England and India are just three days away to lock horns with each other at Edgbaston in Birmingham in the first Test of the five-match series. However, the former English cricketer Troy Cooley has solely backed the Three Lions despite being aware that India will be difficult to control on dry pitches.
Indian Team is scheduled to play quality cricket against England while donning the whites. Moreover, the weather in England is expected to be hot due to an extended summer.
Subsequently, England is experiencing a warm summer due to the absence of rains from many weeks, as of now.
Endurance test for Stuart Broad and James Anderson
The former bowling coach of England, Troy Cooley said that it would be a test of endurance for England pacemen Stuart Broad and James Anderson respectively.
Cooley said that due to dry conditions, the English duo has to bowl a little faster. He added that they need to put more effort to make ball reverse.
Concurrently, Cooley is staying at Brisbane in Australia. He is the head coach of National Cricket Center (NCA) at Brisbane. Interestingly, he is accompanying 12-players from the Australian National Academy (ACA).
“James Anderson and Stuart Broad can trouble the Indian batsmen. When England pitches get dry, reverse swing becomes the key. When the wicket is dry, and the ball is not seaming as much, the reverse comes into play. England is masters in reverse swing in their country,” said Cooley to Australian media.
Duke ball aids reverse swing:
As far as cricket ball is concerned, Troy Cooley rates Duke ball ahead. He feels that the particular ball will aid reverse swing as it tends to get older against India in the impending Test series against hosts England.
“The Duke ball does a lot when it becomes old. Duke ball is normally set for grassier and seaming surfaces. When it gets dry, the coating on the ball gets ripped off quickly, thereby giving an opportunity for it to reverse. And the squares will play a big part in roughing the ball,” Cooley mentioned.