With the England v Sri Lanka series already under way and matches coming thick and fast, attention will shortly turn to the next group of tourists – cricketing giants, India.
The Indian team is packed full of home-grown superstars from the Indian Premier League (IPL). Captained by M. S. Dhoni, one of the finest batsmen on the planet, the squad also contains the crowd pleaser Yuvraj Singh and former cricketer of the year Virat Kohli, billed as the next Sachin Tendulkar by many. The Men in Blue are notoriously strong in ODI and Twenty20 matches and should prove to be more than a handful for England.
In India’s last tour, England sent them packing with a 4-0 Test series whitewash so will most likely be fired up for this occasion to put their demons to rest. The home side are highly ranked in terms of test cricket but have recently fallen short in the limited overs formats. They look to this series as an opportunity to find a big hitter to fill the role left by Kevin Pietersen. Many believe that this position could be taken by Lancashire star wicket keeper Jos Buttler while all-rounder new boy Chris Jordan has showcased some amazing Freddie Flintoff-esque shots and deliveries. However, a change in coaching structure means that the selection door is currently wide open; players will be competing for every spot, meaning that some exciting cricket is certainly on the cards.
As well as the usual household names like Joe Root and Ian Bell, Buttler is certainly one of the in-form players. Along with him, both Ravi Bopara and Twenty20 opener Alex Hales are also showcasing some consistently impressive displays. Hales was first highlighted as a bright talent after hitting an unprecedented 55 off a single over as a sixteen year old and has cemented his position in the team in recent matches. The India series will see a return to the side for fast bowler Stuart Broad who has been recovering from a knee injury. Following some recently poor bowling displays by the team this should create a much needed boost.
The tour starts on the 9th of July as Tent Bridge hosts the first of five test matches. The series then moves to Lords, the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, Old Trafford and finally, the KIA Oval. Following this the two sides will contest the ODI series touring around the country before a final Twenty20 slog fest at Edgbaston on the 7th of September.
The two sides are frequently very evenly matched and produce some of the finest cricket imaginable. Add in the fact that England v India matches do not come round very often and this promises to be a mouth-watering contest which certainly should not be missed.
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