They whitewashed New Zealand in three-match test series, claimed One-Day International series 2-1 and now they are ready to lock horns with England. India will play five test match, three ODI and three T20I against England starting with first of five test from 09 November 2016.
What to expect from India in Test Series against England?
Headed by Virat Kohli team India looks in fine form, recently they dominated over New Zealand in longest format and claimed series 3-0 so they are confident bunch and expected to be tough for visitors. Meanwhile, England seems to be struggling with their team combination, also they seems to be relying on Ben Stokes and Alaister Cook.
England after winning first test against Bangladesh by small margin of 22 runs failed to continue their winning momentum and lost second test by 108 runs to level up the series. English men travels India after close One-Day series win and drawing test series 1-1.
Recent form of both teams suggest, India should dominate in test series to win either 4-0 or whitewash England.
Players to look out for
Gautam Gambhir: Returning to the test squad after long time got his place in final eleven in third test against England. He did well to impress selectors scoring 29 and quick 50 runs in first and second innings respectively. He has been retained in the side because KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan both were ruled out due to injury. This is great opportunity for him to consolidate his position in the test side.
Ravichandran Ashwin: One of the best spin bowlers currently who has wicket-taking ability at any juncture of game. He was leading wicket-taker with 27 wickets against in three matches which earned him man of the series award. He claimed three 5-fers and one 4-fers in three matches he played against England. He is the key player for India against England on Indian soil which are spinner friendly.
What is the full squad of India & England for Test Series?
India squad (First two Tests): Virat Kohli (C), Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Gautam Gambhir, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jayant Yadav
England Squad: Alastair Cook (C), Moeen Ali, Zafar Ansari, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jake Ball, Gary Ballance, Gareth Batty, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Duckett, Steven Finn, Haseeb Hameed, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.
What do you expect from India in Test series against England?