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TOP-RANKED In­dia will look to set­tle old scores by un­leash­ing their spin­ners on a frag­ile-look­ing Eng­land when the first Test of a five-match se­ries be­gins in Ra­jkot to­mor­row. Eng­land were the last team to win a Test se­ries on In­dian soil when they came from be­hind to tri­umph 2-1 in 2012, but In­dia are cur­rently en­joy­ing an im­pres­sive run. Tal­is­manic cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli has scored two Test dou­ble cen­turies this year and has led his side to four se­ries wins in a row after tak­ing over the cap­taincy in 2015. Re­cent vic­to­ries, in­clud­ing a white­wash of New Zealand, have not only dimmed mem­o­ries of three con­sec­u­tive Test se­ries de­feats to Eng­land – in 2011, 2012 and 2014 – but also whet­ted In­dia’s ap­petite for re­venge. Their prospects have been boosted by the re­cent sparkling form of Ravichan­dran Ash­win, who be­came the sec­ond quick­est bowler to reach 200 wick­ets dur­ing In­dia’s 3-0 de­mo­li­tion of the Black Caps. The off-spin­ner will look to ex­ploit an Eng­land bat­ting line-up that strug­gled on slow and low pitches dur­ing their re­cent tour of Bangladesh which saw them lose a Test to the min­nows for the first time.

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