INDIA should view their disappointing 1-4 series loss to England as a missed opportunity.
India were highly competitive in the series — apart from a disastrous loss at Lord’s — but the squad had enough ability to do better than just compete.
The batting was disappointing and especially the way they played spin bowling at Trent Bridge. A great opportunity went begging when their failure to be more proactive against Moeen Ali meant a chance to level the series was squandered. Apart from Cheteshwar Pujara, no player was prepared to alter the off-spinner’s flight path by leaving the crease.
The series loss is even more of a wasted opportunity when you consider how well the visiting fast bowlers performed. India now have to rely on rehabilitating their reputation in the highly-anticipated series against Australia but the batting inadequacies have to be addressed.
While Australia’s batting is questionable with their two best players Steve Smith and David Warner missing through suspension, the bowling attack is still extremely strong.
If Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Patrick Cummins and Nathan Lyon remain fit then the Indian batsmen will be in for a challenging time. In England, it was movement through the air and off the seam that created regular