England team for 1st test

The England team for the 1st test has been announced. No surprises, really. This really is the same team that whipped the Windies recently, with two additions – Stuart Broad and James Anderson. One of them may play as Harmison is a doubtful starter. After his five-for against India, Broad would probably get the call up.

  • Michael Vaughan
  • Andrew Strauss
  • Alastair Cook
  • Kevin Pietersen
  • Paul Collingwood
  • Ian Bell
  • Matt Prior
  • Ryan Sidebottom
  • Stephen Harmison
  • Monty Panesar
  • Matthew Hoggard
  • James Anderson
  • Stuart Broad.


England will be looking to open the batting with Strauss and Cook. Although Strauss has been struggling for form recently, Cook has looked solid this season. He is no stranger to Indian bowling either having scored a century on debut in India.  

Middle order

The middle order will be made up of Vaughan, Pieterson, Collingwood and Bell. Vaughan started with a century against the West Indies this season, but India should try and target the captain early on in the series. Pieterson had a terrific season against the West Indies, but he struggled against them towards the end. India will be looking at the tapes to see what the Windies did. He is the only player in the England side to average over 50 (Prior has an average of 64 but has only played 4 tests) and is the real danger man for India. Collingwood and Bell complete a very strong batting line-up and although the combination of Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman and Ganguly looks stronger on paper, the England middle order is stronger if we go by recent form alone. Collingwood also scored 2 centuries against the West Indies (the other two Englishmen to do that in the series were Pieterson and Cook). Bell almost made two hundreds with a 108 and a 97 in the series.


Matthew Prior is really an extension of England’s strong middle order having scored a century on debut and following it up with a couple of fifties.

The bowling

If Harmisson doesn’t play, the most likely bowling combination will be Sidebottom, Monty, Hoggard and Broad. Sidebottom took 16 wickets in the recent West Indies series and has looked good. With his swing bowling, Hoggard could pose a lot of questions and Broad performed well against the Indians in the tour game, but the real threat could be Monty Paneeswar who took 23 wickets against the West Indies including 3 five-fors.



10 responses to “England team for 1st test

  1. What is the projected Indian side for Test XI for the first XI ?

    Is Jaffer in or Gambhir ? What happens to Yuvraj ?

    Often, some of us ask the question, what should be the ideal test side ?

  2. I think this is what the team is going to be –

    Zaheer Khan
    RP Singh

    In spite of his failures, Jaffer will still play and Yuvraj will have to be content carrying drinks.

    It is hard to say what an “ideal” test side should be. If it is based purely on capability then Pathan and Sehwag should have made it into the eleven, but if we base it on form, it would be a completely different story…

  3. 99.99% chance is that the team is going to be what Mahesh has mentioned. But ideally, it should have Sehwag instead of Jaffer, Munaf instead of RP Singh And Pathan there on the standbyof bowlers!

  4. My team would be:

    Karthik (wk)
    RP Singh
    Anil Kumble

    Harsh it may be on MS Dhoni, but Indians aren’t good starters, so I would pack the team with seven batters, atleast for the first test.

  5. Jaffer in and Dhoni out – it does not make sense to me.

    Yuvraj can open with Karthik ?

  6. Sure gnbmdr. Yuvraj can open with Karthik. Why? Ramesh Powar can open with Anil Kumble too. And while we are at it, why not send R.P.Singh in as opener too? And Sreesanth?

    The issue is not about can but about the will. Anyone can open with anyone else. But do they want to? And will they?

    Yuvraj will not open. Period. If you still want to break your head against a brick wall, make sure you have a box of tissues nearby.

    Jaffer will play.

  7. Who said that Jaffer in and Dhoni out??


    I don’t go on what they say these days!

  8. That was from Cricket Guru, not CricInfo 🙂

  9. …although, CricInfo did chip in with that article about Dhoni’s decline in form behind the stumps as well as in front of it…

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