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Wednesday marked a historic cricketing moment – the start of England’s first five Test series on Indian soil in 31 years. Although facing the world’s number one ranked Test team, England take inspiration from being the last nation to win in India, an unexpected series success in 2012-13.
Under captain Virat Kohli, the home side have won their last four Test series, including a 3-0 win in a four-match contest against South Africa last year and a recent 3-0 whitewash of New Zealand.
Sky Sports is the only place you can watch the action in full. “Pitches that turn lead to exciting and entertaining cricket,” Sky Sports Pundit Ian Ward says.
“Given England’s lack of a world class spinner, captain Alastair Cook would really like to focus on England’s biggest strength, seam bowling,” he says. “England’s seamers are fantastically skilful and he will feel that is their best chance of keeping the runs down and taking all 20 wickets.
Ward thinks England can expect turning pitches as the home side rely on the guile and cunning of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Amit Mishra.
Have India any weaknesses? Ward thinks that England can take advantage of injuries to top order batsmen Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, which could signal the return of veteran Guatam Ghambir.
It’s an early morning for UK viewers tuning in, but the expert Sky Cricket team will provide the perfect way to start your day either over breakfast or on your commute to work via Sky Go.
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