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    *Official* Road to India in England 2014

    Yes, yes, you can all make the usual joke

    But I just want to ask:

    1st Test - July 9-13, Trent Bridge
    2nd Test - July 17-21, Lord's
    3rd Test - July 27-31, Ageas Bowl*
    4th Test - August 7-11, Old Trafford
    5th Test - August 15-19, The Oval
    Is that itinerary for real? Never seen such a condensed series before. At least it's five Tests.
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    England to win 5-0 or something similar to that.

    Will be surprised if India beat any of England or the Saffers in a single test, let alone a series. I even see them getting flogged by us.

    BTW, what the hell is the Ageas Bowl?
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    Formerly Rose Bowl, Southampton.

    India don't deserve 5 Tests.

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    The ground formerly known as the Rose Bowl.
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    Hey morgie, think it used to be called the Rose Bowl.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MW1304 View Post
    Formerly Rose Bowl, Southampton.

    India don't deserve 5 Tests.


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    Have to say I'm pleasantly surprised that it's stayed a 5 Test series.

    Will be the first non-Ashes 5 Test series for 10 years, which is a massive positive for Test cricket.
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    another whitewash?
    And smalishah's avatar is the most classy one by far Jan certainly echoes the sentiments of CW

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    Quote Originally Posted by smalishah84 View Post
    another whitewash?

    We may get lucky with rain but otherwise I don't have much hopes given our bowling...

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    Good lord, everyone seems to write off the Indian team without a second thought! I don't believe the results will be anywhere as bad as these posts suggests, as long as the team is managed properly- a stretch, knowing Duncan Fletcher. They have a start- most of the failures from the twelve-Test horror have been done away with. New opening batting combination, new middle-order, possibly new opening bowling combination (I expect a trio of Umesh-Bucky-Pankaj/Pandey), and although the spinners are a weak link, I'd expect at least Mishra (if he gets a chance) to do well. Winning a series at either place is a stretch, just like Duncan Fletcher running the team well, but I do expect the new Indian team to compete.
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    Mishra was sooo good last time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by honestbharani View Post
    We may get lucky with rain but otherwise I don't have much hopes given our bowling...
    True, but last time IIRC wasn't Dravid the only batsman who really showed up? Who are the new guys who can be relied upon?

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    Likely that only Dhoni (and maybe Ishant) from the guys that were part of 4-0 will be playing in this.

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    Ashwin will be India's MOTS.
    "Your averages, captain, coaches and players can probably survive incompetence over a relatively short series, so if youíre going to be rubbish, make sure itís against Pakistan, Sri Lanka, New Zealand or someone."

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    5 tests is awesome

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