England vs India: Rain forces visitors to cancel a practice session
Will the conditions change by the time the Test series gets underway?
Updated - Jul 29, 2018 4:47 pm
Amidst all the talk of England experiencing its hottest summer ever, the rain has arrived in Birmingham and has cancelled the practice session of the Indian team. There were talks of the spinners playing their part in the series with dry pitches likely to welcome both the sides. But the conditions currently in the lead up to the series opener must have surely rejuvenated the hosts.
Team India has stacked up its squad with three spinners Ravi Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav. There were chances of at least two of them playing in the first Test. But it seems that they will have to shelve their plans as there is more rain in the forecast. The weather in England has changed dramatically over the last couple of days and finally, the rain gods have opened up.
Swing to play its part?
According to India Today, India’s practice session was cancelled on Sunday and more rain is expected on Monday with the first set to commence on Wednesday. If it continues to be gloomy, there will be moisture in the pitch on the first day at Edgbaston. The likes of James Anderson and Stuart Broad pose a huge threat in that case and facing the new ball will become an improbable task then.
The visitors more often than not struggle against the moving ball as it was evident in the practice game as well and England would love to have a go at the Indians in overcast conditions.
The top order will be tested to the hilt now and this might be the start of the stern things to come for the Indian team in the near future. If they manage to tackle the new ball bowlers of England then it will be a fascinating series for the spectators to watch.
Surprise surprise: it’s Raining ☔️ in Birmingham and India’s practice session has been cancelled – more rain forecast tomorrow as well. England will be happy #IndvEng
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) July 29, 2018