England vs. India second test match preview and tips

The first test match between England and India ended in a draw, however numerous world records were broken in an amazing five days!

Joe Root and James AndersonJoe Root and James Anderson put together the highest partnership for a last wicket stand in test match history, with England’s no.11 scoring 81 in an amazing stand of 198!

In India’s first innings, they to also had a last wicket stand of over 100, with the no.9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar and no.11 Mohammed Shami amazingly both scoring half centuries.

India looked in trouble for periods on the final day, however managed to bat out a draw, despite a rare Alastair Cook wicket!

The draw means the series is evenly balanced going into the second match, which starts at Lords on Thursday.

Much was made of the unfavourable bowling conditions at Trent Bridge, with the pitch offering little for the quick bowlers or spin options.

The Lords pitch certainly will offer more, with 10 of the last 12 test matches played there producing a winning result.

Simon Kerrigan has been called up by England, due to their lack of spin alternatives during the Indian draw.

Since Graeme Swann’s retirement, England have struggled with their spin bowlers, with Moeen Ali the chief slower bowler in England’s recent tests.

Ali is known more for his batting and despite his best efforts with the ball, England need an out and out spinner to come in.

India are likely to keep the same side, although Ravichandran Ashwin will be hopeful of a recall, after missing out on the first test match.

Betting preview

England haven’t won a test match in their last nine, losing six and drawing three.

Despite their poor run, a side from the draw, they are favourites, given India’s awful away record in test matches.

In conditions that will suit England better, you would fancy Cook’s side to end their long run without a victory.

Cook himself is under immense pressure given the poor form of the team and himself and hasn’t made a meaningful score since the home series win over New Zealand.

The captain will need to lead from the front to end his personal and team drought, especially if England win the toss and bat first on Thursday.

India’s best batsmen Virat Kohli struggled in the first test match and his odds are too short to bet on, meaning I suggest looking at Cheteshwar Pujara for the Indian top run scorer.

Pujara has an excellent record against England, scoring two hundreds in the four match series in Asia in 2012.

Result: England (7/4 with Bet 365)

Top run scorers: England – Alastair Cook (4/1 with Bet 365) India – Cheteshwar Pujara (4/1 with Bet 365)

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