Monty Panesar, former England left-arm spinner, opined that India can easily beat England 5-0 if the wickets turn. After the World Test Championship final against New Zealand, India will play against England in a five-match Test series. The two teams had last clashed in India. The Virat Kohli-led team had then handed England a 3-1 thrashing.
According to Monty Panesar, the Indian spinners can exploit the host team’s weakness if the surfaces offer assistance. He also pointed out that the weather would be warmer when the Test series begins in August. The weather can be in favor of the Indian players. It would help with the overall performance of the team. India has played good matches in warmer conditions in the past.
Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are the two main spinners of the Indian side
They have significant experience playing the game. Both of them had proved to be extremely effective in the Australian condition a few months back. Further spin options for the team are Axar Patel and Washington Sundar. Axar Patel had given an impactful performance against England during his debut test series.
The former spinner also added that he expects greener pitches for the World Test Championship final against New Zealand. But for the five-match Test series against England, the wickets are going to be drier.
The Kiwis are already in the United Kingdom and are scheduled to play two test matches against England. The first test would begin on 22nd June in Lord’s. This would help them get accommodated to the English batting conditions. That would be an advantage for them when the New Zealand team plays against India in the WTC finals later.
Monty Panesar also backed the Indian seamers. He expects the seamers to do well against the inexperienced top order of England. The top order is going to be an issue for England. According to the 39-year-old, the English team would heavily depend on their skipper Joe Root to score runs.
India’s five-match series against the host nation would start on August 4 in Nottingham. The Indian team has not won a single Test series in England since 2007.