England are set to host India for three T20 internationals, three one-day internationals and five test matches. India's tour of England will begin with the T20I series from July 3 followed by the ODI series from July 12. The final leg of the tournament, the test series, will begin from August 1. The visitors are also scheduled to play a first-class match against Essex from July 25–28 as part of preparation ahead of the tests.
Read on for team previews, betting odds, betting tips and series predictions for India tour of England 2018....
England have announced a 14-man squad for the T20 international series that will be led by Eoin Morgan. The squad is without Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes, both of whom are recovering from leg injuries. However, Stokes could be added later if he fully recovers from his injury. While fast bowler Mark Wood has been rested, the selectors have ignored the likes of James Vince, Liam Dawson, Sam Billings and Dawid Malan who were all included for the tri-series involving New Zealand and Australia earlier this year. Jake Ball has earned a call-up and so have Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root and Moeen Ali who were all rested for that tri-series.
England's batting in the T20I series is going to depend on the likes of Jason Roy, Joe Root, Jos Buttler and skipper Eoin Morgan. Morgan with 1678 runs in 72 matches is the leading run-getter for the team in the shortest format while Root is one of the most consistent batsmen in the game across all formats. Buttler has been in excellent form since the IPL and Roy with his aggressive approach will be crucial in getting the team off to brisk starts. With the ball, the hosts will bank on David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali to do the job. Willey is the highest wicket-taker for England in T20Is with 24 wickets from the current squad and he together with Plunkett who did well in the recent series against Australia will be key men in this pace attack. Rashid and Moeen will be the go-to bowlers for the skipper when it comes to spin. The former was England's best bowler in the Trans-Tasman tri-series and is coming on the back of a very impressive performance against Australia.
England have not had a good time in T20 cricket of late. Since the 2016 World T20 held in India, they have lost four of their six T20 international series. Their last series win came against South Africa last year; a three-game home series which the hosts ended up winning 2-1. They then lost a one-off match against the West Indies at home before losing three of their four fixtures in the recent tri-series in Australia/New Zealand.
Barring that recent shock defeat against Scotland, England have been very impressive in the 50-overs format in recent times with nine wins in their past eleven bilateral one-day international series. After failing to reach the final of last year's ICC Champions Trophy, they beat the West Indies 4-0 and then Australia 4-1 to win back-to-back ODI series at home. The hosts played their last ODI series against Australia at home which they won quite comfortably.
England have won four, lost three and drawn as many test series out of the last ten that they have played. In England, the hosts have a very impressive record with seven wins, three draws and just one defeat in their past eleven series. That only defeat came against Sri Lanka in 2014; it was a two-match series which the home team lost 0-1. England drew their last test series 1-1 against Pakistan at home earlier this year in May-June.
Owing to their impressive performances in the Indian Premier League, batsman KL Rahul and pace bowler Siddarth Kaul have both found a place in the 16-man ODI and T20I squad. The selectors have also included batsman Shreyas Iyer while leaving out Ajinkya Rahane who, barring just the one game, had failed to make an impact on the South Africa tour earlier this year. Rahane, however, has found a place for himself in the 18-man test squad along with the other two test specialists Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara. Paceman Umesh Yadav was the standout bowler for RCB in the IPL and his good performance has earned him a spot in the T20 squad. Ambati Rayudu failed to pass his fitness test and he has been replaced in the ODI squad by Suresh Raina.
Manish Pandey, Mohammed Shami, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur and Kedar Jadhav (who has not recovered from the injury he sustained during the IPL) are the others to have been left out. Young off-spinner Washington Sundar has been trusted and included for both the formats while Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja continue to remain sidelined. Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have retained their places in the pace department while Jaydev Unadkat has been ignored.
Wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha has been ruled out of the entire series with a shoulder injury, rendering Dinesh Karthik as India's first-choice wicketkeeper. Bhuvneshwar Kumar who aggravated his lower back injury in the final ODI has been sidelined for the first three tests. His bowling partner Jasprit Bumrah is still recovering from a thumb injury. Although he has been included in the squad, he will only be considered for selection from the second test onwards subject to fitness.
Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni will be the key batsmen for India on this tour. Kohli is leading the ICC ODI player rankings for batsmen and he is also the world number two in tests. The skipper is averaging over 50 in both the formats and he has also scored the most runs for his side in the shortest format. Dhawan has shown good ODI form of late and he has also been impressive for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL. Rohit Sharma is likely to open the batting with Dhawan in the white-ball series and could be difficult to contain if he survives the swing of the new ball early on and gets set. Dhoni will be another key player for the visitors in both the T20Is and the ODIs as his presence in the middle order provides stability to the team. The former captain has the ability to read the situation very well and can change gears whenever the need be. Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara are test specialists and they have the ability to play the big innings.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav will lead the Indian pace attack and the duo will pose a big threat to the England batsmen on this tour. Jasprit Bumrah has risen as a test bowler and the team will be hoping that he gets fit soon. Mohammed Shami is one of the better exponents of reverse swing and so he will have a big role to play with both the new and old ball. The visitors will also rely on their spin-twins Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav to chip in with a few wickets and strangle the hosts with their tight bowling in both the T20s and the ODIs. Both these wrist-spinners are intelligent bowlers and are good at producing false strokes from the batsmen by enticing them with their flighted deliveries. Kuldeep has foxed the batsmen several times on this tour and he could give them a hard time in the tests as well. Ravichandran Ashwin is the fifth best test bowler in the world and India will bank on his experience to take wickets.
India's performance in T20 cricket has been pretty impressive in recent times; they have won five and drawn one of their past six T20 series. Their most recent defeat in this format came last year against the West Indies at Kingston in a one-off match. Since then, they have beaten Sri Lanka (1-0 in Sri Lanka and 3-0 at home), New Zealand and South Africa and have drawn a three-game series 1-1 against Australia. India won their last T20 tournament - a tri-nation series in Sri Lanka which also involved Bangladesh.
The visitors have been showing excellent form in the one-day internationals as well, winning their last six bilateral ODI series in a row. The tour of South Africa earlier this year was their most recent ODI assignment; a six-match series which they ended up winning 5-1. Prior to that, they won 2-1 each against Sri Lanka and New Zealand, 4-1 against Australia, 3-1 against the West Indies before whitewashing Sri Lanka 5-0 on their own turf.
India have a terrific test record in recent times, losing just one of their past twelve series. They have won ten of those and have won three of their last four series away from home. Their most recent test encounter came against debutants Afghanistan at home last month when the hosts wrapped up the game inside two days. Prior to that, they faced a 1-2 defeat in a three-match series against South Africa in South Africa.
Eoin Morgan(c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Dawid Malan
Eoin Morgan(c), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Jake Ball, James Vince
Joe Root(c), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler, Adil Rashid, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, James Porter
Joe Root(c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Alastair Cook, Sam Curran, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, James Porter, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes
Joe Root(c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Alastair Cook, Sam Curran, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, James Porter, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes, Ben Stokes
Virat Kohli(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Umesh Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Chahar
Virat Kohli(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Hardik Pandya, Siddarth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Suresh Raina, Umesh Yadav, Axar Patel
Virat Kohli(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami
Virat Kohli(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Prithvi Shaw, Hanuma Vihari
England have won three out of the four bilateral T20 international series against India. The most recent series between these two countries was played last year in Jan-Feb in India. It was a three-match series in which the hosts, after going down in the first encounter, made a strong comeback by winning the remaining two fixtures to win 2-1. India have not played a three-match T20 series in England before.
India have won the last four bilateral ODI series they have played against England. They won a three-match series 2-1 when England last toured India in January 2017. The hosts won the first two matches but conceded a consolation win to the visitors in the final game. India emerged victorious 3-1 in the five-game ODI series on their last trip to England in 2014. After the first game was washed off, the tourists secured wins in the next three games before the hosts ended their winning streak with a 41-run victory in the final match.
England and India have both won three test series each out of the last six they have played against each other. There have been nine five-match series between these two countries and out of those England have won four while India have won three. The hosts have beaten the tourists twice in the last three test series between them in England. India last played England in a test series in Nov-Dec 2016. It was a five-match series in India which the hosts ended up winning 4-0.
India are currently third in the ICC T20 international rankings while England are two places below on the fifth spot. The former have been performing better in T20 cricket and are undefeated in their last six series while the latter have not had much success of late in this format. England do have the advantage of playing in their own conditions but they will also be aware of the fact that they have lost two of their last three T20I series at home. The hosts are also without Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes who have been key components in their side. India on the other hand have a strong bowling attack with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah as the death-overs specialists. Although it won't be easy for the visitors to get into the T20 mode straight away in foreign conditions, the kind of form they have shown over the last two years makes us confident in backing them to win this T20 series.
Final Verdict: Back India to beat England in the T20 international series.
England beat India in the recent ODI series and so they will be going into the test series high on confidence and with momentum on their side. The visitors who started the tour off with a win in the T20 international series will be feeling slightly under-confident after being thrashed in the last two ODIs. Moreover, injuries to spearheads Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah will leave the Indian pace attack slightly blunt. Although Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami are fine test bowlers but they are not as threatening as those two. Plus, the English batsmen deprived Kohli's trump card Kuldeep Yadav a wicket in the final ODI and this means that they may have finally got the measure of him. Indian batsmen are known to be flat-track bullies and they have a history of faring poorly in English conditions where the red ball seams and swings a lot more. England are a very tough team to beat at home, particularly in the longest format, and we feel they are better placed to win this series.
Final Verdict: Back England to beat India in the test series at 1.80 on Betway and 1.66 on Betfair.