Test Match Betting: India have edge over England

Ed Hawkins

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 3:57 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jul. 11, 2018 3:57 PM UTC

When the Test series starts in Birmingham next month the tourists should feel right at home

<p>England and India are currently battling it out in a ODI series. It is the starter to the main course – a five-Test series which starts on August 1.</p><p>It is a potentially thrilling affair. India are the No 1-ranked team in the world and winning in England is arguably their toughest challenge.</p><p>That is because of how conditions differ from back home. The ball will turn on dry, arid pitches. And batsmen will dig in on the ponderous, tacky surfaces. In short, it is hell for pace bowlers.</p><p>This means that India’s batsmen are often untested against seam and swing, which is prominent in England. The wickets are more lush and greener, allowing the ball to move and dart around. Touring Indians don’t know what’s hit them.</p><p>It is no wonder that India have, historically, had a poor record on the road. In England they have won one series since 1990. To break that down it’s 22 matches, ten defeats and three wins.</p><p>The good news for India is that heat wave currently burning pale English skin removes England’s dome advantage. The wickets are hard and fast, much more palatable for India’s batsmen. And, more importantly, their spinners.</p><p>The likes of Ravi Ashwin, who prepared for this series with a stint for Worcestershire in county cricket last term, should get plenty of grip and bite from dusty surfaces as the sun takes its toll.</p><p>Ashwin will be joined by Ravi Jadeja in the spin stakes and the pair will fancy their chances of exposing England’s historic weakness against turn. We have already seen that laid bare in the T20 series when Kuldeep Yadav claimed five wickets in game one at Old Trafford to win India the match.</p><p>The better news for India is that they start the series in Edgbaston. If the weather and pitch didn’t make it feel like a home game enough, then the partisan crowd will. British Indians will turn out in force to cheer on their heroes and England are likely to feel uncomfortable.</p><p><a href="https://a.bookmakersreview.com/record/v?c=132&amp;a=32b59d0e-2bfb-43ac-987d-fd24429abae0&amp;f=2">Betfair</a> and <a href="https://a.bookmakersreview.com/record/v?c=132&amp;a=bced0cf5-be5d-40a4-8446-02910689b2b5&amp;f=2">Paddy Power</a> have been first up with prices for the Edgbaston clash and the value is clearly with India. The pair go 21/10 about Virat Kohli’s team. England are 10/11 with <a href="https://a.bookmakersreview.com/record/v?c=132&amp;a=32b59d0e-2bfb-43ac-987d-fd24429abae0&amp;f=2">Betfair</a> and the draw is 7/2 with both firms.</p><p>It is also worth noting that England are a team in transition. They drew 1-1 with Pakistan earlier this summer with plenty of issues still to solve.</p>
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