The Indian cricket team has returned to the country after winning the four-match test series against Australia in a magnificent manner. Soon they will clash against the England cricket team with which they will be playing 4 test matches, 3 ODIs and 5 T20Is at home starting Feb 5. There is no doubt that it will be an interesting contest as while India is high on confidence after defeating Australia in their home in test series, the English team is also quite confident as they have beaten Sri Lanka in 2-match test series by 2-0 in their home.
While talking to a leading news daily, the English skipper Joe Root has said that his team has to play four important games against the best team of the world and that too, in their own conditions. He adds that they have to play their best game if they have to win over here but there can’t be a better place for challenging the Indian team.
As the series is taking place in the times of the coronavirus pandemic, the England team will be under quarantine for six days which will leave them with only three days for practice for the first test. Joe Root states that they may have to spend 6-7 days without cricket but what will help them is the confidence that they have got after winning the series in Sri Lanka.
Due to the team’s player management policy, Jonny Bairstow won’t be playing the first two test matches while the wicketkeeper batsman Jos Buttler won’t be available for the last three test matches. The English skipper states that in such critical times, they have to manage their players in the best possible manner and hopefully Jos Buttler will make an impact in the series in whatever chance he will get. Joe Root is also quite confident that Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer, the two players who were resting during the Sri Lankan series, will perform well against Australia.
It appears that the series will be pretty interesting. Are you excited?