A whole lot of unknowns: England v India series preview

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A whole lot of unknowns: England v India series preview

We preview the upcoming England v India Test series – that has had one of the most lukewarm build-ups in a time of Covid, The Olympics, and The Hundred.

It’s a time of bio-bubbles, quarantines, injuries, mental health and player rotation. And hopefully some memorable cricket too.

Talking Points

  • The new Covid normal in cricket’s landscape
  • Separate teams for Tests and short-form cricket – the pros, the cons, and the economics
  • The constant existential threat facing Test cricket
  • How does one put a value to Test cricket?
  • Monetizing stories, memory, and legacies
  • Ben Stokes’ absence and implications for mental health in cricket
  • India’s recent history in England – with their last win coming in 2007
  • How 4-1 didn’t tell the story of the close series in 2018
  • India’s fast bowling attack maturing over the last three years
  • Bowling in England and New Zealand versus bowling elsewhere
  • India’s selection quandary – in the light of the feeble lower order
  • Mayank Agarwal v Prithvi Shaw
  • The temptation to pick Shardul Thakur
  • England’s thin top-order – and the wealth of seam bowling options
  • Predictions


Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee)

Ashoka (@ABVan)

Mahesh Sethuraman (@cornerd)


Ken Barrington’s demons –  Gideon Haigh – The Cricket Monthly

‘I’ve found my love for the game in the last couple of years’ – Abhinav Mukund interview – 81allout podcast

‘It’s ok to take a break, it’s ok to speak up’ – Abhinav Mukund column – cricbuzz.com

‘It takes time to understand what makes you tick’ – Aakash Chopra interview – 81allout podcast

Test of time – Wright Thompson – ESPN

India have a tailender problem – Karthik Krishnaswamy – ESPNcricinfo

The art of Bedi – Suresh Menon about his biography of Bishan Bedi – 81allout podcast


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