Former Indian bowler Zaheer Khan believes that England is doing much better in Tests on current form than the Indian team, which hasn’t played a Test match since March this year.
As for England, they started off under the new head coach, Brendon McCullum in fine fashion. Ben Stokes and co. defeated New Zealand by a 3-0 margin at home, becoming the first team in Test history to chase down 250+ totals 3 times in a row.
“England have played more Tests than India in the past year. This is why I believe England are ahead of India when it comes to match practice. England have played a lot of matches recently and have also introduced major changes to the side. They are in better touch than India in terms of playing this format,” Zaheer told Cricbuzz.
“England will be very high on confidence” – Zaheer Khan
Although the English still have top-order woes, they have found support for Joe Root in the likes of Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, and Ollie Pope. Bairstow, in particular, adopted a white-ball strategy that worked to perfection against the Kiwis.
“The Indian cricketers were busy with the IPL for two and a half months. They later took on South Africa in a T20I series. The players have been busy playing only a single format.”
“This is why they decided to come to England quite early to prepare well for the match. India have done proactive planning as this is going to be a deciding game. But England will be very high on confidence after their series win over New Zealand,” he further added.
The one-off Test between India and England begins on July 1st at Edgbaston.