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Old 20th January 2021, 11:30   #492
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Originally Posted by Ali TT View Post
Although India still lost heavily the last time they toured England, the score line flattered England a little. Other than the Lord's test, the matches were hard fought (look at the marginal differences in first innings scores). There was a marked change in the competitiveness and toughness of the Indian side, especially the bowling, compared to 2014 and 2011. I wouldn't be surprised if the 2021 vintage emerges victorious, although the back to back nature of the two series presents a new challenge for both sides.
The fight was definitely there during our last tour, but we didn't have the skills to counter the moving ball. From the way the likes of Shaw or Gill or even Pujara, Rahane or Kohli play, I wonder if anything much has changed. If the conditions aid swing, our batting would still struggle. Our catching too has been poor, so it might provide a lot more chance for the English batsmen. That only leaves our bowlers, and thankfully we have a decent bunch these days, so that's something to feel hopeful about.
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