Former England captain Michael Vaughan has predicted that the Indian side will romp home with a 3-1 series victory over the hosts, England. The 5-match Test series between the two sides have set the fans abuzz, with the first of the five being played at Trent Bridge, Nottingham from August 4-8. This will kick off the second cycle of the World Test Championship as well.
Unsurprisingly, many experts and former players have favored India to come out victors in the rubber. Given the lack of match-winners Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer, England will surely go in as the weaker of the two squads. However, considering the Englishmen are playing in their home conditions, nothing is assured.
Michael Vaughan, a man full of controversial opinions, has piped down and jumped on the Indian bandwagon. He feels England start on the backfoot without their key players. On his Twitter account, he wrote:
“Can’t wait for the Test series to start tomorrow. The best format by a country mile. India favorites & rightly so. England has so many key players missing. But if India doesn’t pick Jadeja, they must be bloody bonkers. India to Win 3-1!”
Evening all .. Can’t wait for the Test series to start tomorrow .. The best format by a country mile .. India favourites & rightly so .. England have so many key players missing .. But it India don’t pick @imjadeja they must be bloody bonkers .. #ENGvIND .. India to Win 3-1 !
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 3, 2021
England will miss the services of several key players
A depleted English side doesn’t inspire necessarily confidence but if their own countrymen share the same opinion, the team is in turmoil. Earlier, Graeme Swann also predicted a 3-1 victory for India considering the depth in Indian batting. He also egged on the fact that apart from Joe Root, England lacks a batsman who can provide support to the English captain.
While Ben Stokes took an indefinite break from cricket to tend to his mental health, pace bowler Jofra Archer is still struggling to cope with his elbow injury. He has set his sights on the T20 World Cup and the Ashes for now. Woakes on the other hand also sustained a broken heel and is out of the squad for the first two Tests. The latest casualty was Ollie Pope, who was ruled out of the first Test owing to a thigh strain.