We backed India to win the first test outright but we were beaten by the draw. In the second test we took the visitors (draw no bet) and it paid off. As the teams prepare for the third test in Southampton, I believe the value is still with the visitors as they aim to take a commanding series lead.
Most of the talk in the build up to the third test is centred on how England are in turmoil. Whilst I don’t deny that, it’s amusing that that’s the talk of the press. Why? Well, I don’t mean to be blunt… but haven’t we been a joke for nearly two years now?
India staged a rather complete performance as they took the second test by 95 runs at Lord’s, and with that win the visitors ended their absolutely dreadful drought outside of India, where they hadn’t won in 15 matches.
The challenge for the experienced MS Dhoni in leading his young India side now is to warn against complacency. England, despite their obvious problems, haven’t been any worst on the whole than India have been on their travels.
For such a big nation in the world of cricket to be winless for that long, clearly there are some underlying issues. One win against a poorly performing side doesn’t change that, so the big test for India is reproducing their second test performance and finding back to back wins.
India are likely to remain largely unchanged and will go with just the one spinner in the ranks, although the increased training efforts of Rohit Sharma suggest a batting return is imminent.
England, who will hand Jos Butler a debut ahead of Matt Prior, desperately need to change something. It’s easy to say, and I write it every time I cover them. I don’t really know what needs changing anymore, but it clearly starts with your captain setting a better example.
Alastair Cook, with the quality he has, should be able to step up in big situations. That really hasn’t happened and he’s too often failed to lead by example (let’s point out other England captains have been guilty of that recently, not just him).
I haven’t seen anything in the last 12 plus months to give me the confidence to back England in any cricket match. Back India to extend their lead at a price of 2.20 (Draw No Bet) with Bet365.
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