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.
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.
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.
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.
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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