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.
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.
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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