England in India: Summary so far
After draws against Mumbai A and India A respectively many believe there is more to come from the England squad if they’re going to compete with India’s first team on their home turf. The fact of the matter is, the players from England’s opposition so far have grown up playing on India’s slow and dusty wickets, so there are positives to take from these two warm up games.
England have shown resilience and professionalism with the bat and they have taken quick wickets and broke partnerships, despite a couple of niggly injuries the games, in my eyes, have been a good lesson and England have learned well. Nick Compton’s unbeaten 64 on Monday put him in the driving seat for the opening batsman slot vacated by the departure of former captain Andrew Strauss. If chosen he will be partnering Alistair Cook, the new captain, who has shown he is one of the best number two’s in test cricket the modern game has seen.
With Jonathan Trott at number three the Ashes holders already have an opening batting line up that will not give their wicket away whether it’ll be in desperation to keep a spot, or if the style comes natural to them. Below them has a middle order which can and will get runs in Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Samit Patel and Eoin Morgan if selected. The runs doesn’t stop there though, Matt Prior, regarded as one of the best with gloves and bat will keep his place. England will be hopeful of Stuart Broad shaking off his heel injury as soon as possible to maintain his place in the Test XI. Broad who would consider himself an all rounder will be followed by Tim Bresnan and Graeme Swann
The bowlers in the potential starting XI are James Anderson, Monty Panesar, Stuart Meaker and Graham Onions. England have had a strong line up for years and if they can pull together as a team they can make this series very interesting, both the batters and bowlers (especially spinners) have chipped in with impressive performances so far and with one warm up game to go on Saturday before the 1st test next Thursday, many will believe that if the top order can score runs and the seamers can join the spinner(s) in the wicket-taking fun, England can get back to the top of the test rankings with a series win.