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Can England’s Fearless Bazball Approach Challenge Fortress India?

As cricket fever intensifies in Hyderabad, India welcome England for a five test series, starting on Thursday in the early hours. England’s fearless ‘Bazball’ approach will look to upset the locals in their back yard after a disappointing World Cup.

As cricket fever intensifies in Hyderabad, India welcome England for a five test series, starting on Thursday in the early hours. England’s fearless ‘Bazball’ approach will look to upset the locals in their back yard after a disappointing World Cup. However, India last lost a home Test series in 2012 and will be formidable opponents.  They will certainly be looking to prove their dominance in this format. Both England and India have lost a key player in the run up to this match, with talisman Virat Kholi and Harry Brook notable omissions. Laurence comes in to replace Brook and Kholi’s replacement will have huge shoes to fill.

Expect India’s bowling attack to be firing on all cylinders, with Bumrah leading the way, sporting an exceptional average of 21.21. Bumrah is available at 3/1 to take the most first innings wickets. Mark Wood is yet to play a Test Match in India and will be hoping to surprise the Indian top order with his lightning pace on a wicket that will be at its quickest on the opening days. He is available at 3/1 to be the highest wicket taker in the first innings for England. All eyes will be on R Ashwin as he is the number one ranked ICC test bowler. With 490 wickets at an average of 23.7, he will play a vital role in this test. Keep an eye on in-play opportunities whenever he is thrown the ball.

In the run scoring department, KL Rahul is available at 7/1 to be India’s top scorer in the first innings, tremendous value considering his century against South Africa just a month ago. Hyderabad’s spin-friendly pitch creates an opportunity for Joe Root (average of 50.29) who is known for scoring well against spin. 

Recommendations; 

India to win 1/2
Highest Opening Partnership India 8/13
KL Rahul top run scorer India 1st innings 7/1
Joe Root top run scorer England 1st innings 5/2
Top wicket taker India (1st innings) Bumrah 3/1
Top wicket taker England (1st innings) Wood 3/1

Keep up to date with in-play odds. As time goes on and the pitch gets tired, spinners will be very much in the game.

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As cricket fever intensifies in Hyderabad, India welcome England for a five test series, starting on Thursday in the early hours. England’s fearless ‘Bazball’ approach will look to upset the locals in their back yard after a disappointing World Cup.
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