India vs England test series would commence in a week’s interval and the fans are already finding it difficult to control themselves for the battle that would be ensued between the hosts and the visitors. Both teams have sufficient firepower in them to eclipse the opponent in a session’s interval which makes it all the more interesting to witness the nerve-wracking games that would be played between them. Though it would find it difficult to predict the outcome of the 1st contest, one could try to foretell India vs England test series predicted XI with a slight hunch.
India vs England test series predicted XI
After a terrific home season, Indian team’ 9 consecutive victories came to a halt on their tour to South Africa. Though Indians might have lost the contest by 2-1, they did manage to find many positives from their back-breaking contests.
And, while they were on their tour of England, it seemed as if they could emulate a similar performance like the one in South Africa when the Indian unit received its first blow with wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha being ruled out following thumb and shoulder injury.
Now as per the reports, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, the team’s swing specialist too will have to remain out of the first three contests. Jasprit Bumrah will also miss the 1st battle, but he might make a cut in the 2nd game if his fitness issue vindicates.
The pressure now drops onto the young spinner Kuldeep Yadav who might deliver India an impact performance in the upcoming games. His 25-6 in the 1st ODI and 24-5 in the 1st T20i helped India draw the first blood in the respective series.
Ashwin and Jadeja will form a formidable the spin duo, with sufficient experience of playing in the English conditions.
While skipper Kohli will be the central player from the Indian unit, one must not forget the support he would receive from Pujara, Kartik, and Rahane in the middle. The trio’s experience will surely come to India’s help in the 1st contest.
Predicted playing XI: Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik(wk), R Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja.
While England’s ODI unit remains rock solid under the toughest situations, the Test team falters when subjected to even mild pressure.
They surely have a terrific record while playing in their home conditions, as the last time they had lost a series back in their backyard was against Sri Lanka by a 1-0 margin that too in 2014. But, the question is, will they be able to survive a loss versus the Indian team considering they somehow crawled their way for a draw against the Pakistani unit?
Well, to start from, England’s bowling attack remains in the safe hands of Broad ( 417 wickets) and Anderson ( 563 wickets), who could be termed as the best swing duo at the moment, it’s their batting unit that has generated a bit of a concern in the past few series.
Alastair Cook, the 33-year-old veteran seems to have lost his mojo in the international arena. Cook might have 32 hundreds and 56 fifties to his name, still, he would have to level up his performance, in order to stay till the home ashes that would be played in England.
English skipper Joe Root would play don the spotlight in the upcoming battles. With 5960 runs that comprise of 13 hundreds and 40 fifties, one can expect him to emulate some ripping performances against the Indian unit.
With Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes forming a solid core in the middle, they could fancy their chance of a win against the Indian unit.
Let’s see how this India vs England test series predicted XI matches up with the real contest.
Predicted playing XI: Jos Buttler (WK), Alastair Cook, Joe Root(C), Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Moeen Ali, KK Jennings and Jake Ball.