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November 2012

England Arrives In India For Cricket Tour

by Renee Israel

Sumit Patel Makes Statement With Bat

The England cricket team is in India for a tour that will last full three months, which will mean a test of their endurance as well as cricketing skills.

The England versus India cricket tour consists of four Test matches, two T20s and five ODIs. The fixtures for the Test matches are as follows.

November 15 to November 191st Test Ahmadabad

November 23 to November 272nd Test Mumbai

December 5 to December 93rd Test Kolkata

December 13 to December 17 4th Test Nagpur

Key England Players For India Test Series

When India toured England last summer it was pretty much annihilated, which is why the Indian media is billing this as a revenge series. However, whether the Indian team measures up to this or not, only time will tell. Meanwhile the English team has been steadily getting its act in order. The biggest positive for England is the settlement reached with Kevin Pietersen.

Pietersen is one batsman who can take the attack to the Indian spinners and his will be the prized wicket for the Indian team. Because three warm up matches have been scheduled before the first Test, Pietersen will have spent sufficient time in the England dressing room for old scars to heal.

The only undecided position in the batting order is that of the opener to accompany captain Alistair Cook. It has been decided that Jonathan Trott will bat down the order. Therefore the opening slot is up for cutthroat competition between Nick Compton and Joe Root. Compton fared badly in the first warm up game, but Root performed only marginally better in the second one. The third warm up game is underway and a decision will be taken only after that.

Many Indian players have given the call for the preparation of turning wickets. Graeme Swann will spearhead the England spin attack. He had a memorable debut in India four years ago. Unfortunately he has had to return home since his daughter is unwell and is expected to return before the first Test match. Sumit Patel performed magnificently with the bat in the opening warm up game and has staked his claim as the second spinner in the England playing eleven.

England Versus India Test Series Online Betting

The online betting sites have already posted the odds for various markets on the England versus India cricket tour. Bet365 online gives little chance to England and has posted the following odds for the Test series win.

England 4/1

India 1/2

Draw 7/2

The correct series score that has the shortest odds is India winning 2-1.

Story Highlights »
  • Kevin Pietersen will hold the key to England batting.
  • Graeme Swann will be the lead spinner.

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