INDIA SEEK ENGLAND TEST REVENGE
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.