Dale Steyn anticipates that India will push England hard in their upcoming series of five Test matches, however feels England have the edge in commonplace conditions.

Numerous specialists concur that India, the No.1 Test team on the planet, are in a decent space to record a series win in England, particularly with the hosts amidst a poor succession of results in the format.

Steyn, who assumed just a bit part in the principal Test when India visited South Africa not long ago and lost 2-1, concurred with the perspective, saying that Virat Kohli’s India are ‘capable for anything’.

‘The advantage most likely lies with England’ – Dale Steyn

Dale Steyn anticipates that India will push England hard in their upcoming series of five Test matches, however feels England have the edge in commonplace conditions.

Numerous specialists concur that India, the No.1 Test team on the planet, are in a decent space to record a series win in England, particularly with the hosts amidst a poor succession of results in the format.

Steyn, who assumed just a bit part in the principal Test when India visited South Africa not long ago and lost 2-1, concurred with the perspective, saying that Virat Kohli’s India are ‘capable for anything’.

“Driven by Virat, this Indian team is capable for anything. I know Virat quite well. He’s a significant decided character. Five Test matches will be beneficial for one team and on the off chance that one team gets on a roll the other team will be blown away,” said Steyn at an event in Mumbai on Thursday, 26 July.

England drew the home Test series against Pakistan 1-1 in May-June this year, however had lost 1-0 away against New Zealand in March and 4-0 in the Ashes in Australia preceding that. Yet, the capacity of their pacers, particularly James Anderson and Stuart Broad, could make any kind of difference.

“It will be a hard-battled Test series. The England bowlers are somewhat more talented and that is the place the distinction will be … that will be the tipping point,” said Steyn, who got up to speed with Shaun Pollock at 421 wickets at the highest point of the wicket-takers’ rundown for South Africa in Tests amid the ongoing voyage through Sri Lanka.

“India do depend intensely on their spinners and they complete an extraordinary activity in one-day cricket. Right now, the wickets are quite level (in England) and there hasn’t been a considerable measure of turn, particularly in the four-dayers in area cricket. So they will depend on their quick bowlers. What’s more, on the off chance that they don’t have them, at that point they’re stuck in an unfortunate situation.”

The last time England and India played Test cricket, India won 4-0. But that was in India in late 2016. But India have won a Test series in England only thrice – 1971, 1986 and 2007, and lost 3-1 the last time, in 2014.

“The advantage probably lies with England, obviously being at home and with such a long tour, it tends to become very long. India have been there for ODIs and are a very good touring team now. If I put my money, I will probably put it on England. But it is going to be tight,” Steyn said.

“These are conditions that England are used to. Home series generally goes away with home sides.”

Sticking to the theme of the Indians being better tourists than before, Steyn included, “They treated themselves in South Africa, which I consider is the hardest place to play cricket. They came to South Africa and just showed signs of improvement. It could be valid in England as well.”

The main England v India Test will begin on 1 August at Edgbaston.

 

 

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