Ian Botham says judge England on India not on Bangladesh
Former England cricketer Ian Botham said that England should not be judged on the loss to Bangladesh in the 2nd test at Dhaka, they must be judged with the five match test series against India starting from 9th November.
England was 100 for 0 but lost 10 wickets for 64 which saw them lose by 108 runs. “It (a rapid collapse) can happen in that part of the world,” England great Botham told AFP in an interview in London on Sunday.
“The wickets are tailored, they are designed to spin. When you see spinners opening in Tests with the new ball, you get an idea of what’s coming.
“It’s good for them (Bangladesh). But what they’ve got to do is to start winning outside of their own country. That’s the acid test and that’s what England has got to do now.
“At the end of the day, they’ll be judged not so much on what happens in Bangladesh, but they will be judged more on what happens in India.”
The last time England toured India, they beat them 2-1. In the present England team, there are few players who can change the course of the match with bowling or batting. Ben Stokes was the man of the moment for England in test series against Bangladesh.
The England top order did not play the Bangladesh spinners well in the test series. In India where the pitches will be helpful for the spinners and with top class spinners like Ashwin, Jadeja it will be a tough challenge for England batsmen.
India will be a tough challenge for England team to face good quality spinners.
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