Ind vs Eng Fourth Test Preview: Pressure on England to avoid a whitewash
Skipper Cook needs to get his batting order right and ask his batsmen to come to the party when batting first. Without a big total under his belt, he cannot hope to pin down India
Already 2-0 in the five match Test series , Indian test skipper Virat Kohli will be heading to Mumbai aiming to clinch the series . The fourth Test between India and England begins on December 8. The visitors after drawing the first Test at Rajkot , did not live up to their expectations and crumbled to heavy defeats at Vizag by 246 runs in the second Test and losing the third Test at Mohali by 8 wickets .
The lack of experience of English batsmen on spin friendly tracks and even on a good bouncy pitch at Mohali has exposed the chinks in the English armour. Thus leaving their India sojourn in disarray. Skipper Cook needs to get his batting order right and ask his batsmen to come to the party when batting first. Without a big total under his belt, he cannot hope to pin down India . Joe Root, Haseeb Hameed, Chris Woakes and John Bairstow have shown glimpses that they can play on Indian tracks so it is time others too try to emulate them. It is this way England can avoid a possible whitewash.
India on the other hand have looked a side on a mission.Skipper Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara have been in great form and have made up for the failures of others . The worrying for the team management is the sudden dip in form of deputy Ajinkya Rahane. The form of the openers is also bit of a concern. These re the headaches the team management has to resolve soon. The spinners led by Ravichandran Ashwin and Jayant Yadav have cast their web around the English batsmen and they are finding it tough to break free . The success of Indian spinners and the seamers Umesh Yadav , Mohammad Shami have spelt doom for the English team in this series.
So onus is on Alastair Cook and his men to rise and challenge India at Mumbai . Will they be able to halt the fine run of Virat Kohli and his men? it remains to be seen .