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English Summer or Indian Summer?

Only a few days remaining for the commencement of an enthralling contest between England and India and here is the synopsis of what can this contest offer us.

After a dismal performance by team India in 2014, they would be keen to showcase their skills and put on a skillful performance, so this series is going to either make or break the record books. Do watch out for the pitch conditions and fitness of the players

With just over 6 weeks we have 5 tests to be played, the first test would be starting on 1st of August while the last test would be starting on 7th of September; by no means, this is an easy task. Players should be conscious of injuries and at the same time should be fit enough to pull through the entire test series- especially for England team, as they are mainly reliant on fast bowlers and by no witchcraft, Anderson and Broad are getting younger day by day.

The Pitch hysteresis:

The current English Summer is more subtle and seems to be similar to the Indian Summer, so what we can expect is that the initial tests would aid spinners more than the seamers as the pitches seem to be dry and you would hardly find a grass covering on it.

While the England team lacks a quality spinner, Indian team would be all smiles as Ashwin and Jadeja are set to join them in Whites.

As the summer subsides, the temperature is going to gradually cool down by the end of August and we can feel the cool breeze flowing through the green lands which can significantly aid the seam bowlers. 

So we are here for a typical battle of the odds.

The batting prowess:

Indian team would like to pile up as many runs as possible during the first half of a test and then let their spinners do the talking during the latter half, this should be the case during the initial few tests.
In order to follow this strategy, India would be mainly reliant on their top five. 

With Vijay and Pujara not in the greatest of the forms and with Kohli having a point to prove on the English Soil and with Rahane not being amongst the runs they have an arduous task ahead to face the English seamers.  However, it is expected that the pitch would come to their aid and ease it down for the Indian batsman.

On the contrary, England batsmen would fancy their chances and would like to score runs until the Indian spinners spin their web on their batsmen.

With Cook and Root being in good form, the middle order looks subtle with the likes of Bairstow, Malan, Vince and we can expect even Butler to find a place at some point in time to feature in these English whites.

The bowling machines:

We see an injured Indian bowling team face off against an aged English bowling unit; with Bhuvi just returning from a back strain and Bumrah recovering from a finger injury, India would be reliant on the experienced Ishant Sharma to lead their seam bowling.

The English side is mainly dependent on Anderson and Broad to give them the timely breakthroughs, with age being a vital factor to push them through the entire series, England will look to find their alternatives and give them a go, with Woakes being out due to an injury, Stokes and Wood will likely play an important role going forward in this series.

India has an upper hand in the Spin department and would like to spin their web around the English batsmen.

Battles to look forward:
1. Anderson vs Kohli
2. Bhuvi vs Cook
3. Indian Spinners vs England Middle order.

Players to watch out:

1. Cook
2. Root
3. Bairstow
4. Anderson
5. Stokes (the big factor)

1. Kohli
2. Rahane
3. Bhuvi
4. Bumrah (if he returns back)
5. Ash/Jaddu combo


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