India England series begins today

The India England series kicks off today with the 1st test match at Nagpur. Although India lost the Test series to Pakistan in Pakistan, they bounced back convincingly in the 1-dayers to win it 4-1. Also, they have a lot of fresh faces in the Test team – Sree Santh, VRV Singh, Suresh Raina along with the regular faces must be all waiting to make their mark. On the other hand, England have been beseiged with injury problems – Vaughan and Simon Jones have already gone back to England, Trescothik has withdrawn on personal reasons and both Pieterson and Collingwood have back problems. Captaincy Tips?

That leaves Flintoff with the not-so-envious task of leading the side for the first time, being the talismanic cricketer, one of their main bowlers and their ever dependent batsmen all in one. That is one huge task asking from him. But as Nasser Hussain pointed out, all this might actually work out in their favor and put the pressure back on India. What will happen – will the Indians fire, will Sachin blaze, will Harmison and co knock out the Indians etc – all these questions will soon be answered when the battle begins tonight.

Cheers,
Thyaga

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