Derbyshire v Indians, Derby, 1st day July 1, 2014

Mild pace concerns for India on low-key day

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Derbyshire 326 for 5 (Durston 95, Godleman 67*, Jadeja 2-27) v Indians
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Mohammed Shami didn't bowl, Ishant Sharma bowled no-balls, and three batsmen who have not been finding a place in the Derbyshire first XI - one who is yet to make his first-class debut - scored fifties on the first day of India's second and last tour game before the Test series begins.

Shami sat out on the first day with a mild strain to his left calf. Ishant officially overstepped nine times in 12 overs, but there were quite a few deliveries that might have been reviewed if they had taken a wicket in a Test. Wes Durston scored a 90-ball 95 to liven up an otherwise dull day, Harvey Hosein improved massively on his previous best of 16 in 10 matches for Derbyshire 2nd XI with a stroke-filled unbeaten 53 off 89 balls, and the left-hand pair of Ben Slater and Billy Godleman chipped in with patient half-centuries to take Derbyshire to 326 for 5 at stumps. In two bowling days in their warm-up games, the Indians have conceded 675 for 10 wickets in 152 overs.

India do not take these three-day games overly seriously, but they will have mild concerns around their likely first-choice Test seam attack. Shami might just be the biggest. He has been receiving special attention from the medical staff since Monday. The rest of the quicks were given an intensive workout on Monday, but he stayed away to be tended to by physio Evan Speechly and trainer Sudharshan MV. The official word from the team is that the strain is mild, and he should be available to bowl in the second innings.

The intensity with which the Indians played would have meant no second innings, but the teams seem to have agreed on batting only 90 overs in their first innings, and 45 each on the final day. Indications remained that Ishant will be used as a first-change bowler in the Tests; the new ball in Shami's absence was taken by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Pankaj Singh. Bhuvneshwar, likely to open the bowling at Trent Bridge, failed to consistently pitch it up to extract his trademark movement either way.

Ishant's no-balls must be a bigger cause for worry. He kept adding regularly to the seven he had bowled in Leicester last week. Perhaps more worrying was umpire George Sharp's reluctance to lift his right arm. You could see, sitting square on in the press box, that Ishant flirted with the crease much more often, and got away with a few tight ones. This will only do him harm. Until he is called on these indiscretions, he will keep thinking he is all right, until one wicket-taking delivery in a Test is sent upstairs to take away the strike.

When he did not overstep, Ishant did what he does often: bowl a mixed bag - a half-volley here, a short-and-wide one there, and the odd unplayable delivery to keep the batsmen honest. Length remained an issue for most of India's quicks. Durston, who has not played a first-class game since the last week of April, pulled and cut in his counterattack after Ravindra Jadeja had taken two quick wickets either side of lunch to reduce Derbyshire to 115 for 4. Durston showed he was strong square of the wicket, and the Indians kept feeding him. Pankaj, who had taken the first wicket of the day, went for 20 in one over after tea, all through pulls. When he could not play either of those shots, Durston pulled out the ramp over the slips.

To be fair to the Indians, it was a flat pitch and quite a few edges fell short. With no result to push for in a non-first-class match, 17 players took turns being on the field, batting in the nets, or receiving attention from the staff. Wriddhiman Saha kept in the first and third sessions to allow MS Dhoni some time to field and some to have a hit in the nets.

The focus on the field remained long spells. Bhuvneshwar bowled nine overs in his first spell, Pankaj eight, and Ishant nine with no maiden and 41 runs conceded. They came back to bowl only towards the end of the day. Varun Aaron, Ishwar Pandey and Stuart Binny bowled shorter spells. Jadeja looked the likeliest to get wickets; he did get two to be 2 for 8 after his first seven overs, but then he took a bit of tap from Durston to end with figures of 11-3-27-2. R Ashwin, who seems likely to sit out of the first Test, bowled only seven overs, and had a sharp chance dropped by Virat Kohli at first slip.

Durston, Hosein, Slater and Godleman, though, used the day as a perfect opportunity to stake claims to places in the first XI of a fledgling side. They weren't complaining about what might be perceived as low intensity from the Indians. Durston said it was definitely a step up for him, and that the competition was possibly diluted because the Indians wanted to give each of their bowlers a go. It was almost as if the Indians put a new team on the field in every session, he said.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Cricsnake on July 3, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    This is just a practice match and Indians are just warming up. I'm pretty sure that India do very well in the real tests. Indian fast bowlers would be a huge threat for English batsmen. Jaddu bowl very well and its high time for Ashwin to improve his weakened overseas record. I didn't see anything wrong with batting lineup mentored by Dravid. Bowlers need some time to adjust to the situation. They bowl well at nets & just doing some experiments while preventing possible injuries at practice matches. They will comeback very strongly when the first test begins. The first test will be quite tough one for Indians and a draw is possible; but they will come back strongly in the next ones. Good Luck guys. Make your neighbours proud. Cheers

  • cric1965 on July 2, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    Ishant Sharma should include for the team. Because of his height he can get bounce from English wicket. Even though he is bit expensive in practice games he will perform in tests. He is the only previous England experience bowler from present bunch.

  • subcontinent-expert on July 2, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    I think dhoni will drop rahane/sharma and will go with binny. Thus binny jadeja +3 pacers +6 batsmen will be the team format this time...

  • dp19668 on July 2, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    Praveen Kumar would have been included instead of Bhuneshwar Kumar becauase Praveen has very good record for five or six test.

  • on July 2, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    OK Best Team for the first test: 1.G.Gambhir 2.A.Rahane/S.Dhawan 3.C.Pujara 4.V.Kohli 5.S.Binny 6.MS Dhoni (wk)(c) 7.R.Jadeja 8.R.Ashwin 9.B.Kumar 10.M.Shami 11.V.Aaron/ P.Singh

  • on July 2, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    Bhuvneshwar Kumar has only 9 wickets in 6 test matches with an average of 37.88 A BIG REASON TO WORRY

  • Vilander on July 2, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    Good knock from Binny and Jadeja

  • PrinceTN on July 2, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    Well, i checked both tour matches and i came up the selection for first test :-

    1 Rahane, 2 Gambhir, 3 Pujara, 4 Kohli, 5 Binny, 6 Jadeja, 7 Dhoni, 8 B Kumar, 9 M Shami, 10 Pankaj, 11 Aaron

    Pls. no ishant...he will leak more runs and make our bowling weak...I think England players will regain form back if ishant plays....i am so surprised he still playing...as evident you can see how he bowled in tour matches....I think this lineup i predict will do well as a team...

    Also, we should have bowling coach to trainer our bowlers and bowl in right areas and length...

    Example, how SL played well against England...we should follow similar style how they played and won the series...one word, be confident with our bowlers that can take 20 wickets...

  • ramz30380 on July 2, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    Ok... now with Binny performing with the bat as well.... MSD will be more than tempted to take him ahead of Rohit/Rahane, play with 2 spinners and 4 pacers!

    Vijay/GG, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Binny, MSD, SRJ, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Shami, Pankaj/Pandey - this will be ideal - Binny is a proper batsman who can bowl medium pacers, SRJ & Ashwin are no mucks with the bat (I actually rate Ashwin higher than SRJ when it comes to batting in test cricket, his avg is there to show).

    This way MSD will have 5 proper batsmen, 1 pace bowling all-rounder, 2 spin bowling allrounders and 3 genuine pacers! - A complete package! I know it will not b fair on Rahane or Rohit but this will be best for India!

  • ishaan1997 on July 2, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    @GRVJPR Oh!, perhaps you didn't see his 96 against south africa where your patient openers gave us a great start and the middle order hid him and it was because of him India lost? And What about New Zealand, he scored an almost match winning 118 which was overshadowed by brendon just because of the bowlers. Maybe you last saw playing on his Odi debut? He is Better than both murali vijay,Shikhar Dhawan and also so called elegant player who oozes talent, Rohit Sharma

  • Cricsnake on July 3, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    This is just a practice match and Indians are just warming up. I'm pretty sure that India do very well in the real tests. Indian fast bowlers would be a huge threat for English batsmen. Jaddu bowl very well and its high time for Ashwin to improve his weakened overseas record. I didn't see anything wrong with batting lineup mentored by Dravid. Bowlers need some time to adjust to the situation. They bowl well at nets & just doing some experiments while preventing possible injuries at practice matches. They will comeback very strongly when the first test begins. The first test will be quite tough one for Indians and a draw is possible; but they will come back strongly in the next ones. Good Luck guys. Make your neighbours proud. Cheers

  • cric1965 on July 2, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    Ishant Sharma should include for the team. Because of his height he can get bounce from English wicket. Even though he is bit expensive in practice games he will perform in tests. He is the only previous England experience bowler from present bunch.

  • subcontinent-expert on July 2, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    I think dhoni will drop rahane/sharma and will go with binny. Thus binny jadeja +3 pacers +6 batsmen will be the team format this time...

  • dp19668 on July 2, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    Praveen Kumar would have been included instead of Bhuneshwar Kumar becauase Praveen has very good record for five or six test.

  • on July 2, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    OK Best Team for the first test: 1.G.Gambhir 2.A.Rahane/S.Dhawan 3.C.Pujara 4.V.Kohli 5.S.Binny 6.MS Dhoni (wk)(c) 7.R.Jadeja 8.R.Ashwin 9.B.Kumar 10.M.Shami 11.V.Aaron/ P.Singh

  • on July 2, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    Bhuvneshwar Kumar has only 9 wickets in 6 test matches with an average of 37.88 A BIG REASON TO WORRY

  • Vilander on July 2, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    Good knock from Binny and Jadeja

  • PrinceTN on July 2, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    Well, i checked both tour matches and i came up the selection for first test :-

    1 Rahane, 2 Gambhir, 3 Pujara, 4 Kohli, 5 Binny, 6 Jadeja, 7 Dhoni, 8 B Kumar, 9 M Shami, 10 Pankaj, 11 Aaron

    Pls. no ishant...he will leak more runs and make our bowling weak...I think England players will regain form back if ishant plays....i am so surprised he still playing...as evident you can see how he bowled in tour matches....I think this lineup i predict will do well as a team...

    Also, we should have bowling coach to trainer our bowlers and bowl in right areas and length...

    Example, how SL played well against England...we should follow similar style how they played and won the series...one word, be confident with our bowlers that can take 20 wickets...

  • ramz30380 on July 2, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    Ok... now with Binny performing with the bat as well.... MSD will be more than tempted to take him ahead of Rohit/Rahane, play with 2 spinners and 4 pacers!

    Vijay/GG, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Binny, MSD, SRJ, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Shami, Pankaj/Pandey - this will be ideal - Binny is a proper batsman who can bowl medium pacers, SRJ & Ashwin are no mucks with the bat (I actually rate Ashwin higher than SRJ when it comes to batting in test cricket, his avg is there to show).

    This way MSD will have 5 proper batsmen, 1 pace bowling all-rounder, 2 spin bowling allrounders and 3 genuine pacers! - A complete package! I know it will not b fair on Rahane or Rohit but this will be best for India!

  • ishaan1997 on July 2, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    @GRVJPR Oh!, perhaps you didn't see his 96 against south africa where your patient openers gave us a great start and the middle order hid him and it was because of him India lost? And What about New Zealand, he scored an almost match winning 118 which was overshadowed by brendon just because of the bowlers. Maybe you last saw playing on his Odi debut? He is Better than both murali vijay,Shikhar Dhawan and also so called elegant player who oozes talent, Rohit Sharma

  • on July 2, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    Hey, that's good news. Both Jadeja & Binny seem to have found their moorings. Happy. And happy for both the boys, despite the kind of bowlers they are facing.

  • on July 2, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Finally.. Dhoni has moved to No. 5,and the result: A 100+partnership with Dhoni playing aggressively..... This might be just what we need this series, Eng bowlers are not in the best form, so even if we lose 3 wickets by 30 overs, Dhoni can walk in and up the ante, if either Kohli or Pujara is in and decides to play sheet anchor. Many are worried about Ishant, but truth is, he did better than all other bowlers during the SA & NZ series, including Zaheer Khan. Ishant is as good as Anderson when he gets in rhythm. His problem is, he only has one good spell per day, which might be due to the long spells he bowled bcos Dhoni was too scared of Zak breaking down, so he had to bowl Shami and Ishant a lot. But if Bhuvi, Shami, Aaron and Ishant are in, then Dhoni can use Bhuvi nd Shami for the long spells, and give Aaron nd Ishant 5 over blasts. Binny can chip in a few overs b4 lunch or tea or close of play. I think India are gonna shock the world. Let's go Men in Blue!!! #Bleed_Blue

  • on July 2, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    In the 'good old days' of Indian test cricket a strike rate of 25 used to be par for the course. Is Binny trying to be a 'classical batsman' in that mould?

  • GRVJPR on July 2, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    Forget Rahane. H ewould be the worst opener in test matches. I have seen him completely bamboozled by ordinary bowlers in ODIs where he has opened quite a few times but has been a huge flop with avg of mere 22. He got beaten left, right and center. At least Vijay and Dhawan showed fight against steyn and company with leaving many balls. Rahane is ok against slow spinner hiding behind top order batsmen.

  • on July 2, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    Is Binny trying to say that his 7 in 21 is better than the 6 in 26 scored by the two openers?

  • entryholedia on July 2, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    Nothing worth inspiring confidence in the Team India show.

  • on July 2, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    Regarding the two boys out there: Jadeja & Binny.

    Looks like Dhoni is trying to decide between the two, as to who should be taken in as an all-rounder. May be, 'poor man's' all-rounder; yet all-rounders... a spinning all-rounder & a seaming all-rounder! So far, Jadeja is a yard ahead! But, it all depends on the conditions. In a heavily seaming pitch, Dhoni might still root for Binny, for his bowling. We are not going to get a spinners' pitch. In neutral grounds, Jadeja is certainly ahead.

  • on July 2, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    6 Runs in 26 balls, with one four! Both Murali Vijay & Shikhar Dhawan managed to get exactly the same output! How did they manage that? Let's not forget, against a second dvn county attack!

    I wish I had a chance to know what Rahane would have down as an opener. Preferably with Pujara as an opening partner.

  • IndTheBest on July 2, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    @Rowan Tyson - You are funny. Do you really think Ishant is going to read these comments and even pay attention to build pressure on himself? He never even listen to Wasim and Waqar during the IPL, why would he listen to we fans!! I assure you he will be fine. Either he will get 6 wickets or go for 6 runs an over without any wicket.

  • ladycricfan on July 2, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Pujara is going well. May be he can retire(out) now. Looks like Dhoni is practising his defensive strokes. Good on him. He can play shots any time.

  • on July 2, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    Openers need to have the right skills,alright. But more importantly they need to have the right attitude.

    Pujara & Rahane are the ideal openers for India. I have said this many times before, and am saying that again.

    Despite Dhawan's debut test match century in India, I have been arguing that he is a good opener for the short format, and NOT for the longer versions. Even if he does reasonably well in a few test matches, I would still say that, when I take into account his approach to batting.

  • Sam Ferin on July 2, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    This Indian team is very young. Most of the players are yet to play in English conditions. It will be a really good exposure for them to show their talents in the coming away test match series. 5 match series is a lot for a team. They can really show their best in one or the other. It's gonna be superb test series. And its definitely not gonna be a one sided series like it happened before. And I am wishing MSD's boys to play with free mind and get back home in a winning note. All the very best Team India. Have fun and never even look at the criticism. Because we all know very well that when you play well,they'll praise you like anything and when you don't,they'll abuse like anything. Keep this mind. Do what you have to do. Victory is always ours. Never look into news or newspapers till you finish your last game. Because people will never stop criticizing. We back you guys like we always do. All the best guys.

  • sanjaynairdxb on July 2, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    Dhoni--If you have to win,got to take 10 England wickets get pacer Umesh Yadan and swinger Ashish Nehra too as reserves..

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 2, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    India already openers retired out. I think all indian players will have batting practice then retire out.

  • rising_phoenix on July 2, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    I hope they prefer Rahane over Rohit Sharma and go will 5 bowlers than 4 bowlers. My team-

    1. Gambhir 2. Dhawan /Vijay 3. Pujara 4. Kohli 5. Rahane /Sharma 6. Dhoni 7. Jadeja 8. Shami 9. Pankaj Singh 10. Aaron 11. Bhuvi/Ishant

    Though I can't see what value is this current Ishant Sharma will add, I'd still think he'd be a better choice than Bhuvi. Bhuvi should be considered only if Shami doesn't play. And both Pankaj and Aaron should get a chance

  • on July 2, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    Tough times ahead of India!

  • ganesanvijay on July 2, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    Wow, India with 1.3 b people and yet our Cricket board finds only Ishant Sharma, Murali Vijay, Rohit Sharma. Excellent. With these players playing, I am sure Cook will not be cooked but will Cook Indians. On any day Raina is a better player than Rohit.

  • fairfan70 on July 2, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    Mild bowling concerns? Huh! How laughable! This bowling attack is not test class. Period. This is not a pessimistic assessment but a realistic one given the recent record of the bowlers. .. from an Indian cricket fan.

  • on July 2, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    I guess, Indian fans should avoid this series as this team once again relies only upon batsman..the pre-ganguly era...I wish Ganguly could be the coach as Duncan does not seem to be adding any value to our team. Except T20 finals and CT50 win, nothing much to show for him.

  • cricketclassics1 on July 2, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    India need good catching slip corden as well, they have to take some good ones otherwise it will be the same story...XYZ scores a ton after being dropped on 10 and 35 etc.....

  • on July 2, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    Ishant if you read these comments, and you're selected for the tests, you have to free your mind from pressure - who cares! you're a bowler, do what you do! fail or not, go out there, have fun and bowl, free your mind, neo!

  • mjrvasu on July 2, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    It will be a miracle if India can get 10 wickets even in one innings, and a second miracle if England does not score at least 500+ in each Test. Other than Bhuvi, there is no real wicket taking bowler in the Indian side. it is a disaster to go there without a true legspinner. Only slow medium (Binny) can try to restrict. This tour will be a second successive grand washout in England for India.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on July 2, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    @ ReeceLebanOz. There is no 'created' heros in Indian team. You can see lot of them in Australian team. But is there any real one since Warne, McGrath and Ponting? lolz

  • on July 2, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    my playing 11 dhawan.rahane.pujara.kohli.rohit.dhoni.jadeja.binny.bhuvi.shami.aaron if shami is not fit then play with pankaj singh

  • sidh78 on July 2, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    @receloz really!! you think that making runs in india in test on spining & turning pitches is easy? plz ask to ricky ponting about that.ponting has avg. of 20 runs in india.if batting on indian pitches is so easy why he has such worst avg in india.why australian batsman not made some runs on easy spining tracks in last series & avoid 4-0 whitewash.

  • Sultan2007 on July 2, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    Shami's news is not great. With 5 Tests in 7 weeks, his mild strain is not going to get better as there will be little time to rest it. Someone PLEASE get Umesh over!!!!

  • Vilander on July 2, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    Lol at the commentors, Indian batsmen have not been getting out so far, there is no weakness there. If its a green track India has some advantage as their inexperienced bowlers wont be exposed. But then there is Ishant/Dhoni nothing much can be done about it. Shami/Bhuv/Pankaj have to take all the wickets that they can as soon as possible because after 5-10 overs Dhoni will spread the field.

  • sidh78 on July 2, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    @receloz really!! you think that making runs in india in test on spining & turning pitches is easy? plz ask to ricky ponting about that.ponting has avg. of 20 runs in india.if batting on indian pitches is so easy why he has such worst avg in india.why australian batsman not made some runs in last series & avoid 4-0 whitewash.

  • omairhr on July 2, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    I think Indian bowlers are trying not to get injured.

  • Humdingers on July 2, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    Really don't understand why India don't like Leg Spinners. They have always been an Achilles heel for England. And Ojha not being in the squad is a mystery as well; what he has done to Dohni only MSD knows! Key for this contest will be: - If Cook and Bell fire, England will win. - If India can dent Broad and Anderson (Anderson in particular), India will win. - Key for India will be bowling out the tail. So often we see them do well and get the opposition 3, 4 down and then MSD takes over and the opposition score 300 for the last 4 wickets. - If MSD gets injured, India will win. - And then there is Ishant….

  • on July 2, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    Harvey Hosein's best innings in his last 10 matches is 16. He made 53 *

    Durston had only two 50 somethings in his last 12 innings. He made 95.

    Now, you may extrapolate and guess what Cook can score in the first test against this attack of ours.

    Hope, the test pitches are amenable for swing bowlers; then, there is some hope.

  • on July 2, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    if they are going to keep playing ishant then it will be a big concern as he doesn't deserves a go coz he has failed time and time again still the captain has kept on playing as he says he generates extra bounce.I don't know house far this will go

  • ReeceLeban on July 2, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    ramz30380. Facts from Indian fans, oh the irony. lolz. All your created heros are average players, barring Dravid.

  • Mervo on July 2, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    With a Test average of nearly 38?

  • Darkmanx12155 on July 2, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    @ Herath-UK: Dont worry about our bowling attack mate! this is a practice game. Our bowlers needs to be fit to go for 5 consecutive tests. Not like SL who had just 2. Wait and see how well ishant, buvi, Arun, ashwin and jadeja will do when the actual match starts. england will prepare green tops. indian bowlers will make england batters beg for mercy ans we have sent the best swing bowlers to england.

  • ramz30380 on July 2, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    @Herath-UK - I agree tht spinners picking up wkts isnt a good sign but frankly speaking as long as the wkt column is filling up I dont mind the kind of bowlers who are picking it up...

    But I cant agree with ur statement tht the cupboard is empty.... its just tht the captain and the selectors are not looking inside properly!

  • GRVJPR on July 2, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    It's just a practice match. Bowlers tries various things with indifferent fields and experiment a bit. England don't be happy seeing this. It will be a different ball game come the first session of nottingham test.

  • artificial.intelligence on July 2, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    why is mohit sharma not in the test bowling squad?

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on July 2, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    Very little should be read into this as a guide to bowling form. Don't forget the 'county attack' Sri Lankan bowlers left with all the trophies on offer (rightly so as the far better team) and England are out of form. If Cook fails with the bat or has another shocker as captain first day the pressure will just mount and mount. I wouldn't be surprised if we see a new captain, even as early as the first test.

  • Sathyadivard on July 2, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    Dravid: Please give them training on how to take sharp catches in slips. I always agree the fact that "Catches Win Matches"

  • Darkmanx12155 on July 2, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    Look at ishants record in indian wins people.. then you can see how good he is. when the team fails, it is not fair to blame it on his bowling. he is an asset in tests.

  • Herath-UK on July 2, 2014, 6:32 GMT

    Dhoni bowling is an admission of India that the cupboard is empty;they need to get maximum use of these side games which Sri Lanka did.Seeing spinners getting wickets is not a good sign to fast bowling credentials.

  • on July 2, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    Please play with bhuvi shami and aaron if shami is not fit to play then play with the pankaj singh

  • Rajeshj on July 2, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    I think India would be missing Praveen Kumar, who bowled like a lion in the previous England series.. Like Gambhir, India should have opted for Praveen instead of Varun Aaron or Ishwar Pandey.. Also, why was Binny given so many overs and Ashwin very less overs.. Its not rocket science to conclude that Binny has no place in test squad and so it might be best to give more overs to Ashwin so that he can get adjusted to the ball and conditions.. But looking at the bowlers used, it appears that Bhuvi, Ishant, Pankaj/Shami and Ravindra Jadeja are definitely in the squad.. Jadeja is a one-dimensional spinner and trying to project him as the main spinner doesn't look good for team in the long run.. In all the overseas tests, Ashwin bowled in just one test.. You can't just ignore him in overseas pitches and still call him India-only bowler.. and Jadeja doesn't merit a place as main spinner in any team..

  • on July 2, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    ishant...if he plays 50more tests and picks up 150more wickets...will be the 4th highest wicket taker for India in tests...so show some respect guys:-P

  • on July 2, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    zak said step up ishant now ishant is step up and bowl no ball in every over how quick learner he is wow you are genius ishant

  • ramz_01 on July 2, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    @Yousufahmed1 wen india had a decent fast bowler?

  • Greatest_Game on July 2, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    @ ThePacifist10 commented "@Greatest_Game. The big difference between the two teams is that India are a lot more fun to watch bat than England :)"

    That may be the most truthful statement I've heard in a long time. I ran through Eng's batting order in my mind, trying to think of an entertaining batsman. I'm still trying. All the names I come up with. like KP, are gone - even Swann. Moeen was "entertaining" by virtue of his elegant stroke play. That is the best I could come up with. Bell can be beautiful to watch when he actually scores runs.

    I can only agree. Eng's current batting is not entertaining., although it is funny watching Cook's dismissals. The look of utter disbelief, every time, keeps growing. He is getting to the Stuart Broad lever, & that is sad. When Broad edges behind there is no look of disbelief because he knows he is out. There are only blushes when he does n to walk.

    KP - come back!

  • sachin_equal_to_bradman on July 2, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    @Kasun_Karunathilake: What has population to do with sport???? Do you think all 1.27 billion play / train cricket??? The cricketing structure and identifying talent is too too diffucult when u have such huge population!!! Always don find silly reason to find fault!!! Winning just one match does not make SL GREATEST!!! We have won more than 2 series in ENG.......Even USA has football team and Belgium has football team, Will u crticize USA that with such huige population they are not able to win against belgium????

  • vgaur on July 2, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    Get Sandeep Sharma & Praveen Kumar in the side to win.

  • BradmanBestEver on July 2, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    "Mild pace concerns..." Now there's an understatement

  • Biggus on July 2, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    And in other mild news today the Sun was declared to be mildly hot, whilst the Oceans were said to be mildly wet.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 2, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    You canot count practice matches. But India's bowling is always struggling. Batting is the stronger side. It will be very difficult task to take 20 wickets. India need to go for 5 bowlers and 5 batsman in htis series.

  • pandian_ikku on July 2, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    Among 1.27 billion population they are unable to find a single decent fast bowler.

  • gundapps on July 2, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    Mild concerns about Indian bowling is a major understatement - nothing can be more perturbing than our best medium pacers are being demolished by second division batters! The only question now is whether Indian batters can put up a good show in order to save the Tests - we now have five of them that need saving!

  • on July 2, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    More than bowlers, India needed some confidence for the young batting line up. England made a big mistake by providing flat tracks for practice matches. I'm sure this confidence will help the Indian batsmen.

    Coming back to the bowlers. I have seen them perform very well in helpful tracks irrespective of their form in previous matches that had been played on flat tracts. So this time it wont be as easy as it was in 2011.

  • on July 2, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    Zaheer Khan said Ishant should step up. He seems to have heard overstep!. Ishant, who anyways is a sub-standard test bowler, can't be picked in this horrific form to play a test match.

  • ramz30380 on July 2, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    One thing is clear - no matter how good a fielder Kohli is, he isnt a slip catcher! 2 catches dropped by him in two matches! Ashwin's figures wud be better if tht wkt was added to it! I wud still pick Ashwin in the team ahead of a batsman - we all know tht guy can bat! 4 seamers + Ashwin will do or 3 seamers + SRJ & Ash will do - but they have to drop either Rohit / Rahane - my pick will be Rahane for the playing XI. They can drop Rohit for the 1st match and see how it goes....

  • nikhilrkutty on July 2, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    'Mild' concerns??? Really?

  • on July 2, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    And Here comes the naysayers again doubting the Indian capacity to win outside Asia !!!! Lets C how true they Are???

  • on July 2, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    Harvey hosain is17 years of age .If he can score 53 off 89 against Indian bowling attack then India should be ready for pasting .Indian fans like me should be ready to see another whitewash .I would love if they put up a fight at least and not like last time when half the team was injured.

  • on July 2, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    why is kohli dropping a catch every match

  • on July 2, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    funny! club level Indian bowling attack is going to get thrashed! England batsman will find form and they will re start winning!!

  • ThePacifist10 on July 2, 2014, 4:43 GMT

    @Greatest_Game

    The big difference between the two teams is that India are a lot more fun to watch bat than England :)

    Seriously speaking, the ECB won't provide flat tracks. They need Anderson and Plunkett to get some purchase off the surface. If India's bowlers do get some assistance from the pitch, we all know how devastating they can be. Just ask the Kiwis.

    Shami has to be nurtured and taken care of. He, not Ishant, is the new leader of the pace attack. He must be fit and in good rhythm for the entire tour. Otherwise it'll be like last time where we lost Zaheer and paid a heavy price, though this time we do have the backup of a good batting line-up to fall back on.

    If Dhoni really will use only 3 pacers and 1 spinner plus 7 batsmen, this is the team I would pick: Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Rahane, Dhoni, Jadeja, Pankaj, Aaron/Pandey, Shami.

  • ramz30380 on July 2, 2014, 4:38 GMT

    @ReeceLebanOz - U were given back with facts & figures for making a bizzare statment about Tendulkar in another Indian thread and didnt have the facts or the figures to side ur argument & didnt even reply to the questions tht were posted to u, now u come here to mock Indian players is it?! If u want to say something pull up some stats and do so instead of just talking ridiculous things from nowhere!

    Nobody compared Rohit Sharma with Viv Richards, it was Viv himself who said tht Virat Kohli bats like him! This is one more time U are making baseless accusations.

    When there were many Indian fans pulling up stats of Sachin who has hit more no of centuries outside India than in India, U had the nerve to say tht he batted only on flat tracks! Now u r starting it again here... hereinafter plz provide actual facts before u make bizzare statements and save urself frmembarrasment!

    Moreover its Indian bowling tht is a concern, not batting!

  • on July 2, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    India's 11 Should be 1. Dhawan 2. Gambhir 3. Pujara 4. Kohli 5. Rahane 6. MSD 7. SRJ 8.Binny/ Aron 9. BHuvi 10. Shami 11. Pankaj singh

  • on July 2, 2014, 4:15 GMT

    On seaming unplayable tracks in BD ODIs, Indian bowlers did really well and have proved well in SA and NZ in the helpful conditions. So may be the conditions were not bowler friendly. So India is expected to bat well tomorrow and make a score of around 400.Bowlers at this level barring Ishant don't falter, it depends on the assist they get from the ball,pitch and conditions.

  • on July 2, 2014, 4:06 GMT

    India's gonna get screwed by England big time! This might as well be the much awaited comeback for England! #TheBigTest

  • vineesh244 on July 2, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    umesh yadav is being seriously missed. He was very good in Asutralia and he has the nack of picking wickets. worst selction by the selectors and the results are visible clealy in the practice games itself..dissapointing start to the tour.

  • on July 2, 2014, 3:55 GMT

    Well it looks like a same old story for india as it was in 2012 tour to england.....

  • cric1965 on July 2, 2014, 3:48 GMT

    Indians should not be worry too much about practice matches because these pitches may be batting friendly . ECB might give batting pitches to demoralize indians. It can be ECB tactics. If they give these type of pitches neither England can win.

  • ramz_01 on July 2, 2014, 3:31 GMT

    i dnt knw why india done such a thing again? if u wont to get ready for test match thy should take dis match seriously to hammer and boost thr confident head of test match, to be honest india dnt hav a attack to win a evn a county side outside asia, itz hard to see india win test wit this kind of attack.

  • cricket_lover1 on July 2, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    Pace bowlers please step up!!! Do India have bowling coach?

  • black_bird on July 2, 2014, 3:11 GMT

    Wow, what a great performance from india. Surely, they are going to whitewash england , if they can continue playing like this. Hats off to indian bowlers.

  • avingodb on July 2, 2014, 3:02 GMT

    Worrying signs indeed, images of Dhoni bowling bring back memories of 2011 and reduce any hopes of a different result this time around.

  • Greatest_Game on July 2, 2014, 3:01 GMT

    This seems a bit of an either/or conundrum. Either India's attack are putting in no effort and delivering lackluster performances to lull Eng into a sense of complacency and give their video analysts nothing to work with, or they are struggling to adapt to the conditions and the duke ball, and can't raise their performances to level that even Cook will not find challenging, and will feast on.

    If the Indian bowling is truly bad, this promises to be possibly the most boring test series series in modern cricket. Five excruciatingly painful, laboured draws beckon, with cricket's 2 most conservative captains unwilling to declare, and batting on and on and on while both team's trundlers fail to take 20 wickets.. Are two of the so-called "big 3" going to turn out to be tadpoles that even minnows will feed on? And that of course begs the question: how on earth are they going to deliver on their promise to "save world cricket?"

  • on July 2, 2014, 2:55 GMT

    C'mon ,you are being to rational On India.They might have a weak bowling attack but not worst.Didn't you notice they were 4/115 (38.4) 5/239 (64.6) .At Least for the time ,appreciate the quality of batting than always downgrading the Indian Bowling.

  • MasterMindGupta on July 2, 2014, 2:44 GMT

    India should an in-form team in the first test: 1) Dhawan 2) Vijay 3) Pujara 4) Kohli 5) Gambhir 6) Rahane 7) MSD 8) Jadeja 9) Bhuvi 10) Shami 11) Pankaj

    Ishant Sharma should be kicked out of the opening test along with Ashwin. Jadeja is our best spinner on foreign soil & should be in for Ashwin.

  • D-Ascendant on July 2, 2014, 2:29 GMT

    I think India's concerns are that their bowling is too mild!

  • on July 2, 2014, 2:21 GMT

    Virat Kohli has been dropping catches at slips quite often. He has not improved his catching skills even a bit. His catching accuracy falls below 50%. Catches win matches, if you can't take the crucial catches, bowlers lose their confidence and they can't find any other way except to bowl them or trap them to lbw, leaving them with only two options. If you analyse ashes 2014, you could see australia used to grab all the catches wherein England were a bit shaky in their catching skills, this is one of the reason australia were able to win 5-0. Australia's accuracy were very high in all the departments like catching, fielding which boosted Australian bowler's confidence. Barring T20 world cup, Kohli's catching skills are below par consider ind/aus 2013 odi series, asia cup 2014, ind/nz test and odi series. It's not only Kohli even some other players like Ravichandran Ashwin, and bowlers too have less accuracy in catching skills.

  • on July 2, 2014, 2:19 GMT

    Half-volleys, short and wide ones, grit for leg-byes, and of course liberal dozes of no-balls; that is our bowling spearhead. 7 no-balls in the first match and 9 no-balls in the second are said to be just official. Read this sentence from Sid Monga's report, once again:

    "...Ishant officially overstepped nine times in 12 overs, but there were quite a few deliveries that might have been reviewed if they had taken a wicket in a Test...."

    Hmmm!

  • MichaelBurton on July 2, 2014, 2:13 GMT

    Congrat Division 2 second bottom Derby for your 4th 300+ score. I am pretty sure you can overtake your highest score 399. I hardly believed that you would go past 200 against Indian line up considering you have 5 totals under 200 in 9 matches against Div 2 county teams.

  • on July 2, 2014, 2:10 GMT

    These words from Sid Monga typifies our bowling strategy:

    "...Durston, who has not played a first-class game since the last week of April, pulled and cut in his counterattack ... Durston showed he was strong square of the wicket, and the Indians kept feeding him (GREAT!). Pankaj, who had taken the first wicket of the day, went for 20 IN ONE OVER after tea, all through pulls. When he could not play either of those shots, Durston pulled out the ramp over the slips..." Emphasis added.

    If we can't deal with Durston; how are we going to deal with England's teast batsmen; veterans or new-comers?

  • Sri_Lankan_Cricket_Fan on July 2, 2014, 1:58 GMT

    One reason India can not win any test match in this series because they simply can not take 20 wickets. All they can try is to draw few games. How ever if their batsmen play well they might have a chance to win the one day series. For test series I bet for England 3-0. One day series England 3-2.

  • on July 2, 2014, 1:55 GMT

    This practice match is nothing but an extended net session.

  • InternationalCricketFollower on July 2, 2014, 1:18 GMT

    Not sure if the author is being sarcastic by saying 'mild'. Indian bowling is the same as Sri lankan bowling attack minus Herath.

  • Nampally on July 2, 2014, 0:53 GMT

    After seeing the Indian bowling providing a batting/hitting practice to a second division county team currently second from bottom, Indian team needs to send half of the pacemen home. Bring in Umesh Yadev, Mohit or Sandeep Sharma to replace Ishant Sharma. This report says that only Aaron, Binny & Pandey looked like wkt. takers. This report also says that Ishant is likely to be in XI for the First test! Media is attacking Cook for the recent losing record. But Dhoni with almost 100% losing record overseas continues to lead India in tests overseas. Dhoni has always blamed his bowlers for the losses. But if he selects Ishant in XI, what other result can he expect? He is currently in worst form + bowled nearly 20 No balls in the first 2 matches in as many overs! When Dhoni still retains him in XI, is it any surprising that India losses.

  • on July 2, 2014, 0:49 GMT

    Half-volleys, short and wide ones, grit for leg-byes, and of course liberal dozes of no-balls; that is our bowling spearhead. 7 no-balls in the first and 9 no-balls are said to be just official. Read this again from Sid:

    "...Ishant officially overstepped nine times in 12 overs, but there were quite a few deliveries that might have been reviewed if they had taken a wicket in a Test...."

    Hmmm!

  • Stuart_Watson on July 2, 2014, 0:33 GMT

    Mild concerns? It seems to me that this is exactly the same sort of warm-up-match-as-extended-net fiasco that Fletcher presided over as England coach, and I seem to recall the press using rather more vigorous adjectives then.

  • ChiragPathak on July 2, 2014, 0:21 GMT

    . Pankaj Singh and Binny must get debut. Former have tremendous first class experience and looks better than almost all pacer. Binny looks good all rounder along with RJadeja to have in a side .

  • on July 1, 2014, 23:59 GMT

    keep criticzing cricinfo..indian team will answer you well..let the test matches begin.

  • JustIPL on July 1, 2014, 23:56 GMT

    Total absence of competitiveness in these two games is a great cause of concern and despite that Indian bowling looked fragile. It is an unfair package for those who approach from far and wide to see some real action. It is just an enhanced net practice session and will not matter whether you had it or not. In short, india will make to the first test almost without any real practice. Why dhoni was needed to bowl as regular bowlers should be used for every ball that had to be bowled.

  • Nampally on July 1, 2014, 23:51 GMT

    Another disappointing day for the Indian pace bowlers. Instead of putting 11 bowlers into action, Dhoni should have focussed on 5 pacemen + 2 spinners to have a good workout. It is clear Dhoni will include his favourite Ishant in XI, however badly he is bowling! His No balls will be a huge factors against him in addition to his erratic length & line. Shami's calf injury is another negative aspect. So 2 out of 3 pace bowlers who Dhoni wants in the XI already have a huge ? against them. Why not stick to fit guys like Kumar, Aaron, Pankaj & Pandey- who are bowling better. Clearly Shami is Physically unfit & Ishant is too erratic to be in the XI. Pace bowling will be a big issue for India. Only Jadeja showed wkt. taking ability. Ashwin was economical but could not take wkts. even against a Team second from the bottom in English second Division! In addition to bowling, the slip fielding has been poor- with Kohli dropping another slip catch. Both matches exposed India's limitations badly!

  • on July 1, 2014, 23:18 GMT

    Mild Bowling problems? Mild??? India has SEVERE bowling problems. If you thought the Sri Lankan attack was bad, wait till you see the Indian bowling attack. The only hope India have is that the experience of Zaheer Khan will pay off and their batsman can put the English under pressure. Ashwin should NOT be included in the squad. It has been shown time and time again that he simply can not bowl properly outside the subcontinent in Tests. Ashwin as a batsman, however, is a completely different issue

  • Bobby_Talyarkhan on July 1, 2014, 22:59 GMT

    Sid is very insightful as usuall. It would have been good to read more about how Ishwar Pandey bowled and how Pankaj compared to the other pacers. From what Sid has gleaned about how the selection panel is thinking, it sounds like the first choice attack will be Bhuvi, Shami, Ishant and Jadeja. Now if I were an England batsman, contemplating that attack, what would I be thinking?? It sounds to me like India are trying to pack the side with 6 batters plus Dhoni and Jadeja to avoid defeat and hoping (or rather praying!) that one or two other bowlers mysteriously find some form and enable them to mount some sort of challenge later in the summer. As a strategy, this looks likely to backfire. A better strategy, as others have pointed out, is to play Ashwin as a fifth bowler who can bat instead of the sixth batsman. The BCCI deserves its share of the blame for not making the practice matches first class matches - as Sid has pointed out elsewhere this robs the tourists of credible opposition.

  • here2rock on July 1, 2014, 22:41 GMT

    Typical Indian attitude leading to an overseas series, it has been happening for far too long. Lack of leadership is a big issue, India needed to treat these matches as extra 2 tests matches. They must realise that bad habits are hard to break

  • Triple_A on July 1, 2014, 22:29 GMT

    It only happens with South-Asian countries where players who are desperately out of form are persisted with until it beyond all logical sense. Dhoni deserves all criticisms that comes his way if he plays Ishant in the first game. This guy has forgotten how to bowl legitimate deliveries! How can you play 50+ tests and still bowl so many no-balls in less than 10 overs? How can you release position be that uncorrectable and yet allow you to play forever in the national team? What kind of commitment is he showing that is not allowing the captain to drop him? Is he that irreplaceable? Indian cricket has never been answerable to the public, but this is ridiculous.

  • piyer on July 1, 2014, 22:19 GMT

    I really feel for Dhoni from the bottom of my heart.We people call him defensive useless etc. Did we ever really sit and tried to understand what exactly the problem is.Pleas check the followings and touch your heart and say.1. Where was your attacking captain (clarke) hiding when got whitwashed in india? Say no qaulity spinners then why do you expect us to do well in abroad with no good wicket taking seamer.2. Where was your Cook hiding in Australia even though he had great attack that whitewashed india ( Dont say you won in India. one series win does not mean you conquered that country if so India do have a series win in England.3.You SA I bet you evem now you won't be able to win us in our land your Steyn and Morkel will be just a Spectators watching our young guns firing from all the guns.4.Atlast Srilankans congradulation on your win but to be considered best in sub continent you have to beat India in India in test and say I wont deny. Yes Dhoni is hopless like your captains.

  • piyer on July 1, 2014, 21:57 GMT

    And what next Guys? Bhuvi: A good ODI bowler but not a test class by containing runs you cant win a test match (Though I like this guy but this is the truth). Shami: Average ODI bowler horrible T20 bowler a good test bowler but he can't run through a batting order in any format. Pankaj: No Idea Binny: I dont't believe this guy because that spell aginst Bangladesh is once in a life time spell so it won't happen again. Ashwin: Excellent bowler(Only in home condition) abroad it is just opposite. Jadeja: I don't know how people call him spinner even after seeing so many legends I think he has good control over his line and length but I do believe his honeymoon season is over. Atlast one and onely over pace spear head (ISHANTH SHARMA). Horrible ODI bowler,Horrible T20 bowler,Horrible Test bowler (One special quality this chap does not break down like others even if asked to bowl continuously ). With this not only Dhoni even Ricky Ponting will not win a series. Sorry Virat,Puji. etc

  • on July 1, 2014, 21:54 GMT

    Ishant just go away man. please just go away

  • on July 1, 2014, 21:35 GMT

    Well it seems Ishant Sharma shudnt really be in the UK with this squad how he is going to inspire younger bowlers only God knows when he cant even motivate himself.

  • on July 1, 2014, 21:13 GMT

    The main front line spinner of Indian team - R Ashwin doesn't even get to play in the first XI. How often do you see that? India always struggled with quality pace bowlers but this spin department crisis is completely new!

  • MiddleStump on July 1, 2014, 21:11 GMT

    Rest assured. India will not be able to get 10 wickets of any county side either. They could easily return home in a couple of months with the dubious record of not having bowled a side out in any of their matches. Cook will soon strike form.

  • on July 1, 2014, 20:47 GMT

    Ishant's form is a real worry. That third seamers spot is going to give this Indian team concerns as they may have a lot of trouble bowling England out.

  • glen1 on July 1, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    Suggest for the test series, Sid Monga retrieve his reports from the previous tour, change dates and a few names and submit. Nobody will complain as the team looks about the same. Ishanth same, Zaheer replace with Shami, P Kumar with B Kumar and so on. Ashwin can sit and watch world cup, while Jadeja will get a couple of wickets and the rest of the team will wait as usual for declaration. Dhoni bowling in any match is never a good sign.

  • Arif_Khan_Bangladeshi on July 1, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    If the batsmen's struggle and find it hard to get going, than it's going to be a long tour for the Indian team. Just like the previous one.

  • Lassie.Perera on July 1, 2014, 20:04 GMT

    This so called the best Indian Cricketers are playing against a young team trying to get back into Division One of the County Championship. Derbyshire had to ask 17 years boy who has no any first class matches against his name to come forward as a wicketkeeper due to an accident of their regular keeper. This boy is now 53 n o. Nine out of eighteen Indians were trying to bowl this team out and only they got 5wickets. When they come to bowl against the likes of Bell, Root, Balance and Cook...ohh...dear me...God save this bowling attack.

  • yorkshirematt on July 1, 2014, 19:57 GMT

    Mild bowling? I don't know exactly how this works, whether the ECB chose India's warm up opponents or the Indians themselves. If the latter and they really are concerned about weak bowling, well they did choose the two weakest counties on the circuit as opponents

  • ReeceLeban on July 1, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    Breaking news on CNN. Indian players stage a protest near the Butter Chicken restaurant. If dust bowls/flat pitches are not prepared for the first test match, they will not take the field. Especially, Rohit Sharma who is suppose to be the next Viv Richards, according to the knowledgeable Indian fans.

  • TimeKiller on July 1, 2014, 19:51 GMT

    Team India is going to miss the services of the two best swing bowlers in the country: The Kumars - Praveen and Vinay. Yadav should be there as well, instead of Aaron, Ishant, and Pankaj.

  • ReeceLeban on July 1, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    Don't worry mate. Once the actual test matches start, dust bowls and flat pitches will be prepared to help the Indian players. It will be just like home. Where the bowl doesn't bounce, swing or have too much lateral movements. You can score tons of runs and declare Indian players are better than the likes of Viv, Hayden, S Waugh, Ponting, Lara and Bradman. lolz

  • TomDeSailor on July 1, 2014, 19:45 GMT

    Ishant is stil being considered for the first test?? There must be some kind of a mistake.. The team management is either blind or really really adamant.. how in the world will a fast bowler, who bowled 6noballs today, in addition to the many in the last match, who has the highest economy, with 2 lucky wickets last match & none here, be considered for playing in the XI still ... I give up...

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 1, 2014, 19:40 GMT

    Mild? I would say absolutely chronic. Excellent opportunity for Cook et al. to get some much needed form and confidence back!

  • vippra on July 1, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    Guess it will be a repeat of 2011, though this time around India will loose 5-0 and Cookie will be among he runs and retain his captaincy..

  • JustIPL on July 1, 2014, 19:26 GMT

    My bowling lineup for first test is Shami, Pandey, Pankaj while spinners Jadeja/Ashwin and allrounder Binny. Jadeja, Ashwin and Binny can add some useful runs. India should avoid Ishant's inaccuracy and Bhuvi's containment job. Binny can come for short spells instead of Bhuvi while the three fast bowlers (provided they are fit) can bowl some incisive spells.

  • thebrownie on July 1, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    Yawn. Wash rinse repeat. Edges falling short. Ishant bowling like, well, Ishant!

  • on July 1, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    Doesn't this say all one needs to know about India's prospects on this tour. The two practice games have been against the bottom two teams of Englands Second Tier league, and in neither of the two matches have the bowlers looked like getitng 10 wickets let alone 20.

    How does one expect India to win a test with this bowling. While in batting India did well in the first practice game, lets all take into account the standard of bowling on display. If India didn't score against the team bottom of second tier of England, then where will they score.

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  • on July 1, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    Doesn't this say all one needs to know about India's prospects on this tour. The two practice games have been against the bottom two teams of Englands Second Tier league, and in neither of the two matches have the bowlers looked like getitng 10 wickets let alone 20.

    How does one expect India to win a test with this bowling. While in batting India did well in the first practice game, lets all take into account the standard of bowling on display. If India didn't score against the team bottom of second tier of England, then where will they score.

  • thebrownie on July 1, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    Yawn. Wash rinse repeat. Edges falling short. Ishant bowling like, well, Ishant!

  • JustIPL on July 1, 2014, 19:26 GMT

    My bowling lineup for first test is Shami, Pandey, Pankaj while spinners Jadeja/Ashwin and allrounder Binny. Jadeja, Ashwin and Binny can add some useful runs. India should avoid Ishant's inaccuracy and Bhuvi's containment job. Binny can come for short spells instead of Bhuvi while the three fast bowlers (provided they are fit) can bowl some incisive spells.

  • vippra on July 1, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    Guess it will be a repeat of 2011, though this time around India will loose 5-0 and Cookie will be among he runs and retain his captaincy..

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 1, 2014, 19:40 GMT

    Mild? I would say absolutely chronic. Excellent opportunity for Cook et al. to get some much needed form and confidence back!

  • TomDeSailor on July 1, 2014, 19:45 GMT

    Ishant is stil being considered for the first test?? There must be some kind of a mistake.. The team management is either blind or really really adamant.. how in the world will a fast bowler, who bowled 6noballs today, in addition to the many in the last match, who has the highest economy, with 2 lucky wickets last match & none here, be considered for playing in the XI still ... I give up...

  • ReeceLeban on July 1, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    Don't worry mate. Once the actual test matches start, dust bowls and flat pitches will be prepared to help the Indian players. It will be just like home. Where the bowl doesn't bounce, swing or have too much lateral movements. You can score tons of runs and declare Indian players are better than the likes of Viv, Hayden, S Waugh, Ponting, Lara and Bradman. lolz

  • TimeKiller on July 1, 2014, 19:51 GMT

    Team India is going to miss the services of the two best swing bowlers in the country: The Kumars - Praveen and Vinay. Yadav should be there as well, instead of Aaron, Ishant, and Pankaj.

  • ReeceLeban on July 1, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    Breaking news on CNN. Indian players stage a protest near the Butter Chicken restaurant. If dust bowls/flat pitches are not prepared for the first test match, they will not take the field. Especially, Rohit Sharma who is suppose to be the next Viv Richards, according to the knowledgeable Indian fans.

  • yorkshirematt on July 1, 2014, 19:57 GMT

    Mild bowling? I don't know exactly how this works, whether the ECB chose India's warm up opponents or the Indians themselves. If the latter and they really are concerned about weak bowling, well they did choose the two weakest counties on the circuit as opponents