Former England cricketer Nasser Hussain has sounded a warning to the Indian team, stating that the current England side is on an upward curve and they can surprise everyone. In an interview in Daily Mail, Hussain spoke about playing both Broad and Anderson in India, Rory Burns as an opener, and England's chance of winning in India. Read more – Shane Lee feels players appear a bit scared under Kohli and relaxed under Rahane
"England have got a chance, absolutely, the way they’re playing," he replied when asked about England's chances of winning in India. "The brand and style of cricket Joe Root and Chris Silverwood have put together has made them much better away from home. But, make no mistake, this and Australia away are the two hardest challenges for an England side. They will need to start well," he added.
Speaking about England's key figures, Hussain feels that Joe Root has to match Virat Kohli. He also stressed the role of openers and how they must look solid than they were in Sri Lanka. "Joe Root simply has to match Virat Kohli. And England’s bowlers need to keep Kohli quiet," he said.
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"The onus will also be on England’s openers to be more solid than they were in Sri Lanka. I was pleased for Dom Sibley because he looked a lot better in his last innings."
Hussain admitted that he feels worried about left-handers in the squad against Ravichandran Ashwin. He stated, "It does worry me players are going to come back in without any cricket and I’m also concerned about left-handers against Ravi Ashwin. But, with consistency in selection in mind, I’d back Burns and I’d have Crawley at three despite his problems in Sri Lanka. He just has to be a bit softer with his wrists when playing spin."
As far as playing both Broad and Anderson in India, the former England skipper said not to over-complicate the selection. He added, "Don’t over-complicate selection, don’t over-think it, don’t have any pre-conceived ideas. Just look down at the pitch and choose your best attack for those conditions."
"In Chennai, you probably need two spinners, but in Ahmedabad, under lights for the third Test, England may need to play both Anderson and Broad, have Root as second spinner and leave Bess out."
He concluded by saying, "India are favourites and I’d go for them winning 2-1 but this England side can surprise you and they’re on an upward curve."
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