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Charlie I actually would

Charlie I actually would prefer India to lose also. But these tours to England and Australia they have are their best opportunities to win series in both providing all are fit. (Their best players are fit and available)

It's just a number of circumstances with English and Australian cricket have led to this. England have been playing poor Test cricket as opposed to limited overs stuff. Asking for limited overs stuff before Tests was good move by BCCI. Weather has helped them. Prior to this series for once they had an all-round attack that could cover all conditions. You don't need to be an out and out quick in England or massive turner, just do enough and put it in the right spot.

Last summer England lost a Test match at home to the West Indies after setting them 300 odd to chase, the lost on test to Pakistan already this summer and horrible tours to Australia and New Zealand. Their opening combination still not settled, nor is their full line up. Still reliant on a few batsmen.
Their bowling attack on paper is good but it's going to be a long summer with so many games in similar amount of weeks...something that will be good for SL later this year cos they will have only a month or so rest between series.

It's up to India to stand up show if they are the real deal or not! Do they have the fitness, stamina and temperament for 5 Test matches in 5 or 6 weeks that's their biggest challenge. And can they hold onto catches in slips. Loss of Saha as keeper won't help. Someone like Woakes if picked may trouble Indian batsmen if they focus just on Broad and Anderson. They have had troubles with Moeen before.
The pitches the ECB produces will be interesting.
Like you said they might it wouldn't be surprising if they are pushed externally to give dry or flat pitches likes Australia gave India last time they toured!


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