London: India will play it’s first Test match of the new WTC cycle against England on Wednesday. Team India will be confident going into the first Test of the 5-match series against England. Former England captain, Michael Vaughan has said that India has the best chance of sealing a series win in England and if they fail to do so, they should simply “go home”.
Vaughan’s witty, but harsh criticism comes as notably, England are without some of their key payers. As Ben Stokes had announced last week, he is taking an indefinite break from international cricket. Apart from Stokes, Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes are also unavailable for selection.
“I’m going to put India under a huge amount of pressure. If they can’t beat this England side, with the team that they have, on the back of winning in Australia (twice), on the back of the unfortunate incidents in in terms of Ben Stokes missing out, no Chris Woakes – his record in the UK is exceptional, no Jofra Archer… if India can’t beat this England side, on the back of New Zealand winning here decently, they should go home, simple as that,” Vaughan told Cricbuzz.
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 2, 2021
Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley are also not in good form while Ollie Pope can also be replaced due to injury.
“I just think that this Indian side has got pretty much everything. In my view, across the world there are really good teams that can win at home quite consistently. There is only one team that I look at the moment that can win all round the world, and that is India. I think they have got absolutely everything in terms of skillset, leadership, drive.. there aren’t many teams that have gone to Australia and won twice on the trot. They have to do it,” added Vaughan.
Nonetheless, weather in Nottingham, is expected to be cloudy on Day 1. The sun will be out on Wednesday, but all the following days are expected to experience some rainfall in Nottingham