England v India, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge July 8, 2014

A test for two rebuilding teams

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Will India get their selection right?

Match facts

July 9-13, 2014
Start time 1100 local (1000 GMT)

Big Picture

Just under three years ago, most of the talk was about milestones heading into India's tour of England. The 2000th Test. The 100th Test between England and India. Sachin Tendulkar's 100th international hundred. Duncan Fletcher's 100th Test as coach. All of it at the traditional home of cricket. Cricket watchers besotted by statistics have driven themselves into frenzy over far less. To expect the quality of cricket to match the sense of occasion was fair, what with two of the world's top sides vying for the No 1 ranking.

Instead, Zaheer Khan limped out of the series on the first day, and India's ageing band of legendary batsmen - Rahul Dravid apart - followed him in spirit. MS Dhoni had entered the series having not lost a single one before. Four embarrassments later, two of them by an innings, he had presided over a winless overseas run that has extended to this day and has lasted 14 Tests.

Fortunately for the Indians, only five of that squad are on this trip. Virat Kohli and Wriddhiman Saha had no role on the field then, and Gautam Gambhir may not have a significant one this time. It is not in Dhoni's nature to carry baggage - good or bad - around, and if Ishant Sharma can survive that bowling average after 55 Tests, he can survive anything.

It has been said before, but it is worth repeating before the start of this series. This is not the India side that suffered the humiliation of 0-8 in England and Australia, it is the side that came close to winning a Test on each of its first two tours to South Africa and New Zealand. In 2011, India averaged 255 over eight innings in England. In its first seven overseas innings, this team already averages nearly 325.

India may or may not have the ability to take 20 wickets, but they have the potential to put a decent score on the board, a total which it makes it difficult for the opposition to force a result. The previous Indian Test team achieved what it did partly because it had the batsmen who often made big runs under pressure, but they failed to collectively score in excess of 300 even once in England 2011. The current lot cannot possibly do worse. Given the way English pitches behaved recently against Sri Lanka, there is every chance they will do better. That in itself will make it a contest, unlike 2011.

As will the absence of several big names on the English side from last time - Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott, Andrew Strauss and Graeme Swann. The first of those names started the series in 2011 with an unbeaten 202 and ended with 175. England have started on the path of rebuilding after the Ashes whitewash and have found there will be plenty of heartburn along the way, as the series loss to Sri Lanka has shown. Just a fortnight later, five Tests in the next six weeks will test England's character as severely as India's. Zero-eight eventually ended a couple of big careers for India, and the loss at home to England in 2012 nudged a couple more towards their exit. There won't be too many surprises if this one also claims a scalp or two.

Form guide

(last five completed matches, most recent first)

England LDLLL
India DLLDW

In the spotlight

Alastair Cook's position as England captain has never been under as much scrutiny. Cook, and for that matter any batsman, thrives on runs, and there is a case that runs will make the captaincy much more manageable. The runs have not been coming; Cook has gone 24 innings without a century. He averages 55-plus against India, though, and his highest score of 294 came against them in 2011. Friendly, familiar opposition could be Cook's ticket to safety.

Amid apprehensions that the Indians could be blown away by Dale Steyn and co, Virat Kohli made a century so emphatic in his first innings in South Africa that Allan Donald was reminded of Sachin Tendulkar. He made 96 in the second, and while he was dominating in Auckland, the Indians threatened to hunt down 400-plus. He went on to make another hundred in Wellington. With 25 international centuries, Kohli has reached a stage where he is the team's most prized wicket. If India intend to make a statement at the start of the series, Kohli is the man to do it.

Teams news

England had named Jos Buttler as wicketkeeping cover for Matt Prior, who experienced "mild tightness" in his right thigh two days before the Test but Cook later said that Prior was "almost certain" to play. They had earlier added allrounder Ben Stokes to the squad, and he is likely to come in for Chris Jordan, who went wicketless in the second Test against Sri Lanka.

England (possible): 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Sam Robson, 3 Gary Ballance, 4 Ian Bell, 5 Joe Root, 6 Moeen Ali, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Ben Stokes, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 Liam Plunkett, 11 James Anderson

India had given indications that they could hand Stuart Binny a Test debut ahead of Rohit Sharma, which shows a rare intent to step out of their comfort zone in search for those elusive 20 wickets. This will, of course, make the batting thinner, with even more responsibility on Dhoni at No. 6. Bhuvneshwar Kumar could be playing his first overseas Test.

India (possible): 1 M Vijay, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli, 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Stuart Binny, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Ishant Sharma

Pitch and conditions

This may be James Anderson's favourite venue but the Trent Bridge curator does not want teams bowled out for 180. There will be bounce as the surface is hard but movement will depend on how much grass - dry and brown - is left on the pitch. The surface is hard but without much moisture beneath. As always in England, overhead conditions will play a key role. The first day is forecast to be cloudy, with some rain expected over the next four days.

Stats and trivia

  • Among their six major Test venues, England have the poorest win-loss ratio at Trent Bridge
  • James Anderson has as many five-fors in seven Tests at Trent Bridge as he has in 46 matches in all other grounds in England together - six. For more stats on Trent Bridge, see this.
  • India's previous Test win in England came at Trent Bridge in 2007. Dhoni is the only remnant of that XI in this squad

Quotes

"I think playing a domestic game as a warm-up is a very, very different thing to playing a Test match. Certainly Duncan Fletcher always viewed them as warm-ups - that's how we did it when he was coach - so I wouldn't read too much into what happened."
England captain Alastair Cook is not lulled into a false sense of security seeing how India's bowlers went in Derby and Leicester

"If I compare between the first Test we played in South Africa and the last Test we played in New Zealand there has been considerable improvement. You know, it's the right way of moving ahead."
India captain MS Dhoni

Abhishek Purohit is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • KumarSubramanyan on July 9, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    England will have 6 lefthanders in their 11..Cook, Ballance, Moin, Stokes, Broad and Anderson..Playing Ashwin therefore is a no-brainer..My XI would be - Gambhir, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, Binny, Ashwin, Jadeja, Bhuvi and Shami. 3 seamers + 2 spinners..4 seamers not required...Also adds depth to the batting with Bhuvi coming in at No:10.. Pankaj/Ishwar/Aaron could come into reckoning for the 2nd /3rd test..I think its time to say goodbye to Ishant.. consistently in-consistent..continues to bowl 4 to 5 no balls in every spell..

  • JustIPL on July 9, 2014, 0:26 GMT

    The english selectors are right to rotate their all rounders. Jordan impressed with bat and ball and stokes looked very good towards the end of lost aussie series and has a real good chance against indians. Right both teams are rebuilding but only a run separated england and SL in that two test series. Poms also have the home advantage. Specially, they had very good workout against SL while indians have the warmp of fletcher brand. I think indian captain should have asked for more intense warmup and a better chance to bend their back but they opted for low key one and now putting blame on fletcher. May be indian team management remembered zak who broke during warmup game during last tour.

  • dunger.bob on July 8, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    I imagine this is a nerve racking time for both sets of supporters. Both teams have a point to prove and I don't think either is privately sure of how they're going to go. There are so many players missing from the last encounter that previous matches aren't much of a guide. You've got players in both sides that haven't played the other team in Tests before. .. there are just so many unknowns that it makes it a pretty damn interesting series, even for neutrals like myself.

    I'll have a stab at the series result. 2-1 England. .. And I say that with all the confidence of a kitten in the dog pound.

  • vsroc on July 9, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman on (July 9, 2014) It is quite interesting to read the comments of SwamiCricketAnanda, Om Shanthi about the prospects of India against England in the five test cricket series.How calculus, vedic mathematics are utilised in arriving at the expected prediction of the series?.I am curious to know the methodology.

    V.Sethuraman.

  • PeerieTrow on July 9, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    @CodandChips: I agree re Buttler v Prior, if only because Buttler appears to want it more. In addition, unlike Robson I believe Buttler has crossed that line in the sand where he will learn and develop less in the County game than he will in the test arena. He would be my choice, but I don't think he's on Cook's list of favourites. Robson, for me, still has too many basic rough edges that need work. Five seamers? They're the chaps who broke my toes, fingers and spirit. They worry batsmen significantly more than spinners, obviously with the exception of the once in a generation genii. Reading the runes I think we're stuck with Cook for the near future because there isn't perceived to be a replacement captain in the counties.

  • on July 9, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    If there's one thing that was made clear from the SA and NZ matches, it's that Ishant doesn't know what to do when batsmen attack him. Shami couldn't do much either when McCullum blasted his way to a triple century. So for things to change, it might have to be Bhuvi or Binny. Bhuvneshwar has showed throughout his career that he can bowl to attacking batsmen. Even in the recent Ipl, he showed up Dale Steyn, by picking wickets regularly and maintaining a brilliant economy rate. Binny too, has so far been often used as a bowler who comes in when the Rajasthan team needed wickets desperately, so I think India should do okay..... Especially since all of Robson, Cook, Root, Bell and Ballance are all classic batsmen, so they won't attack much unless they get at least 50. Ishant and Shami should be used maximum. For the lower middle order of Ali, Prior, Stokes and Broad, Bhuvi nd Binny will have a major role, not to mention Jadeja 's role. Unlike most others, I wanna see how India bowl. Go

  • on July 9, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    bad weather.... look like washout...

  • on July 9, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    India should have include Gambhir in place oo Dhawan. Rest the team Los balanced. I felt instead of bhuvi, we should have played Pankaj Singh

  • on July 9, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    For God's sake this is a 5 test series, and I hope India sticks to a good 9 - 10 for most of the series rather than making major changes after every test...

  • CodandChips on July 9, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    @JG2704 I don't care if you don't like the team. I just wanted an opinion.

    It was just based on the squad selected. If I could go beyond the squad I'd have selected Kerrigan and probably Adam Lyth as well. And neither Buttler nor Prior would be anywhere near the team.

  • KumarSubramanyan on July 9, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    England will have 6 lefthanders in their 11..Cook, Ballance, Moin, Stokes, Broad and Anderson..Playing Ashwin therefore is a no-brainer..My XI would be - Gambhir, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, Binny, Ashwin, Jadeja, Bhuvi and Shami. 3 seamers + 2 spinners..4 seamers not required...Also adds depth to the batting with Bhuvi coming in at No:10.. Pankaj/Ishwar/Aaron could come into reckoning for the 2nd /3rd test..I think its time to say goodbye to Ishant.. consistently in-consistent..continues to bowl 4 to 5 no balls in every spell..

  • JustIPL on July 9, 2014, 0:26 GMT

    The english selectors are right to rotate their all rounders. Jordan impressed with bat and ball and stokes looked very good towards the end of lost aussie series and has a real good chance against indians. Right both teams are rebuilding but only a run separated england and SL in that two test series. Poms also have the home advantage. Specially, they had very good workout against SL while indians have the warmp of fletcher brand. I think indian captain should have asked for more intense warmup and a better chance to bend their back but they opted for low key one and now putting blame on fletcher. May be indian team management remembered zak who broke during warmup game during last tour.

  • dunger.bob on July 8, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    I imagine this is a nerve racking time for both sets of supporters. Both teams have a point to prove and I don't think either is privately sure of how they're going to go. There are so many players missing from the last encounter that previous matches aren't much of a guide. You've got players in both sides that haven't played the other team in Tests before. .. there are just so many unknowns that it makes it a pretty damn interesting series, even for neutrals like myself.

    I'll have a stab at the series result. 2-1 England. .. And I say that with all the confidence of a kitten in the dog pound.

  • vsroc on July 9, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman on (July 9, 2014) It is quite interesting to read the comments of SwamiCricketAnanda, Om Shanthi about the prospects of India against England in the five test cricket series.How calculus, vedic mathematics are utilised in arriving at the expected prediction of the series?.I am curious to know the methodology.

    V.Sethuraman.

  • PeerieTrow on July 9, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    @CodandChips: I agree re Buttler v Prior, if only because Buttler appears to want it more. In addition, unlike Robson I believe Buttler has crossed that line in the sand where he will learn and develop less in the County game than he will in the test arena. He would be my choice, but I don't think he's on Cook's list of favourites. Robson, for me, still has too many basic rough edges that need work. Five seamers? They're the chaps who broke my toes, fingers and spirit. They worry batsmen significantly more than spinners, obviously with the exception of the once in a generation genii. Reading the runes I think we're stuck with Cook for the near future because there isn't perceived to be a replacement captain in the counties.

  • on July 9, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    If there's one thing that was made clear from the SA and NZ matches, it's that Ishant doesn't know what to do when batsmen attack him. Shami couldn't do much either when McCullum blasted his way to a triple century. So for things to change, it might have to be Bhuvi or Binny. Bhuvneshwar has showed throughout his career that he can bowl to attacking batsmen. Even in the recent Ipl, he showed up Dale Steyn, by picking wickets regularly and maintaining a brilliant economy rate. Binny too, has so far been often used as a bowler who comes in when the Rajasthan team needed wickets desperately, so I think India should do okay..... Especially since all of Robson, Cook, Root, Bell and Ballance are all classic batsmen, so they won't attack much unless they get at least 50. Ishant and Shami should be used maximum. For the lower middle order of Ali, Prior, Stokes and Broad, Bhuvi nd Binny will have a major role, not to mention Jadeja 's role. Unlike most others, I wanna see how India bowl. Go

  • on July 9, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    bad weather.... look like washout...

  • on July 9, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    India should have include Gambhir in place oo Dhawan. Rest the team Los balanced. I felt instead of bhuvi, we should have played Pankaj Singh

  • on July 9, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    For God's sake this is a 5 test series, and I hope India sticks to a good 9 - 10 for most of the series rather than making major changes after every test...

  • CodandChips on July 9, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    @JG2704 I don't care if you don't like the team. I just wanted an opinion.

    It was just based on the squad selected. If I could go beyond the squad I'd have selected Kerrigan and probably Adam Lyth as well. And neither Buttler nor Prior would be anywhere near the team.

  • on July 9, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    I'm picking India for the series win as I feel their batting is exceptional and that the likes of Bhuvi Kumar, Ishant and Shami are good enough to take 20 wickets against an inexperienced English batting line-up.

    It will be interesting to see how England play it tactics wise, not just because of Cook, but because the tactics used against SL didn't work out too well and India have a similar array of strengths to them.

    Anyway,looking forward to a good series, I guess whoever wins it can maybe stake a claim as no.3 in the rankings? Though SL and NZ are putting up a good show too, so if these teams wish to stay nearer to the top of the ladder than the bottom they'd best start winning some cricket!

  • SHEREHIND on July 9, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    Cook has good record against India, and i believe he will play major role in this series.

    As far as India is concerned, I am keeping my fingers crossed. With the new talent taking up the responsibility they can only improve upon the past performance when we lost all the matches with most of the greats still in the side.

    So they can only improve in comparison to last tour.

  • JG2704 on July 9, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    @CodandChips - I don't like the team at all - sorry bud. I see the logic re not overworking seamers but we still have 4 seamers so that's the same workload as the 3 seamers and 1 spinner formation. I also could see us not using too much of 1 of the seamers although 2 can hold a bat. If you're going to change the team then I'd say why not bring in a spinner? Ali's ton leaves them in a pickle as it's difficult to drop anyone else. I'd have dropped Bell at any time from beginning of 2012 to mid 2013 where at times he looked hopeless but I don't think he's looked that bad at the crease and he liked playing vs India in 2011. Re Buttler - NO . I'm one of his biggest fans in SFs but is still new to the WK and from reports from fans whose opinion I respect he's not looking great behind the stumps. He's improved as a batsman but if no Prior why not Read? Has slightly better stats than Buttler with the bat this season , it's on his home ground and he is a far better gloveman

  • naveen_next on July 9, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    India (My Pick): 1 Gambhir, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli, 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Stuart Binny, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Ishant Sharma

  • G_R_Nikmal on July 9, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    This is the good tour hope that India will win it.

  • on July 9, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    How long is this "rebuilding" phase going to last this time. The England Rugby Union team have been rebuilding for 11 years.

  • SwamyCricketAnanda on July 9, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    I have meditated on this series for the last 3 weeks. I have consulted several books on astrology, astronomy, caculus and vedic mathematics. I have arrived at the conclusion that this series will be won by India, 3-0. Please bookmark this post and review it at the end of the series.

    Om Shanthi.

  • Kashi0127 on July 9, 2014, 8:56 GMT

    @subhaskar Gambhir got lucky to be in the touring team. Ideally Uthappa should have been making the tour and not Gambhir. GAmbhir days are over other than being a Drinks man.

  • on July 9, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    My playing XI gambhir, dhawan, pujara, virat, rohit, msd, binny, ashwin, buvi, shami, varun. I dont have faith in vijay and sharma

  • on July 9, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    @ramli, reasons to put Saha ahead of Dhoni in tests. 1. He is a way better keeper than Dhoni in tests.No arguments/Discussions there.Period. 2. He is a way better batsman than Dhoni in tests. Again, no arguments here too.

    Dhoni has to justify his place in the playing eleven first and can then think of captaincy. Your statement in itself is wrong. There is every reason in the book to play Saha ahead of Dhoni in tests.

  • on July 9, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    Why is everyone in India after Vijay's head?

    In the Australia series he made a ton of runs. In South Africa and New Zealand, he showed almost unflappable resistance in difficult conditions, which often goes unnoticed as he doesn't get those big scores. The batting did well in SA and NZ, and Vijay's stoic innings were instrumental in that. He has done nothing to get dropped. So people can keep quiet about playing someone else instead of him, and give him an extended run in Tests.

  • Azizul84 on July 9, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    As long as Dhoni is captaining India over seas India is not going to win against stronger team. He can't inspire his team with his bat in over seas condition and reluctant to bat in higher in the order. THis time England's case is different, cook is worse than dhoni as captain

  • on July 9, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    As an Indian my primary worry is bowling. Ishnat has never shown enough mettle to be called spearhead or leader of the attack. Varun, Ishwar, Binny and Pankaj Singh are not lethal by any standards. That makes the Indian attack average at best. Batting looks good with Pujara and Kohli as the main pillars while Dhwan, Vijay, Rahane and Dhoni himself need a bit of improvement, which they are capable of. As for England, I don't really understand if they have a long term plan or are just going through the motions. If they loose and Cook does not perform as a batsman, then England have some really serious worry on hand

  • TennisBounce on July 9, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    The auto load of videos in cricinfo posts are ruining the reputation of the site. The visitors will most certainly be annoyed by this. Please make it as option to play. Approve or disapproving this comment will have no impact unless it reaches the concerned person. Thanks..

  • ramli on July 9, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    @Kalyan Budhavarti ... so in your opinion, Ashwin can just bowl a bit ... he already has >100 wickets in very short time ... and 2 centuries ... and #2 all-rounder in tests in the world ... oh, what an uncharitable comment

  • ramli on July 9, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    @aumlan Guha ... you nailed it ... India needs to show more faith in Ashwin by giving attacking fields as support instead of being told to hold one end and subsequently eased out of XI

  • subhaskar on July 9, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    I don't know why every one adding vijay instead of gambhir

  • ramli on July 9, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    @Kalyan Budhavarti ... MSD has not played domestic cricket, simply because he was in the team in all formats while others were not ... it is not his fault ... and I am not sure whether you have any reason at all to put Saha ahead of MSD in any cricket ... MSD is the best wicket-keeper batsman ever seen in the history of Indian cricket ... it is his statistics that speaks, no bias ... let us wait and see what he achieves in this tour

  • Sexysteven on July 9, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    I can't believe India would leave rohit sharma out along with kohli he is the most talented batsman in India sure he under performs sometimes but seriously he is to good to leave out he makes batting look so easy u have to give him more chances then most cos he is so talented he has agood technique I'm sure he will eventually realise how good he is one day otherwise it would be Asad waste of talent that's for sure

  • trail_blazer_cric on July 9, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    although being an indian, i have to be honest that india is going to lose this series badly as it always has in foreign conditions....i dont know what their problem is and now i have no hope either

  • on July 9, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    Vijay Dhawan Pujara Kohli Rahane Dhoni (c) Binny Jadeja Bhuvi Shami Ishant. That should be playing 11. Gambhir will have to wait. after 2 or 3 tests later. I have a feeling that dhawan will score a ton and big one

  • ramli on July 9, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    @dunger.bob ... it is going to be just the reverse, 1-2 for England ... and I am saying this with all the confidence of a dog in a cat's enclave!!!

  • on July 9, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    Playing XI: Dhawan, Vijay, Puji, Kohli, Rohit, Rahane, Dhoni, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Shami and Ishant. Ashwin(though I am not at all a fan), because, good or bad, if he is in the squad as the main specialist spinner, he should be in the team as well. Vijay, Ashwin and Ishant, all 2 tests. Even if the scoreline is 1-0 to Eng at the end of 3 tests, Dhoni should go, its simple. You can't give an entire series to him.

    My Ideal overseas playing: Gambhit(capt), Dhawan, Puji, Kohli, Rohit, Rahane, Saha, Ojha, Bhuvi, Shami, Ishant/Yadav. Saha, in a recent interview, said he rates the 35 he scored in Adelaide while partnering Kohli in reaching his century better than the IPL final hundred. We need such players and such attitude. People who not only in spirit but in actions too put test cricket in highest regard. We don't need a captain who has not played domestic cricket in 10 years.

  • on July 9, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    I posted this somewhere else but here it is again. An Allrounder: A person who can bat as good as any in the top 6 and can bowl as good as any in the top 4 bowlers. Least to least he is so good in one discipline(batting or bowling) where in he can warrant selection primarily because of that discipline and then can help with the other discipline. Jadeja, Ashwin or Binny are not allrounders. They can bat a bit and can bowl a bit. That does not make them allrounders. None of these 3 can warrant automatic selection in at least 1 discipline. Playing with 2 of these 3 in the team may reduce the workload on the paces but you are only playing with 10 men and handing over the initial advantage to the opposition. Basics of test cricket, Always pick specialists. If you are selecting a bowler, the only criteria should be whose is a better bowler irrespective of whether he can bat or not(case in point, Ojha vs Ashwin/Jadeja). If he is the best bowler and can bat, then you are lucky!

  • Kupendra on July 9, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    It is vary difficult to select India's XI.. But i think it is.. Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Binny, Jadeja, Ashwin, B Kumar, Shami.

  • iamgroot on July 9, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    Many people have highlighted so many issues with Dhoni the Test Captain. Everything stems from poor team selection. Due to selection of one dimensional cricketers like Rohit sharma and Ishanth sharma Dhoni is forced to improvise most of the time which is leading to Wait-n-watch approach for wickets. Below team can do wonders if they are selected 1 M Vijay, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli, 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Stuart Binny, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 Pankaj Singh/ Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Ishant Sharma / Iswar Pandey / Ashwin. Rohit sharma has NO place in this indian test team or ODI team purely because there are far too many better cricketers than him who are having much better skills than him and they are much more dependable. If Dhoni sticks with him then Rohit sharma should be made opener. That is the only vacant spot. He along with Gambhir or Dhawan can open the innings. Iswar pandey deserves chance too.

  • on July 9, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    @jose puliampatta for your information aron is not in Australia along with India A he is in England...... he is in the Indian Squad

  • Snambidi on July 9, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    England& India once again face to face in a Test match.Indeed interesting. India has a balanced Team now.Their strength ,perhaps,with the bat more than the Ball. Fast bowlers of India are unpredictable in England.One aspect is certain .They will concede a lot of runs for the England Batsmen.Aswin,the spinner & Jadeja the all rounder could prove themselves very useful with the ball. England Team is not very familiar .Cook,Root,Prior,& Bell are well known.but the absence of veterans like Andrew Strauss,,Kevin Pieterson,Jonathan Trot& Swan can not be easily compensated by the new players. If the weather which normally comes to the rescue of England in a crisis,behaves the chances are 60:40 percent in favor of India. Rain should go away paving way for full time play. Let us see the trend on the first two days.Toss could be vital .if India wins Toss they should necessarily bat first following the general convention in. 5 Day Test. Indians look like favorites provided Rains allow the game wi

  • crzcric on July 9, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    If there is no DRS, Then good luck to England.India will to anything to win this series. Its almost ike playing in India.flat pitches and dry weather.

  • on July 9, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    It will be very difficult task for Dhoni and Team to Select playing 11. My playing 11 will be 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Murali Vijay, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat kohli, 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 MS Dhoni, 7 Stuart Binny, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Ishant Sharma All the Very Best Team INDIA..... !!

  • on July 9, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    @Those who want Aaron to bowl in this test. He is in Australia playing for India A. So is the case with Umesh Yadav! (since a few referred to the need for playing Yadav too)

  • sexydream on July 9, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    The english selectors are right to rotate their all rounders. Jordan impressed with bat and ball and stokes looked very good towards the end of lost aussie series and has a real good chance against indians. Right both teams are rebuilding but only a run separated england and SL in that two test series. Poms also have the home advantage. Specially, they had very good workout against SL while indians have the warmp of fletcher brand. I think indian captain should have asked for more intense warmup and a better chance to bend their back but they opted for low key one and now putting blame on fletcher. May be indian team management remembered zak who broke during warmup game during last tour. I imagine this is a nerve racking time for both sets of supporters. Both teams have a point to prove and I don't think either is privately sure of how they're going to go. There are so many players missing from the last encounter that previous matches aren't much of a guide.

  • on July 9, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    I loved KP's tweet in quote unquote..Hilarious!

  • on July 9, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    @DAY.BEFORE.TOMORROW- Mate, This is cricket not football..I think you're still high after Germany's crushing victory over Brazil.. Go get some help, You need it..

  • sexydream on July 9, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    My Team 1. Gautam Gambhir 2. Rohit Sharma 3. Cheteswar Oujara 4. Virat Kholi 5. Ajinkya Rahane 6. MS Dhoni 7. Stuart Binny 8. R Ashwin 9. Jadeja 10. Pankaj Sing 11. Md Shami..

  • drsamprasad on July 9, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    My preferred 11 would be Gambhir Rohit Pujara Kohli Rahane Dhoni Binny Jadeja Ashwin Kumar Shami !!!

  • mayuresh11 on July 9, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    my team would be gambhir pujara to open rahane kohli dhoni and rohit to follow biny ashwin(5 left handers in england) shami bhuvi ishant sharma/aron

    if india drop gambhir and rohit i think india batting would be ordinary. if vijay and dhawan would open than its sure that we will lose the match.

    so pick 1 of them or no 1 so that our batting and bowling line up would be equally supported in bowling rohit and kohli will ball some overs and in batting binny and aswhin will help.

    rohit is the only one who can bowl some off spin among all other batsman in the team .

    whats your view ?

  • CodandChips on July 9, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    @fguy @PrinceOfSalem Apologies. When I said Dhoni is a poor keeper, what I really should have said is he kept poorly in 2011 when India last toured. I just remember him continuously dropping the ball off the seamers (though he didn't drop many catches, just balls that went through without any batsman intervention).

    His test batting has certainly improved,and he has been fantastic after England last toured India.

    Dhoni the captain has got an interesting time. I've always considered him a captain of her great players who has great coaches to help him rather than a great captain. But that's just my opinion.

    @Chomolungma apologies. I do seem to single out Bell too much. But if Bell to open in your side, why remove Robson? Surely he deserves a place more than Cook? Does this also mean you agree with my logic for Buttler over Prior? And what about my 5 seamers idea?

    @JG2704 What do you think re my suggested team with 5 seamers?

  • srinideva on July 9, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    ""if Ishant Sharma can survive that bowling average after 55 Tests, he can survive anything."" we better use him in army than cricket field..I like this sentence.

  • on July 9, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    My India eleven:Gautam gambhir,Rohit sharma,Virat kohli,cheteshwar pujara,Ajinkya rahane,MSDhoni,Stuart Binny,R Ashwin,Bhuvaneshwar Kumar,Mohammedshami,Ishwar Pandey.

    But dhoni may be choosing vijay or dhawan in place of rohit and ishant in place of ishwar. Very challenging task for dhoni and his team. Will be good to see thier win in these overseas conditions.

  • DaisonGarvasis on July 9, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    It was in England Ganguly and Dravid started their careers. When Ganguly was picked for the team there were so much noice against it but just made his bat talk. Nobody knew Dravid and Ganguly when they travelled to England. By the time they finished that tour they were well known. Comparing the starting point (ONLY), the India line up is in much better state in terms of reputation than Ganguly and Dravid were. Its another matter Ganguly and Dravid retired as LEGENDS. Just a reminder how humble they both had started. This is time for Pujara, Kohli, Rahane and so on to leave their mark. Stand up and get counted.

  • on July 9, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    My Team 1 Gambhir, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Pujara, 4 Kohli, 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Stuart Binny, 8 Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Ishant Sharma

  • dee135 on July 9, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    liam plumket is the main threat for these indian batsman with his pace short ball and negative bowling from round the wicket on the ribcages....hahah

  • Alexk400 on July 9, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    I think India will win first TEST on the performance of B kumar and muhammed sami. Without KP this england team do not have mojo. only balance and root score some runs. That is about it.

  • prakash_mishra on July 9, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    I think the best XI would be : Dhawan, Rahane, Pujara, Kohli, Sharma, Dhoni, Binny, Jadeja, P.Singh, Aaron and Shami. Try this combination for the 1st test at least. The pacers have to be rotated through the series based on their performances and workload. Please No Ishant Sharma and B.Kumar. Ishant is a lost cause and B.Kumar with his Military medium pace is not even a proper full time bowler for Christ sake. I am not sure if Binny will contribute much or may be he can be replaced by a batsman. Aaron and Shami should definitely play as they have pace at their disposal. P.Singh has looked okay during warm-ups. Jadeja might be useful with bowl and if pitches are dry and favor spin, May be Ashwin can replace Binny in future matches (Which I am sure will happen). Rahane should be tried at opening slot as he is a natural opening batsman rather than wasting a slot on Gambhir or Vijay. May be W.Shah could be drafted in if a batsman (may be Sharma) keeps failing.

  • pdeep on July 9, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    I think more or less this is going to be a boring series. The reason being we do not have great battles to look forward to. Except from Kohli all others are mediocre in Indian time. Can visualize how Gambhir will get out... seen n number of times earlier.. Less we talk about Engaland the better.With legends retired and no quality ..going to be more Hype and no susbstance Cricket Test Series which isn't good for the game. Only handful of countries playing with this quality..Except for India in future Cricket is going to Die.

  • DAY.BEFORE.TOMORROW on July 9, 2014, 5:05 GMT

    1ST TEST SCORE CARD: England 777/7 decl. A.Cook 199, G.Ballance 299, J.Anderson 99 n.o. V.Kohli 5/555, S.Dhawan 2/111 India 1st Innings 99 all out R.Ashwin 89 n.o. Moeen Ali 8/55, M.Prior 2/22, 2nd Innings 199 all out, R.Ashwin 159 n.o. G.Ballance 7/77, J.Root 3/1. By an innings and 479 runs

  • KANCHANA623 on July 9, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    England are favorites to win the series. It could be 4-0 or 4-1 England win.

  • black_bird on July 9, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    Whitewash for england. They will surrender to mighty india by loosing all tests by innings. Kohli, top scorer. Jadeja, top wicket takers. Case dismissed.

  • on July 9, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    This series will be a stepping stone for the carriers of the batsmen on both side. Legends will surely emerge for this series and will play for atleast next 10 years. Wishing both the teams success. As Indian, i just hope our bowling dept clicks.

  • Darkmanx12155 on July 9, 2014, 4:49 GMT

    @ din7: One thing at a time mate. Hope to see you here after india beat england on their back yard. Aussies are a NO MATCH for this mighty indian team especially for kohli and ishant. If the next tour is the Aussie tour, I wont hesitate to bet that kohli will score 4 consecutive 100+s(unlike Sangakkaras 7 consecutive 50s) in aussie and ishant will get to his 250th test wicket at the end of that tour.

    Admit it, all haters of indian cricket and their habit to beat any team in the world. kohli is the best batsman the world has ever seen. he will go on to score 100th test 100 in another 5 years surpassing sachin. Only india has produce super human talented players in that caliber mate.

  • mangeshg16 on July 9, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    India XI : - Gambhir, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Rahane, Jadeja, Bhuvi, Shami & Ishant.. i think its time to say goodbye to Vijay & Ashwin.. India will win with this XI. Good luck boys!

  • hanumanthchavala on July 9, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    even with bad batting lineup pak at no.2 in tests and sa and aus shares no.1 with 123 points we are talking about our indian batting very well but they failed to draw atleast pity we are no.4

  • cricket_ahan on July 9, 2014, 4:08 GMT

    Ishant needs to make way for Pankaj Singh. If India are serious about "rebuilding", it means shedding the dead wood from the existing squad, and that means Ishant. His inclusion in the squad surely comes off the back of the number of wickets he took on the last few tours in SA and NZ, but surely the runs and the general inconsistency he brings (and frequent overstepping) goes against the Indian team as a whole being able to build pressure. And that more than anything is what will assist them in getting 20 wickets - on all recent tours England have shown weakness in mental resolve when their backs are against the wall, and India need to exploit this.

  • JustIPL on July 9, 2014, 3:56 GMT

    In short india have to bat better than sri lankans and bowl better then them as well to have a chance to win or draw the tests.

  • sampu_sheikh on July 9, 2014, 3:51 GMT

    My India XI: Dhawan, Pujara, Gambhir, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, Binny, Jadeja, Bhuvi, Shami and Aaron. This is a good team because in the top 8, there is a good mix of left and right handed batsman. Bhuvi has new ball swing, Shami has reverse swing and pace, Aaron has raw pace and bounce. Binny and Jadeja should contribute 25-30 overs a day and about 75 runs between them. Please no Ishant and Vijay... India will win with this XI. Good luck boys!

  • on July 9, 2014, 3:45 GMT

    All the best India to change last few years disappointed overseas tours. Ashwin and Jadeja both need to play. That gives England bit headache to face good bowling attack from both ends. Indian test win will put too much pressure Cook to continue as captain sure.

  • SANATP22 on July 9, 2014, 3:40 GMT

    India (possible): 1 M Vijay, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli, 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Stuart Binny/Rohit Sharma, 8 Ravindra Jadeja/R Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Ishant Sharma/Pankaj Singh

    England (possible): 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Sam Robson, 3 Gary Ballance, 4 Ian Bell, 5 Joe Root, 6 Moeen Ali, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Ben Stokes, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 Liam Plunkett, 11 James Anderson

  • din7 on July 9, 2014, 3:37 GMT

    @Darkmanx12155 DREAM ON! hahahahah they might win this one seeing the english side but their next tour is AUS where 4-0 is already on the cards...so dream on may be for nxt 10 to 15 yrs for india to be no1 in tests only after playin some home series, thats our only chance! let them win these series if they lose 4-0 they will go down to no7....hahahahahah

  • Kinguru007. on July 9, 2014, 3:33 GMT

    I think they should start up with Gambhir....This could be his last series!

  • Darkmanx12155 on July 9, 2014, 3:18 GMT

    kohli will score 5 consecutive 100 + scores and ishanth sharma will get to his 200 test wicket by the end of this tour. Cook, bell, prior, andersson and broad will be forced to retire after england lose to india on their home soil. this will be indias first step in getting to the number 1 test team in the world. nice to be the number 1 in tests for a team which is already the number 1 in ODIs and T20s. Go ishanth, show all these haters out there what you can do in helping conditions.

  • ITJOBSUCKS on July 9, 2014, 3:07 GMT

    @ LAKingsFan Before posting anything, just check the facts!!! Sachin scored nearly 300 runs in Eng in 2011 while dravid scored around 440 runs....SRT & Kohli scored nearly 300 runs in Aus in 2011!! Sachin scored 90 odd & a 50+ in Eng & scored a 70+ & 80+ in Aus......Laxman, sehwag, gambhir failed in both the tours while dravid failed miserably in Aus getting bowled in most of the innings even though he did well in Eng!! Sachin performance wasn't that bad in Aus(avg 35) & Eng(avg 35)!!!

  • on July 9, 2014, 2:53 GMT

    I think india is going to repeat history this time. Their win percentage outside sub continent is only 12.7% . So this will be the turning point to england team and their cption. So england will win this sieries 3-1 or 3-0.......

  • on July 9, 2014, 2:20 GMT

    Good luck for India. As a Sri Lankan I feel Gambhir and Rohit Sharma should include for strengthen the batting.

  • goldeneye075 on July 9, 2014, 2:14 GMT

    I think the word "Rebuilding" is the most over used word in the world in Cricket. I have been hearing this word since Dravid & Laxman retired from cricket, how long can u utter this word??? When will the rebuilding would STOP?? Common Sense people!!!

  • kunderanengineer on July 9, 2014, 1:43 GMT

    Why do I get this funny feeling that when England are in dire straits and need something to lift their confidence, a home series with India is just what the doctor ordered?

  • on July 9, 2014, 1:37 GMT

    virat kholi (aka sachin tendulkar X 10)and ishant sharma (aka wasim akram of india) will blow away the england team. kholi will score 5 consecutive 100 and ishant will get to his 200th test wicket. this will be a big headache for the officials to select the MOM and MOS. after this tour, cook, bell, andersson, prior will be forced to retire from test cricket... time for england to pay for what happend in 2011

  • on July 9, 2014, 1:08 GMT

    If Gautam Gambhir doesn't open in this series, there is no hope and the whole tour of England becomes pointless.

  • MinusZero on July 9, 2014, 0:50 GMT

    I think India's batting is the weakest it has been in a long time. There is a lot of pressure on Pujara and Kohli. I am not convinced by Vijay and Dhawan seems like a Sehwag clone but not as good. Gambhir should play ahead of Vijay so they have an experienced player at the top.

  • landl47 on July 9, 2014, 0:24 GMT

    This series has been analyzed to death, so it's time to play. May both sides play their best cricket and may the best side win.

  • on July 9, 2014, 0:21 GMT

    Y r they giving game to murali vijay y they did not select rohit sharam

  • vik-expert on July 8, 2014, 23:55 GMT

    I don't understand why people are criticising I Sharma. Look at his last 4 innings test bowling 33.4-4-134-6(WK), 10.2-3-28-3, 17-3-51-6, 45-4-164-0. Easily the best fast bowler in last 2 overseas tours & Shami took 1, 3, 4 and 2 wickets in last 4 innings. I Sharma took 20 wickets & Shami took 16 wickets in last 4 tests. I don't know why people are mumbling here so much about I Sharma. M Vijay needs to sit out because he made 54 runs in last 5 innings. I think all these overseas tours our fielding was the one which was a big let down. Too many dropped catches. Kohli dropped a lolly catch of BB McCullum when he was on the score of 8 & BB McCullum end it up making 300 odd & he saved the match for NZ & the result was 1-0. The first match against SA Murli & Rohit dropped Faf twice. The 1st test team should be G Gambhir, S Dhawan, C Pujara. V Kohli, A Rahane, M Dhoni. R Binny. R Jadeja. B Kumar. M Shami, I Sharma.

  • ChiragPathak on July 8, 2014, 23:42 GMT

    . Gambhir is not going to select, what a joke ! M.Vijay can not replace much better batsman Gambhir. I have strong feeling that with out Gambhir, we can not win overseas Test/ODI series .

  • TeamSelector on July 8, 2014, 23:30 GMT

    When exactly did Jadeja leapfrog Ashwin to become India's main spinner? And speaking of main spinners, where is England's??? (& don't tell me it's Moeen Ali). Also Rohit should definitely play at #6, with Dhoni at #7. You should never weaken your strength (batting) in order to strengthen your weakness (bowling).

  • JustIPL on July 8, 2014, 23:29 GMT

    Experience will not make players that better rather they are impressive from the word go. Examples are tendulkar, dravid, ganguly, sehwag, kumble, sri nath, kapil dev etc. Four tests in SA/NZ proved Kohli can save india or even create a winning chance and if he misses out then india cannot draw games easily or win. Pujara is also important and both can create a collective impact.

  • insightfulcricketer on July 8, 2014, 22:57 GMT

    This Indian squad promises a lot especially with the batting. If Kohli, Dhawan and Pujara deliver they will provide runs in quick time and set it up for Indian bowlers wirh runs in boatloads and days to complete the 4th ininngs.Like they did in SA and Wellington. Now it is going to be Dhoni's guile and leadership which can winkle 20 English wickets out somehow with this bowling attack. He has to be demanding with the bowlers that they adhere to certain plans. If Bhuvi does not bowl at least a foot and a half up , Ishant does not consistently bowl the in-cutter in the in-between driving lengths then they have to be told that this is their last spell in test cricket.In no uncertain terms. That fear needs to be instilled in the bowlers that they cannot become Steyn overnight but atleast stop pretending to be one and stick honestly to captain's plan. This lack of discipline and appetiite for a battle in Indian bowlers will eventually demolish aggressive mindset of batsmen

  • JG2704 on July 8, 2014, 22:33 GMT

    @Coolcapricorn on (July 8, 2014, 14:02 GMT)Cook struggled vs SL's attack who (on paper) looked pretty innocuous

    @ac_Indian on (July 8, 2014, 15:22 GMT) He'd be priceless mate , priceless

  • JG2704 on July 8, 2014, 22:33 GMT

    From the squad they have I'd say this was the best playing 11 for England.

    I still feel it may be a little short sighted in not having a specialist spinner andto me it says that we have no faith in any of our spinners. Ali is a batsman who bowls a little spin.I'd probably try to put a spinner in the side instead of Stokes maybe? Had Ali failed in the last test they may have had an easier decision but it has put us in a difficult position if we want to make room for a specialist spinner. As I put in another thread - if Prior doesn't make it then I would have definitely have picked Read. A far better gloveman than Buttler and he seems to be doing well with the bat this season and on his home ground.

  • JustIPL on July 8, 2014, 22:20 GMT

    Kohli has a definite impact as in the four tests against sa and nz he scored hundereds in the first and last test which india drew while in the two middle tests he could save india from defeat. First test agains sa he brought india even at the brink of a win squandered by the bowlers.

  • on July 8, 2014, 22:18 GMT

    The most amazing scoreline in world cup history! Brazil 1-7 Germany! C'mon Virat! Let's win it for India this time in England like your team Germany is destroying every defense in front of them.. Let's bury England cricket!

  • on July 8, 2014, 22:08 GMT

    this series is indias to take for. england not so confident and not performing well. captain under pressure. wickets and weather is not that hard for india. conditions will be ok for young indian side . and if they show same fight as they did in SA then they can easily win it.

    england need to sort their issues soon. bowling and captain are really struggling.

  • on July 8, 2014, 21:01 GMT

    No point going with the 5th bowler just for the sake of it. The bowler has to be an all rounder. I don't think teams play with 5 specialist bowlers anymore. It's always 4 + 1 allrounder.

    Im that scenario I would prefer Ashwin over Binny as he is much better bat.

  • on July 8, 2014, 20:58 GMT

    Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Rahane, MSD, Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar, Shami, Ishant.

    I still believe if India wants to go with another bowler it should be Ashwin as he is a much better batsman. The 5th bowler has to be an allrounder and Ash is a dependable bat in test cricket.

  • Nampally on July 8, 2014, 20:49 GMT

    If Dhoni decides to play Rahane & Binny over Rohit & say Aaron or Pankaj, we are left wondering about the reliability of 2 new comers. Rahane may not be far behind Rohit, but it is Binny who is an unknown product. Can Dhoni risk playing someone who may not contribute anything in bowling & batting rather than go with a known bowler? I wish Binny all the luck if he plays in XI. The best we can expect from him is about 8 to 12 overs of bowling to keep the runs down & relieve other 3 pace bowlers. Jadeja will be the other guy playing a similar role but with outstanding fielding. I presume Dhoni had to play Binny at some stage. He felt more comfortable in playing him in the first test & see his potential. Guys like L.Shukla, Rishi Dhawan & A.Nayar were better known pace bowling all rounders but excluded in favour of Binny. The rest of the team is predictable with Ishant being Dhoni's favourite. We can wish Dhni & Team India all the luck. I wonder whether DRS is still unacceptable in series!

  • PrinceOfSalem on July 8, 2014, 20:28 GMT

    @CodandChips. I'm sorry, I don't think Dhoni's keeping is poor. He does not have the flashing dives and sledgings that other keepers do. But you wud never see him miss anything. He is by far the best keeper in the world in terms of dependability. Ofcourse, I agree, Dhoni the test skipper has left a lot to desire. Times are changing with him now favoring the 5 bowler strategy and I have a gut feeling that at No.6 he is going to have a magic series. Mark my word.never count out the steely resolve of the man Dhoni, or else how would you even imagine a team winning those great world tournaments (limited overs) with such a mediocre attack.

  • B.R.K.R on July 8, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    wish dhoni all the best !

  • Stumay on July 8, 2014, 20:18 GMT

    India to win, Cook and Prior to fail again, completely unsuitable field placings to greet each Indian batsman, Anderson to be bowled into the ground and nothing to change for the second test.

  • nlpdave on July 8, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    England almost never pick the best players or a balanced side. My XI in batting order would be. Root. Cook. Ali. Taylor. Bell. Rashid. Prior. Stokes. Plunkett. Anderson. Gurney. Balanced, attacking with a view to take 20 wickets. There is ample batting to get a score and a variety of quality bowling options. England won't do this of course and let the press pick the side as usual which is why they will never ever have a truly world beating side.

  • Cobra0077 on July 8, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    We all know how India's bowling & also the batting of both the teams. Hence I would say it mostly depends upon how the English bowling fares. If they bowl good the series is theirs.

  • Cric__Dude on July 8, 2014, 19:44 GMT

    Selectors, how could you leave Umesh Yadav? Umesh wins over Aaron any day. I still can't forget when he broke Brendon McCullum's (NZ in India) partnership on a dead pitch. Aaron has pace (3-4 kmph more thats manageable) but no control at all. I am actually a fan of true pace (forget line and length) but Aaron is not true pace. Mitchell Johnson or Shaun Tait are true pace. I feel sympathetic with Abhimanyu Mithun. He bowled his heart out in his debut in Sri Lanka. That was absolutely dead pitch. He actually took Dilshan's wicket in his first or second over only to be given not-out by umpire. That was plumb. Look at the replay if you got doubt. Do not make him another Murali Kartik. He gets wickets in heaps in Ranji. I see Mithun, Ishwar Panday and HS Sharath as next 3 after Bhuvi, Shami and Umesh. Reward performances. Why can't you try KL Rahul in place of Vijay? Rahul is very very solid. He is best suited with Dhawan/Gambhir in tests (young as well). Invest in future.

  • IndTheBest on July 8, 2014, 19:36 GMT

    Good playing eleven for India except Ishant Sharam. I'd rather debut Pankaj Singh over persisting Ishant.

  • Cric__Dude on July 8, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    I understand that Rohit Sharma fans (those who are picking 7 batsmen) will be disappointed if Binny takes up that slot. But please understand we can't go with 4 bowlers. Even if Binny doesn't take wicket, he can bowl 10-15 overs a day keeping the 3 pacers fresh. Imagine 25 overs from each of 3 pace bowlers in one day. They are not bowling machines guys. Some are arguing why 2 all-rounders (Jadeja and Binny) saying they are good at nothing and hence take 1. Guys, why do you need to bother if they have real quality or not as long as they perform. There are many hardcore Anti-Dhoni guys in India questioning his quality and aggression in tests; bottomline is there is no one to replace him. Same is the case with Binny now. He is not a bowler like Flintoff or a batsman like Kallis but who else is there to take up his slot. You can't go with 2 spinners, 3 pacers (2 spinners is waste). You cant go with 1 spinner and 4 pacers (batting will get very weak). You cant go with 4 bowlers as i said..

  • on July 8, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    Drop vijay n ishant. from the first test match bring pankaj singh and gauti

  • PeerieTrow on July 8, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    I normally find it difficult to disagree with your logic CadandChips, but you're back on your soap-box about Bell again. I agree he needs a kick up the backside, but you shouldn't need to drop him to do that. The fact that neither captain nor coach appears to have the ability to read him his horoscope in a meaningful way doesn't mean he should be dropped to my mind. I'd take your team, drop Robson and put Bell in at #2 on a final warning. That warning would be, "It's your place to lose. The plan is that you bat at #2 for the series, but if you haven't contributed significantly and regularly by the end of the third test you're out."

  • on July 8, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    gambhir dhawan kohli pujara sharma dhoni jadeja shami ishant buvi binny/or some other batsmen wud be better....thats my 11....ashwin might well be left out...coz he has not been taking wickets at all outside india

  • on July 8, 2014, 19:14 GMT

    as simple as it gets....its kohli and pujara vs broad and anderson....I have no expectations from dhoni or sharma....dhawan might turn up this series coz he was the best indian batsmen when india won the champions trophy last year in England....England are already down with lanka putting somw serious brakes for England....cook's captaincy is under serious criticism....and m sure of this its do or die for both captains specially cook....he will lose it if England lose this time around...

  • Cric__Dude on July 8, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    Somebody mentioned Karun Nair and Sanju Samson here. Absolutely correct. As Ian Chappel says, Dhoni has continued as captain for long. Let him continue to lead India in ODI and T20 as long as he can. But tests and as well as future ODI and T20, Sanju Samson is our future. Instead of Saha, Samson could have been included in Bangla series as well as this one. Let him not play even one test in this series. Let him just get a feel of international cricket and tough tests. We need him by next 1/2 years. Atleast after 2015 World Cup he should be tried.

  • fguy on July 8, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    @CodandChips on (July 8, 2014, 17:50 GMT) "...Dhoni's keeping and captaincy is poor." i strongly disagree with you there wrt the first part of that statement. yes, his TEST captaincy is poor. but he is a good wicketkeeper (& the best stumper in the biz). he may not look elegant but - & i hope i dont put the mockers on him by saying this - he doesnt miss out on chances be they catches/stumpings. i dont recall him dropping a catch ever. its fashionable amongst critics & even indian fans to say he isnt good but i think he's vastly underrated.

  • on July 8, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    @ raut....you want ashwin and jadeja both in the team ? r u like kidding me....england might not even play a single spinner taken into consideration the conditions and you want India to go for 2 main line spinners ?? its just unbelievable

  • on July 8, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    my team is gambhir dhawan pujara kohli rohit dhoni jadeja binny bhuvi ishant shami....no ashwin plzzz....waste of having him in the team in England...ashwin is more of a batsmen then a quality spinner....so no to ashwin in this series....dhoni bhai think wisely....this shud not be a csk team again with vijay n ashwin ...we need experience of gauti in the top....

  • AKS286 on July 8, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    Woakes is not suitable for tests or even in any other format right now. Nick Compton what he has done wrong ?- "_Real_Nick" Only too slow, I miss Compton in Ashes because at least ENG needs one person to stand on Wickets, he has the capability to stand and also defuse the new ball. About Hales is the perfect young talent and He can replace or He definately fulfill the KP's position. Morgan is ahead of Ali. Tredwell no magical fingers only bowls to the basics which is more effective for a off- spinner.

  • Cricfever_PM on July 8, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    The serious which entire Indian cricket fan is looking to take revenge against England. Frankly telling it can't be revenge serious for India as we need get proper team 1st and think of revenge, for me winning a single test would be great achievement. Shami and Bhuvi can swing well and the Trend Bridge is favorite place for India to start the winning. Best of Luck India!!

  • on July 8, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    my team is gautam gambhir. shikar dhawan. virat kohli. pujara. rohit sharma.dhoni. binny. jadeja. aswin. bhuvi. shami.

  • fguy on July 8, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    it's going to be a boring series. not because of the captains/players but bcoz of the english weather & the constant rain interruptions that come with it

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 8, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    @AKS286 (post on July 8, 2014, 17:25 GMT): I don't know what you think Robson and Ali have done wrong to justify omission, but Carbs would/should be the last player to replace either of them and I reckon (rightly or wrongly) that Hales will only ever play short formats for England. Likewise, Tredwell will in all likelihood be a short-format option only; but it is annoying that England aren't willing to try a spinner, and if it's deemed too risky/cruel to blood one of the youngsters now in tests against India of all teams, and Magic Monty's off-field antics have made him unplayable, then there's not much choice in the matter. Think Onions is still injured by the way, otherwise I'd prefer him to Woakes, Stokes and even Plunkett.

  • CodandChips on July 8, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    For England I'd use the squad radically. Cook can't be dropped as he has no backup. But drop the disappointing Bell and Prior. In Bell's case it is more of a kick up the backside. Move Ali up to 4. Bring in Stokes and Woakes. Take out Jordan. And of course play Buttler.

    I know. 5 seamers perhaps seams radical. But with no spinner we need more seamers so they don't get exhausted (though I'm sure Anderson will still bowl half the overs with Cook captain). And there would still be enough batting.

    Buttler is interesting. Though he doesn't completely convince me, his batting has improved and hopefully his keeping as. He can't be worse than Prior was. And the idea of him debuting excites me. Though I doubt he'll play. It happened before with Davies as a reserve in 2012, but Prior played with conjunctivitis. And Brisbane with Bairstow. So I'm sure Prior would play on crutches if needed.

    I'd go: 1.Cook 2.Robson 3.Ballance 4.Ali 5.Root 6.Stokes 7.Woakes 8.Buttler 9.Broad 10.Plunkett 11.Ander

  • on July 8, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    i think gowthi should open for india .he is a experienced opener so he should be picked instead of shikar

  • LAKINGSFAN on July 8, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    Remember, India was not that far from winning a test apiece in both SA and NZ. In both tours, the first test was within the grasps for India. I really like the middle order with Pujara and Kohli than the ageing Sachin and VVS.

  • CodandChips on July 8, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    This series will be very close.

    Both teams are at intersting points. India are inexperienced. There seam bowling is lacking. Dhoni's keeping and captaincy is poor. But the pitches are dry,.like India enjoyed in the CT13. There spin combination should be effective. Both are excellent batsmen also (Jadeja has domestic triple hundreds and Ashwin was their second best batsman when England toured India. And there batsmen have scored runs in test cricket and faced pace.

    England have lost many matches but there young batsmen scored runs. Cook's batting and captaincy are coming concerns. Bell is concern. Prior's keeping, batting and fitness are concerns. England's bowlers can be effective though looked exhausted at times and aren't suited to dry pitches. And they lack a spinner.

    I can see any result really due to the fraile nature of both sides. I guess India are slight favourites. Perhaps 1-2 a guess.

  • on July 8, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    @Anand P and most you all as well, agree with you.Look, basics of test cricket.You always select specialists. You simply cannot have Binny and Jadeja in the team(for that matter, Jadeja in tests). Two bits and pieces will make for only 1 cricketer. That is like playing with 10 men. If you want to strengthen the bowling, go for an extra bowler and play with 6 batsman. But with Dhoni at No 6, that would be a major risk.Rohit should be played. Yes he had a bad previous tour but not as bad are people are making it. He still scored more runs than Vijay and most importantly, Dhoni. And I am sure this series will define him. What most people don't see is he can be the solution to the 5th bowler problem ala JP for SA or Root for Eng. I am not at all a fan, but however bad he is, when Ashwin is in the squad as the specialist spinner, he should be in the teamas the specialist spinner. Ishant, having experience, will get a go for 2 tests and rightly so. I am sure he too knows it well be his last.

  • B.R.K.R on July 8, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    @Karthik Raj, i think that the team follows the captain's leadership style and his way of thinking and approaching the game and sets the theme for the game, ganguly had his way of working, dhoni has his way of working, both chose players with whom they fit in and gel well together and produce good results to keep the captainship going. its ultimately a team sport and more often than not a bunch of good players functioning as a team will always beat a bunch of superstars relying on individual brilliance.

  • sudhindranath on July 8, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    It will be interesting if England win the toss and put India in. The first day is likely to be cold (under 20 deg C max temp) and also windy in the afternoon.

    If the day ends at India 250+ for less than 5 wickets, India is up. If it ends with India less than 250 and lost 8 wickets or more, it will be England's day. Anything in between will mean the honors are even.

  • LAKINGSFAN on July 8, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    In 2011, India had unnecessary ageing baggage like Sachin,VVS, Viru and Gambhir(slightly younger). In that 8-0 result, both Sachin and VVS occupied two slots and did nothing. They hardly scored any fifties/centuries. That's 2 wickets for the opposition easily in the middle order. And, Tendulkar continued his poor form in home tests against Eng and Australia only to conquer his 100th 100. In which Ind lost to England solely by the effort of Sachin. This is a different team. India is never expected to dominate in bowling but they should be in batting. Hope they do this time.

  • AKS286 on July 8, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    Cook, Carbs, Bell, Hales, Ballance, Root, Prior, Plunkett, Tredwell, Broad, Jimmy. If Tredwell or any other specialist spinner not added then replace him with Roland Jones or Onion.

  • on July 8, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    If you want to play 5 bowlers, you should play either binny or Jadeja at no 6 to give them confidence as specialist batsman and strong statement to opponents that we have 7 batsmen in the line up. It will be better rather playing at 7 & 8, with out more regular batsman batting with him.. more ever, they have a potential to bat, jaddu have 2 triple tons in first class cricket although it is on flat decks, it shows his ability to play long innings

  • Chaitanyareddy90 on July 8, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    My team dhawan,vijay,pujara, kohli,rahane,dhoni,binny, jadeja,bhuvi,shami, ishant

  • AKS286 on July 8, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    Poms are favourite no doubt i miss Roland Jones and AD Hales in the squad. Carbs should get another chance and replace Robson, Tredwell over Stokes also.

  • on July 8, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    This should be a very interesting series. England are far worse and unstable than they were in 2011. India have improved and have a young squad this time. This tour will be a real test for Pujara and Kohli. They did play in SA and NZ, but two-test series are not enough, in my opinion. England were beaten by the Sri Lankans and hence, will be vulnerable this time around. Their batting line-up is rather inexperienced and Cook is struggling with his form. India will surely look to take advantage of that and Kumar and Shami should make most of English conditions.

  • on July 8, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    There's no point playing Jadeja if you're playing Binny. Ashwin can bat too, put him in instead of Jadeja. We want a regular spinner, and while Ashwin has struggled outside India, there have been signs of improvement recently.

  • on July 8, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    Indian possible list is good. 5 bowlers + 6 batsmen it is winning combination...... may be using vijay for their offbreak bowling in this test. Vijay prove his bowling talent while comparing Ashwin in the second warm-up match. India having the ability to take 20 wickets......

  • on July 8, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    A 5th bowler may well backfire as the batting ia still shaky. MSD at number six doesn't inspire any confidence in test match cricket. Binny with hia low FC average, won't be much effective with the bat. I would still go with Rohit in the first tes.

  • AS7777 on July 8, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    Indian bowlers needs to concentrate on a discipline bowling strategy rather than worrying about what they have got. English pitches always provides something for the bowlers and its up to the bowlers to extract it. SL bowlers in the last series virtually unknown when the series starts and at the end many accepted that they bowled well much better lengths than English bowlers. Hope it will be a cracking series and may the better team wins. From SL fan.

  • BradmanBestEver on July 8, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    A test for two crumbling teams

  • on July 8, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    Pankaj Singh deserves a chance. He should be chosen over Ishant or Shami. The guy is a lot different. Hope Binny plays and Gambhir should be chosen over Vijay.

  • on July 8, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    I think Rohit Sharma should be in playing 11. No point in trying Binny ahead of Rohit. Rohit is settking well enough in tests. Agreed he didnt have memorable SA & NZ tour. But one should not forget SA was his first overseas tour outside subcontinent. Every barsmen in wirld has always struggled in their first overseas attempt. But we should also realise as tour progrssed Rohit started playing well. In NZ Rohit scored brillient 68 in first test & played very important knock of 31 notout in second test saved test match for India with Virat. Plus in England Rohit performed brilliently in CT last year. Plus Rohit has best tecnic facing short ball. Binny is a good player, but it will be a huge risk to get him ahead of Rohit. Binny's BD performance cant be a mejor as BD is a weak side and the wicket was like Kanga League. In tour match Binny scored 81 runs agaunst thise bowlers who are not even in playing 11 in there domastuc level. Rohit must play in playing 11. All the best Rohit and India.

  • desiboy454 on July 8, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    I extremely sad to see Ishant in the playing XI. Honestly, I am so tired of his 2nd string domestic bowling. I highly doubt he willl have an impact in this series. He can't swing the ball, he doesn't have pace, bowls way to short. I know this wont happen, but how bold would it be if MSD/Fletcher gave Pankaj or Varun a go. Personally if the pitch is a little dry and hard, I would play Aaron, just raw pace, he will leak runs, but thats where Radeja and Binny have to stop the flow, and let the 3 seamers run wild.Murali Vijay needs to be given his chance in the first 2 games, if he fails, bring in GG, and if dhawan also fails, have Rohit open. My xi for first test: 1. Vijay 2. Dhawan 3. Pujara 4. Virat 5. Rahane/Rohit 6. MSD 7. Binny 8. Radeja 9. Bhuvi 10. Shami 11. Pankaj/Aaron... I think Jadeja needs to bat patiently and Binny needs to attack. Lots of work for top 5. If conditions are helpful for spin play Ashwin at 7 in place of binny. Lets go India!!!!

  • aby_97 on July 8, 2014, 15:48 GMT

    Ishant should know that this would be his last chance.So, I expect him to be more aggressive.He should just bowl at right line and lengths.And keep on doing that throughout his spells.Nothing extraordinary should be done.Just WAIT, WAIT and WAIT. Then, he would reap benefits for his efforts.

    After Ishant, I see Varun AAron as an able replacement.

  • Nampally on July 8, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    The top 6 Indian batsmen must perform if India is going to be competitive in this Test. Similarly, Kumar & Shami need to bowl @ their best & take wkts. The rest of the Indian team is of unknown reliability. Ishant Sharma is the most experienced Test Bowler but also the most expensive one. Binny is a debutant with sort of military medium pace around 120 KPH. His batting skills are a huge ?. I would have preferred a known performer like Aaron bowling @150 KPH instead of Binny. Jadeja is an outstanding fielder but on a pitch assisting pace bowling, he may not be effective. India need a total of 400+ & hope its bowling rises to the occasion. As for England, Cook is in poor form & India must ensure his wkt. early. Robson & Balance are in terrific form & Bell is playing on his favorite ground as is Anderson. Stokes & Root are capable batsmen. Like India, England depend heavily on Broad, Anderson & Plunkett to carry their bowling. In a battle for identity, the Keener of the 2 Teams will Win!

  • ninjapintu on July 8, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    Replace Jordan with Stokes, Prior with Buttler, and boy does this England batting lineup would look fearsome.

  • on July 8, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    The best India can hope for is lively pitches. The bowling is horrendously weak, and will need any help it can get. What you want are low scores so that just one good batting performance by one batsman will suffice.

  • on July 8, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    Jose, Aaron is in the squad and must play.. The three seamers in Australia are Yadav, Bumrah and Kulkarni.. I will play Aaron ahead of Binny and play Ashwin or Jadeja at 7 or 6 if Dhoni is not comfortable with playing at 6.. The four seamers will be Kumar, Shami, Aaron and Sharma.. I have been a vehement critic of Ishant.. But I will play him ahead of the other two any day.. This is the best possible bowling combination for India.. My 11 will be, Dhawan, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Jadeja/Ashwin, Dhoni, Kumar, Ishant, Shami and Aaron.. I will play Jadeja over Ashwin because he bats and bowls left handed.. Variety both ways.. Gambhir sits out the first two games at least..

  • ZCFOutkast on July 8, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    There might be questions about Ashwin where india is concerned, but this is perhaps the only time where I can say both sides in action have picked the best possible XIs under the circumstances.

  • InnocentGuy on July 8, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    I'm 100% confident Umesh will be called up mid-tour to replace someone. I am not confident at all of any of these bowlers except maybe Bhuvi.

  • Coolcapricorn on July 8, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    @ Jose Puliampatta Think you got your facts mixed up - Varun Aaron is in the current Indian squad touring England & it is another bowler - Bumrah - who took 4 wickets in the India A game in Australia.

  • on July 8, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    Why Ishant???? Get R Ashwin instead into that suggested lineup....that way, 2 pace, 1 med pace, and 2 genuine spinners who can also bat...Ishant adds little value, and ends up being a liability...I would also think of Gambhir instead of Vijay

  • on July 8, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    I hope matches as are exciting as they were in South Africa.

  • Sameeratennakoon on July 8, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    I wish all the best for India.. But their chance of a win is low than double figures. I meant that for their bowling unit . We can't say it a bowling ATTACK because there is no attack.. India desperately need to find some quality pacemen .. Ishant is surely not the guy for it.

  • ac_Indian on July 8, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    How valuable would a fit and in form Irfan Pathan would have been in this series.

  • bhushanB on July 8, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    May be a bit pessimistic....possibly affected by the nightmarish 2011 series result..... It will be a good result for India, if they can draw the series.... Anything better than that will be a bonus

  • uncertaincorridor on July 8, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    Similar to what the Daily Mail says: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/cricket/article-2684314/India-players-far-cry-galactico-era-Sachin-Tendulkar-Rahul-Dravid-Co.html

  • on July 8, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    Again many of the news stories on this series, quite a few fans have asked for the inclusion of Varun Aaron in the playing XI.

    Aaron is currently playing in Australia; and one can't be in two different continents at the same time. Incidentally some have suggested inclusion of Umesh Yadav also in the playing XI in England, in a couple of earlier threads.

    In Oz, Varun has just scripted "good" news; and "bad" news. Good news is that he got 4 of the 9 wickets to fall. The bad news is that there had been no-balls galore, and along with Umesh Yadav, he could not prevent a 300 plus 7th wicket record partnership between two 22 yr old Oz rookies.

  • on July 8, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    India should be playing 5 bowlers. We saw with the A team how they allowed the Aus A team to get 500 after having them down 120/6. The biggest reason was they were only playing 4 bowlers. Indian teams allow this stuff to happen too often, and I think the reason is the number of bowlers we play.

  • brusselslion on July 8, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    @Balladeer sums up things nicely. I imagine that, other things being equal, England especially will want to bat first, score big if possible and then hope that there is enough left in the pitch by Day 4 to help the seamers (as the chances of Ali & Root running through the Indian batting is close to zero). If England bat last, then maybe Jadeja might come into his own? For me, the series result is too close to call.

    @Aumlan Guha: OK, I'll bite. Who exactly are these #1 & #2 all rounders?

  • cric_J on July 8, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    I can't remember the last time we had 2 teams going into a series with so much on the line & so less to choose between them. The classic case of a series where there are no favourites.

    A series where a lot will depend on one gritty innings, one splendid catch, one crucial drop, one direct hit, one bowling change, one field placement & one iffy decision by the umpire.

    A series that'll test the character of 2 of the most criticised captains, who are also 2 cricketers who thrive the most under pressure.

    A series that should present 2 absorbing contests between bat and ball, the deciding or match winning one being India's bowling vs England's batting, the relying or match saving one being England's bowling vs India's batting.

    My prediction would be 2-1. I have no clue to which team though. My wish however, would be 2-2. It's a clash b/w my 2 favourite teams & I don't want to see either lose. But I do want a real cracking contest.

    All power & luck to the lads on both sides. Play !

  • chandimasl on July 8, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan I wish all the very best to the indian side. They have a young talented side to beat the England.So it is all about executing MSD and team mates plans. If India can execute their plans they can surely win all the five matches. England is under pressure and this will help Ind further.

    I support Indian team is because they are like our brothers. I have never noticed that Indian and Sl players are arguing each other badly. They are the best friends in the field.

    Though MSD had some lean patch in overseas tests it will be rectified by him as he is one of the best captains. So i wish all the very best to team india and MSD to win the series. SL fan.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 8, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    The predicted England team is what I was/am expecting; the Indian team - depending on the pitch, I'd be more tempted to play Ashwin at the expense of one of the seamers.

    We can all but wait with bated breath and see which team turns up I suppose. Agree with @dunger.bob (post on July 8, 2014, 14:04 GMT): so many unknowns and both teams with points to prove. Really tough call and hopefully a very interesting series for everyone.

  • on July 8, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    Rkudeep,what about adding kl rahul,kedar jadhav and ojha in your tean

  • Resultpredictor on July 8, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    Both the teams are struggling and are out of form but India is favorite to win this series. Kohli, Pujara, Dhawan and Rahane all scored runs in SA and NZ, are men in form for India. Eng bowlers will find very tough to take Indian wickets. India is favorite to win this series

  • cricket_lover1 on July 8, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    Rohit should open along with Vijay and Varun Aaron should play in place of ishant: This should be the team for the 1st test - 1 M Vijay, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli, 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Stuart Binny, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Varun Aaron

  • on July 8, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    India is probably the only team in the world where the #2 all-rounder (someone who was #1 till some time back) of the world is not considered a sure starter in the first XI, in any other team, he would have been a shoo-in. Jai Ho...

  • CricFanKrish on July 8, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    Though I'm an Indian and a die-hard India supporter, I would still put England as favorites for this series by a 60:40 margin. Here are the reasons for my assessment:

    1. England has quality bowlers - Anderson alone could take 15. I'm very sure he will take at least 10. Plunkett, Broad, Stokes and Ali will definitely take 10 between them. 2. Cook will get runs - Cook's average against the Indians speaks for itself. He showed in India that he had the patience to thrive on spin-friendly pitches. He will be much more comfortable on his home pitches. 3. Indian batsmen will struggle - Though Pujara and Kohli did well in SA, and Dhawan chipped in in NZ, they are still evolving with respect to their technique in conditions that swing. Neither SA nor NZ have nearly as much swing as ENG. 4. Indian bowlers will be punished - Though there will be help, Indian bowlers apart from Ishant don't have a taste of English conditions. It takes a tour of England to come to terms with the conditions.

  • Balladeer on July 8, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    @dunger.bob: Aye, I reckon you've got that right. Both once-impressive teams on the slide, trying to rebuild and gain some traction. Arguably India have had longer in their rebuilding phase, so should start out as favourites - but, well, this is India abroad.

    I reckon we'll see a good few high-scoring draws, as India's batsmen thrash England's fast-medium pacers around the park and their bowlers fail to be remotely threatening. 1-1 or 2-1 might be a good shout.

  • Rajeshj on July 8, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    I think Binny and Jadeja could be the weak links in the squad and the team could instead opt for a choice between Rohit, Pankaj Singh or Ashwin. The batting line-up is not too strong with slightly suspect candidates against swing like Dhawan, Vijay and Rahane.. Rohit could give added strength there, which neither Binny or Jadeja can give.. And to take 20 wickets the wayward bowlers like Ishanth or Shammi cannot be trusted entirely and given the way Jadeja was thrashed in NZ and very slow medium pace of Binny may not make much impact unless its a damp pitch.. its better to have a choice of Pankaj or Ashwin there.. Anycase its going to be Dhoni's choice and let us see whether his sense prevails..

  • Lakpj on July 8, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    I don't think neither team is sure about the series. So it will be very important for both the teams to start the series in a positive note. I think the series will depend on how Broad and Anderson will bowl. if they find their best England will win this.

  • bhushanB on July 8, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    One request to cricinfo -- Can you please add a quick link page showing the official live video broadcasters of each series.. in different parts of the world.....

    I know it is straight forward for guys in Ind, but for us in USA, I am always confused if a particular series is covered on willow or watchespn or somewhere else.... This will help greatly.... Thanks!!

    Btw looks like Eng Vs Ind is covered on watchespn and not on willow this time. Please clarify

  • B.R.K.R on July 8, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    1 Cheteshwar Pujara, 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Shikhar Dhawan, 4 Ajinkya Rahane, 5 Virat Kohli, 6 Rohit Sharma ,7 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 8 Ravichandran Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Varun Aaron

    This would be my team for tomorrow's test match (Ideally I would have sanju samson, karun nair and umesh yadav) from the available resources. Ashwin over Jadeja. Varun Aaron over Ishant Sharma. Gautam Gambhir over M.Vijay.

  • on July 8, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    Good Luck India..hoping for better performance this time...

  • Coolcapricorn on July 8, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    With India's pedestrian attack spearheaded by the innocuous Ishant, reckon Cook will be back to piling runs against his favourite opposition in this series & boosting up his Test batting average,.

  • Coolcapricorn on July 8, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    With India's pedestrian attack spearheaded by the innocuous Ishant, reckon Cook will be back to piling runs against his favourite opposition in this series & boosting up his Test batting average,.

  • on July 8, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    Good Luck India..hoping for better performance this time...

  • B.R.K.R on July 8, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    1 Cheteshwar Pujara, 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Shikhar Dhawan, 4 Ajinkya Rahane, 5 Virat Kohli, 6 Rohit Sharma ,7 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 8 Ravichandran Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Varun Aaron

    This would be my team for tomorrow's test match (Ideally I would have sanju samson, karun nair and umesh yadav) from the available resources. Ashwin over Jadeja. Varun Aaron over Ishant Sharma. Gautam Gambhir over M.Vijay.

  • bhushanB on July 8, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    One request to cricinfo -- Can you please add a quick link page showing the official live video broadcasters of each series.. in different parts of the world.....

    I know it is straight forward for guys in Ind, but for us in USA, I am always confused if a particular series is covered on willow or watchespn or somewhere else.... This will help greatly.... Thanks!!

    Btw looks like Eng Vs Ind is covered on watchespn and not on willow this time. Please clarify

  • Lakpj on July 8, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    I don't think neither team is sure about the series. So it will be very important for both the teams to start the series in a positive note. I think the series will depend on how Broad and Anderson will bowl. if they find their best England will win this.

  • Rajeshj on July 8, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    I think Binny and Jadeja could be the weak links in the squad and the team could instead opt for a choice between Rohit, Pankaj Singh or Ashwin. The batting line-up is not too strong with slightly suspect candidates against swing like Dhawan, Vijay and Rahane.. Rohit could give added strength there, which neither Binny or Jadeja can give.. And to take 20 wickets the wayward bowlers like Ishanth or Shammi cannot be trusted entirely and given the way Jadeja was thrashed in NZ and very slow medium pace of Binny may not make much impact unless its a damp pitch.. its better to have a choice of Pankaj or Ashwin there.. Anycase its going to be Dhoni's choice and let us see whether his sense prevails..

  • Balladeer on July 8, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    @dunger.bob: Aye, I reckon you've got that right. Both once-impressive teams on the slide, trying to rebuild and gain some traction. Arguably India have had longer in their rebuilding phase, so should start out as favourites - but, well, this is India abroad.

    I reckon we'll see a good few high-scoring draws, as India's batsmen thrash England's fast-medium pacers around the park and their bowlers fail to be remotely threatening. 1-1 or 2-1 might be a good shout.

  • CricFanKrish on July 8, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    Though I'm an Indian and a die-hard India supporter, I would still put England as favorites for this series by a 60:40 margin. Here are the reasons for my assessment:

    1. England has quality bowlers - Anderson alone could take 15. I'm very sure he will take at least 10. Plunkett, Broad, Stokes and Ali will definitely take 10 between them. 2. Cook will get runs - Cook's average against the Indians speaks for itself. He showed in India that he had the patience to thrive on spin-friendly pitches. He will be much more comfortable on his home pitches. 3. Indian batsmen will struggle - Though Pujara and Kohli did well in SA, and Dhawan chipped in in NZ, they are still evolving with respect to their technique in conditions that swing. Neither SA nor NZ have nearly as much swing as ENG. 4. Indian bowlers will be punished - Though there will be help, Indian bowlers apart from Ishant don't have a taste of English conditions. It takes a tour of England to come to terms with the conditions.

  • on July 8, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    India is probably the only team in the world where the #2 all-rounder (someone who was #1 till some time back) of the world is not considered a sure starter in the first XI, in any other team, he would have been a shoo-in. Jai Ho...

  • cricket_lover1 on July 8, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    Rohit should open along with Vijay and Varun Aaron should play in place of ishant: This should be the team for the 1st test - 1 M Vijay, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli, 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Stuart Binny, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Varun Aaron