3 England Test players who could cause the Indian Cricket Team problems

Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson and Joe Root are three England Test players most likely to cause Team India issues

India will clash heads with the England Cricket Team in the upcoming Pataudi Trophy commencing 4th of August. They will play a five-test series to ensure riveting entertainment for cricket fans across the globe. England outclassed the Indian team in the previous Test series in England 4-1. In that series, many Indian batters and bowlers faltered against the best England Test players in unfavourable conditions. England team have some serious players in the form of Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Anderson and Jofra Archer.

Let’s look at the biggest threats to the Indian team in the upcoming Test series:

1. James Anderson

Veteran pacer James Anderson is still England’s premier bowler. The 38-years-old pacer has bagged over 600 wickets in Test cricket – he is unarguably an all-time great. In the favourable home conditions, he will be the biggest threat to the Indian batters.

James Anderson bowling against India in 2018 at Lords was perhaps among his top 5 best bowling spells along with the 2013 Ashes series. Happy Birthday to James Anderson!
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 11: Jimmy Anderson celebrates England’s series victory and his 564th test wicket after the 5th Specsavers Test Match between England and India at The Kia Oval on September 11, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Pool/Visionhaus/Getty Images)

He is only the second bowler to take more than 100 wickets against India in Tests. The other one is Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan. He claimed staggering 118 wickets against India along with four five-wicket hauls. Therefore, Anderson can be the chief nemesis of India in the upcoming test series.

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2. Joe Root

English skipper Joe Root is considered one of the top batsmen in Test cricket. The Yorkshire batsman has over 8000 runs in test cricket with a remarkable average of 48.41. In the process, he has hammered 20 centuries in Test cricket, out of which five were double hundreds.

The 228 that Joe Root scored at Seddon Park vs New Zealand is one of his best knocks in tests.
England’s batsman Joe Root celebrates his double century (200 runs) on day four of the second cricket Test match between England and New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton on December 2, 2019. (Photo by DAVID GRAY / AFP) (Photo by DAVID GRAY/AFP via Getty Images)

Moreover, the right-hand batsman  has racked up 1789 runs against India at a marvellous average of 54.21. The 30-years-old batsman struck five centuries against India along with nine fifties. So he will be the key target for the Indian bowlers to dismiss out of all the batsmen in terms of England Test players.

 

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3. Stuart Broad

Stuart Broad has always played a second fiddle role in the past to Jimmy Anderson. However, many times he has bowled lethal spells against opponents along with Anderson. He snared record 523 wickets in test cricket. The right-arm pacer  has bagged 70 wickets in 22 tests against the Indian team with two five-wicket hauls. 

The 35-years-old speedster can wreck-havoc in favourable conditions for swing bowling. The Indian batters will have to play the bowling of Broad cautiously to succeed in the upcoming test series. Also, he can contribute some vital runs in the lower order for his team. So he is one of the biggest threats for the Indian team in the upcoming test series.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JULY 28: Stuart Broad of England celebrates after taking the wicket of Kraigg Brathwaite of West Indies for his 500th Test Wicket during Day Five of the Ruth Strauss Foundation Test, the Third Test in the #RaiseTheBat Series match between England and the West Indies at Emirates Old Trafford on July 28, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images for ECB)

Apart from these three, England have some more talented Test players in the squad. All-rounders such as Ben Stokes, Sam Curran and wicket-keeper batsmen such as Jonny Bairstow and Jos Butler can be prove dangerous against the Men in Blue. On the other hand, India are looking to strengthen their bench too after being hit by a couple of bad injuries. According to a report, the visitors are looking to replace injured Washington Sundar.

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