the last two editions lets see how they fare here

  • deepakjm on July 17, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    English team looks very good and as an Indian team I am bit worried about English attach but what gives me hope is that these same batsman batted against Morkel and Steyn in South Africa on some of the toughest Pitches so there is no reason why they can't handle this attack.

  • Nutcutlet on July 17, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    Great! Bresnan's back, as anticipated. I hope that he plays and not Broad, because the triumphant combination of Anderson, Tremlett, Bresnan and Swann saw off the Aussies at the MCG & the SCG and it's only fair that the Indians test themselves against the best! Moreover, Bresnan is less likely (far less likely) to lose it if the score starts to mount and the wickets aren't coming. In the end, it comes down to temperament as much as ability - and that is the question-mark over Broad. For the first test in a campaign, England don't need one of his hot-headed sessions; it's a risk not worth taking.

  • on July 17, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    Absurd that Broad retains his place in the squad. Finn can consider himself extremely unfortunate. He must wonder what he has to do to get selected. Broad is the most obnoxious England cricketer for a generation. That said, I fancy England to take the series 2-1 or 2-0 so we could have a new no.1 come 22nd August.

  • rahulcricket007 on July 17, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    the result of the first test will affect the series surely . if england win test at lords then i would say that england will win the series by 2-1. if india manage to draw the first test . then my english friends i m seriouly telling that india is going to win this by 2-1. because sehwag would return for the series in the last two matches.

  • on July 17, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    This s really achallenging task 4 Indian batsman as they take on some of the worlds top class bowleres

  • on July 17, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    Generally the team selected is as expected, a rather 'settled' group, that has been playing together for some time. Expect this team to do well.

  • rahulcricket007 on July 17, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    this will add more spice to the series

  • RogerC on July 17, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    Good luck with this team. Sachin's 100th 100 at Lords is destiny.

  • Sukkrivaa on July 17, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    Is finn a good bowler in the first place

  • chandau on July 17, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    in england cricket setup the nod of the captain is verymuch a necessity. remember giles who played golf with vaughn and played test cricket lol:) i m sure youvraj is waiting to have another go at broad, who got 2 lucky wickets in the sri lanka series. the media and all around blew the guy up to be the next freddie or beefy lol lol lol and he is more of a alex tudor - useful with bat and ball but excells with neither! glad to see the auzzy setup has given up trying to replace warny and pidge :)

  • on July 17, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    go india best of luck. i think india will thrash englishmen.

  • RakeshRawat on July 17, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    When i heard the news that Sehwag will not be able to play in the first test match, I sold my ticket of 1st . Hope he makes it to 2nd test match.

  • rahulcricket007 on July 17, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    i m an indian. i m a new member but i m reading the comments on this site regularly. i saw that english fans saying england willwn by 4-0 & indian fans saying india will win by 4-0. either of the case will not happen as they both r good sides in test cricket . it is going to be a tough & closely fought series . i predict a result of 1-1 draw or england winning the series by 2-1 as we r sreiously missing our destructive opener sehwag .so lets enjoy this series .

  • Herath-UK on July 17, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    England should start as favourites though the Indians do not have one tenth of the problem that faced Sri Lanka ; Lankans coming in drib and drabs without proper training,hotly from IPL, and dismal weather favouring Anderson and co immensely.Much depends on the indian seniors as were the case with Sanga and Mahela though the difference here is Dravid,Dhoni,Laxman,Raina etc had pretty good traing in Tests playing in WI and so should score runs in plenty. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • on July 17, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    kashish kumawat no doubt in that.......England r expecting a lot....It will be a great match Sri lankan fan s r jealous of INDIAN Team Bcoz they lost in ODI and TEST so they want Indian to do the same......... Hope not to happen All The Best India...

  • johnson49 on July 17, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    Broad should definitely play at Lord's, he averages 54.4 there with the bat with one hundred and two fifties. His bowling average there, however, is 41.1 with a best of 3-64. England should play Broad as a specialist batsman there.

  • on July 17, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    Steve Finn not selected is a disaster...this guy pics wickets !!..lhow could they ignore him!!

  • allblue on July 17, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    Selector is one of those thankless jobs that gets no praise when things go well, but gets criticised when things go wrong. Those of us that remember the pick-a-name-out-of-a-hat selection policy of the 80s and 90s can appreciate what a great job Geoff Miller and his team are doing these days. They understand the central importance of continuity, and that picking a team is a bit more complex than just picking your 11 form players. I'm a big fan of Steve Finn, but England's current strategy is to 'bowl dry' i.e. keep tight lines and force an error from the batsmen, and Steve is still dropping too many 4-balls in to force his way in. But he's only 22, and is still noticeably improving so he has a big England future in front of him. Personally I'd pick Bresnan for the XI because he offers a bit more variety to the attack, but I suspect they'll go with Broad for continuity, but he'll need a strong performance here to keep his place I reckon.

  • KewalXI on July 17, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    Bring on all will not affect No.1 Team in the world full of Super Stars and world class players of the game called Cricket

  • on July 17, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    Does it matter...who is included...who missed out...India will be miles ahead on the job

  • mahen5 on July 17, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    The Best availabe England 12 man team against India . Master stroke would be to make sit out Eoin Morgan as 12th man.With 5 bowlers- 4 seaers and 1 spinner, England would be best equippd to skittle ut India twice -much needed to win a test match.

  • on July 17, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    This is the best ENGLAND test squad I have ever seen in recent years and they deserve to win each and every game they play. It doesn't matter where and against whom they play. I just wish they all are fully fit and give the best challenge to the world champions....!!!

  • on July 17, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    The team is generally as expected; quite a "settled" team. Don't think it was a difficult decision by the selectors.

  • on July 17, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    I hope for Poms sake that Broad proves me incorrect, but I suppose Indians would not be quaking in their boots to hear that Broad is in the team. It means release of pressure from one end, plus having a character in the opposition teams who can be easily irritated.

  • on July 17, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    With return of Tim Bresnan it has got more interesting and very challenging for the Indian batting line up. I would love to see Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni, Mukunk play against some quality bowling from the likes of Jami, Tim, Swani, Trim, and Staurt Board...

  • RAVI_BOPARA on July 17, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    THIS WAS MORE OR LESS COMING... FINN CAN TAKE WICKETS BUT CAN GET HIT AROUND IN TESTS, BUT THE SELECTORS & STAUSS LIKE BRESNAN AND BROAD. SO IT WAS OBVIOUS THESE 2 WERE GOING TO BE INCLUDED IN THE ENGLAND TEST SQUAD..

  • bobmartin on July 17, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    Gosh... that selection meeting must have taken all of 10 minutes.. To even think for a moment that Broad would not make the squad is as preposterous as suggesting they would leave out Pietersen. The England selectors have this blind faith in the maxim that potential to return to form outweighs actual form..So no suprises there.

  • majesticpraga on July 17, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    ALL THE BEST ENGLAND!!!

  • 5wombats on July 17, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    Lords has been pretty flat for years and most visiting teams have batted well there, except Australia of course, so I would imagine that Bresnan will get the nod. I have tickets and I can't wait!

  • on July 17, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    bresnan should be 12th man...

  • on July 17, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    Go Bresnan!!! But i don't know how far keeping Broad is gonna work out....oh well!!

  • stationmaster on July 17, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    How has Broad held hid place ? I presume he'll be moving further down the order as his batting is atrocious. I agree with the Bresnan selection but Finn is the fastest to 50 wickets taker since Ian Botham !!! How is Broad better than that ?

  • Faiz44 on July 17, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    My team for first test strauss,cook.trott,k.p,bell.prior.bresnenn,broad,swann,anderson,tremlett because lord is flat track so we need an extra bowler our batsman is in top form.so we just need six batsman against the poor indian bowling.My team for first test strauss,cook.trott,k.p,bell.prior.bresnenn,broad,swann,anderson,tremlett because lord is flat track so we need an extra bowler our batsman is in top form.so we just need six batsman against the poor indian bowling.

  • on July 17, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    so england is ready to lose!!! xD

  • jbenja on July 17, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    Wot stupidity.. Steve Finn had performed far better than this over reated guy Broad, but still he is dropped. May be Broad has people up there for him and Steve doesnt. Hope they dont kill off the talent that FInn has.

  • on July 17, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    I think its good decision by selectors.

  • on July 17, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    good pick by eng Bresnan can bat also

  • 5string on July 17, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    Broad adds a bit of GRRR to the team - England needs that. Really looking forward to this series. Some fantastic players on both sides - Tendulkar vs Swann... bring it on!!

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  • 5string on July 17, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    Broad adds a bit of GRRR to the team - England needs that. Really looking forward to this series. Some fantastic players on both sides - Tendulkar vs Swann... bring it on!!

  • on July 17, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    good pick by eng Bresnan can bat also

  • on July 17, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    I think its good decision by selectors.

  • jbenja on July 17, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    Wot stupidity.. Steve Finn had performed far better than this over reated guy Broad, but still he is dropped. May be Broad has people up there for him and Steve doesnt. Hope they dont kill off the talent that FInn has.

  • on July 17, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    so england is ready to lose!!! xD

  • Faiz44 on July 17, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    My team for first test strauss,cook.trott,k.p,bell.prior.bresnenn,broad,swann,anderson,tremlett because lord is flat track so we need an extra bowler our batsman is in top form.so we just need six batsman against the poor indian bowling.My team for first test strauss,cook.trott,k.p,bell.prior.bresnenn,broad,swann,anderson,tremlett because lord is flat track so we need an extra bowler our batsman is in top form.so we just need six batsman against the poor indian bowling.

  • stationmaster on July 17, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    How has Broad held hid place ? I presume he'll be moving further down the order as his batting is atrocious. I agree with the Bresnan selection but Finn is the fastest to 50 wickets taker since Ian Botham !!! How is Broad better than that ?

  • on July 17, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    Go Bresnan!!! But i don't know how far keeping Broad is gonna work out....oh well!!

  • on July 17, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    bresnan should be 12th man...

  • 5wombats on July 17, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    Lords has been pretty flat for years and most visiting teams have batted well there, except Australia of course, so I would imagine that Bresnan will get the nod. I have tickets and I can't wait!