Former India opener Wasim Jaffer said that he is confident that the Indian team is well prepared for the England Test series which begins on August 4 with the first Test to be played in Nottingham. He further mentioned that not playing a practice match before the World Test Championship final was a drawback for India.
Speaking on his official YouTube channel, Wasim Jaffer previewed the first Test between England and India. Jaffer opined that New Zealand was well prepared before the WTC final after playing two Tests against England. However, he felt that the Indian team was much better prepared for the England series having played a practice game against the County XI in Durham.
Indian Team Has Been In England For A Long Time And Have Enough Practice: Wasim Jaffer
As the Indian team prepares for the England Test series, Wasim Jaffer said that Virat Kohli and co were better prepared this time than they were against New Zealand in the WTC 2021 final, having played a practice game.
“Same way, I feel India team is well prepared now. They have been in England for a long time and have enough practice under their belt compared to England,” Jaffer said.
On the other hand, Jaffer said that many England players will find it difficult in the first few Test matches as they lacked red-ball practice, having played white-ball matches against Sri Lanka and Pakistan and coming off from playing in the Hundred.
“Lots of England players have been playing in the Hundred leading up to the series. So I feel they will be short of red-ball practice coming into this Test, which will go in favor of the Indian team. England also suffered a huge setback with Ben Stokes taking an indefinite break due to mental health issues. He will be missing. He is a very key part of this England team, not just as a batter but as an all-rounder he gives crucial breakthroughs with the ball at different stages of the game,” said Wasim Jaffer.
England Side’s Inexperience In The Batting Order Will Favor Team India: Wasim Jaffer
The 43-year-old former India opener who played 31 Tests and 2 ODIs for India, further mentioned that inexperience in England’s batting lineup will work in favor of the Indian team.
“Collectively, it is a huge setback for England, as they rely a lot on Joe Root and Ben Stokes. The other players aren’t that experienced as far as international cricket is concerned. I think this will go in favor of the Indian team,” added Jaffer.