On Thursday, India will go into the momentous Test series at Lord’s with an eye on a successive series triumph in England. Both teams are in a rich streak of form and here is an opportunity for both sides to prove who the best is.
India is presently the No.1 team in test rankings, will be tested against a dreadful side in the form of England. England is presently 3rd on the list, although is a much better side at their home circumstances.
In awaken of Virender Sehwag’s absence and India’s past performances in the 1st Test of an away tour, England will penetrate the match as favourites.
Munaf is definite to sit out the 1st Test barring injuries to others whereas it will be toss-up between Praveen Kumar and Sreesanth with the latter’s pace like to triumph the case for him. While, Zaheer has been outstanding in Test cricket and Ishant has shown enough signs to recommend he is bowling conditions if they hit their straps.
However, the batting will be up again one of the best attacks England has had in many years. Spearhead James Anderson will utilize the home conditions entirely whereas Chris Tremlett will pull out enough bounce to problem a few batsmen.
India Squad: MS Dhoni, G Gambhir, R Dravid, Harbhajan Singh, Z Khan, P Kumar, VVS Laxman, A Mishra, A Mukund, MM Patel, SK Raina, WP Saha†, V Sehwag, I Sharma, S Sreesanth, SR Tendulkar, and Yuvraj Singh.
England Squad: AJ Strauss, AN Cook, JM Anderson, IR Bell, TT Bresnan, SCJ Broad, EJG Morgan, KP Pietersen, MJ Prior, GP Swann, CT Tremlett, and IJL Trott.