I agree with you they are unlikely to save a test.
If we compare England's line up with India's line up. Whose top order would you pick at the moment?
Does Finn have poor fitness issues?? Seems to have missed more matches than played if I remember correctly..even the 2011 series against Pakistan he was ruled out with injury..
The only thing that gives me a little hope is that KP isn't known to do back to back big knocks too often is he? And I'd back our non performing losers more to come good over the next two games than Trott and Co. Yuvraj has to go though.
Roads will end up in 1-1 and Dhoni will be criticized for negative cricket
Seaming conditions - India do not have seamers and I think India is scared of offering too much assistance to Andersen and co.
Spin friendly conditions are still India's best bet..also considering England still do have a weakness against spin apart from Cook, Prior and KP.
Even if he struggles in the last couple of games he has probably shown enough to get the NZ tour at least in the future.
Bell for Sammy and Onions for Broad would be my changes for the third.
I'm a long time Patel advocate, but he didn't quite do enough to convince as a test six and, Trotters's & Ding Dong's recent woes notwithstanding, hasn't the body of work behind him to warrant retention.
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