England are set to play India in a 4 match series, with the first test due to take place on Friday 5th February in Chennai, this is set to be a cracker of a series, with India having lots of confidence after their thrilling 2-1 win over Australia, this was remarkable with India losing the first test and then for the rest of the series their best player and captain then left to go and see his baby being born. Every cricket fan expected Australia to wipe the floor with a weakened India side however they didn’t, India showed mental toughness to dig in and they managed to win the final test with an inexperienced group of players due to injuries. India also has the upper hand in this series because it is being played in India, this means that the England players will face heat, humidity, and tricky spinning pitches.
You can never rule England out though, they have just come off the back of a 2-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka, where they learnt how to play cricket in the subcontinent, they have also won 4 test series in a row now. Joe Root has also come into some form with the bat, making big scores of 186 and 228, he looked very good against spin, which is helpful going into a 4-test series in India, where bowling and playing spin well is often the key to winning. They also have Jofra Archer, Ollie Pope, Ben Stokes and Rory Burns back for selection after being rested and injury concerns.
Personally, I think the key to success for England will be through Joe Root, if he scores big hundreds in the series then this will put England in the driving seat, however, England need batters to make big scores along with Root, which is hard when you are facing the likes of Ashwin, Bumrah, Shami and Umesh, England need to make sure they get big runs on the board to put pressure on India. They need their bowlers to back them up and hopefully take wickets to win the series.
This series is even better than usual because it is going to be on terrestrial TV; this is the first time that test cricket has been on free to air tv since 2005, which gripped the whole nation with England’s Ashes win over Australia. All the tests are being shown on Channel 4, however, there is a catch: 3 of the 4 tests start at 4:00 am in the UK! In saying that, we are in the middle of a pandemic so I think there is nothing better to do than to get up early and be transported into a hot, sunny day in India.
Set Your Alarms for 3:45 AM on Friday, because this match and series is going to be a cracker.