Five of their star campaigners who led them to World Cup glory, are at the present back home to nurse their injuries leaving a wounded side sternly depleted.
Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid remain the best batsmen for India on this tour. Although it would be too much to expect from Dravid to deliver who has not ODIs for the last 2 years.
Indian bowlers Rahane, Kohli and Sharma, who have all played appreciably, well during their brief stretch in the Old Country so far. There is a deliberate absence of Raina’s name, merely as despite all his talents and promises he has once again failed to perform outside the sub-continent.Praveen Kumar, will once again lead the attack and will have Munaf Patel for company.
On the other hand, England emerges more settled and would for sure comprise fast bowler Jade Dernbach beside Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan. With no Pietersen in side, Bopara and Kieswetter would join forces with Cook, Trott, Bell and Morgan.
The possible squad of England: Craig Kieswetter, Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Samit Patel, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, and Jade Dernbach.
The possible squad of India: Ajinkya Rahane, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, and R Vinay Kumar