India ready to trouble England


Having struggled badly in the Test match arena in recent times, England face a massive test of their mettle in the five-match series against India.

The tourists are the top-ranked side in the five-day format at present and dished out a 4-0 thrashing when England visited 18 months ago, while the hosts have won only two of their last 11 Test matches.

India to win the series @ 37/20

The Three Lions are sure to be boosted by home conditions, which, despite a lengthy dry spell, should still favour their seam attack.

Last time India visited in 2014, the series ended 3-1 to the hosts, but the tourists led 1-0 after two matches, before their batting line-up crumbled in three successive heavy defeats.

This time around they look a more solid overall unit and surely captain Virat Kohli cannot struggle the way he did four years ago, when he averaged a mere 13.40 as he was tormented by James Anderson in particular.

England, in contrast, are 20/29 to win the series and that offers little in the way of value to tempt you in, even if it is a realistic price.

The first Test gets under way at Edgbaston on Wednesday and the hosts have two batsmen who enjoy the conditions in Birmingham.

Joe Root – Man of the Match @ 15/2

England captain Joe Root averages 75.50 in five previous Test innings at Edgbaston and will be desperate to lay down an early marker in a series which could hinge on his match-up with India counterpart Kohli.

Former skipper Alastair Cook (19/2) also has previous in Birmingham, having made a career-best 294 against the Indians in 2011, while last summer he took the West Indies for 243.

In between those two double-centuries, opener Cook has far from flourished in the Second City, but his record suggests that if he gets in he could very well go big.

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