Vizag will follow in Rajkot’s footsteps as Test cricket enters into unchartered territory in India. With the opening match of the 5-match series involving the hosts and England ending in a stalemate, extra emphasis could be placed on the second one.
The opportunity to take an early lead in the series should keep both teams ready and raring to go. Let us take a close look at all crucial aspects pertaining to the engrossing contest which begins at the Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium on Thursday.
#5 – Can England’s spinners match up to their counterparts?
Undoubtedly, the biggest factor influencing the trajectory of this series will be the capacity of England’s spinners. Unlike their counterparts in Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Amit Mishra, they are not yet accustomed to the responsibility demanded by subcontinental conditions.
However, the visitors do have enough variety in their bowling attack to challenge the Indian batsmen. In Adil Rashid, they possess an exciting leg-spinner who has the potential to pick up wickets in a cluster. Even though the first Test saw them out bowl the home side's spinners, a turning track will not only provide assistance but also increase the pressure to deliver substantially as well.