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India v England Second Test Tips: Runs first up should shorten draw

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Ed Hawkins has the team news, pitch report and in-play strategies for game two which starts on Friday from Vizag


India v England
Friday 2 February
, 04.00
TV: Live on Sky Sports

India v England second Test team news

India are 1-0 down and players are dropping like flies. Virat Kohli sits this one out as well and he will be joined by Ravi Jadeja and KL Rahul with injuries.

Jadeja is a huge miss because his batting and bowling have been superb for the hosts for a long time. Instead of looking for a like-for-like Kuldeep Yadav's nous and experience could be preferred to Washington Sundar.

With the bat, Rajat Patidar is the next cab off the rank although followers of the domestic scene would hope to see the prolific Sarfaraz Khan.

Possible XI: Rohit, Jaiswal, Gill, Shreyas, Patidar, Axar, Charat, Ashwin, Kuldeep, Bumrah, Siraj

Jack Leach is a confirmed absentee but England are unlikely to be too concerned. Tom Hartley outbowled Leach in the first Test and with his useful batting he has very quickly become key.

Shoaib Bashir debuts as England again go with three spinners. James Anderson comes in for Mark Wood. That is perhaps a surprise. A bowler of pace could be useful to crack a partnership (going short for example) and Anderson isn't that man. He will bowl dry and be capable of reverse, though.

Named XI: Crawley, Duckett, Pope, Root, Stokes, Bairstow, Foakes, Rehan, Hartley, Anbderson, Bashir

India v England second Test pitch report

It would be a surprise if India abandoned their strategy of producing turners. England took a 1-0 lead by batting first on their last tour but were then destroyed by spin. Certainly the two Tests at Vizag suggest spin will dominate. England and South Africa were beaten in 2016 and 2019 respectively with 68% of wickets to fall in those matches going to spin.

There were also big first-innings scores in those matches. A classic flat one for three days before it disintegrates is a possibility. If India bat first we could be looking to get long of their first-innings par line.

India v England second Test match odds

India are 1.558/15 favourites with England 3.505/2. The draw is 15.014/1. That's chunky for a trade considering the likelihood of batters dominating the first dig.

India opened with 455 against England in 2016 and the hosts and South Africa traded 502 for seven declared and 431 respectively in 2019. With something similar on the cards at least half could come off that price.

Laying back at around 6.5011/2 for an extra 50% on the original stake will guarantee profits on both results.

Batting first is crucial. There should be an advantage bowling on a fourth-innings surface and it is important to bear in mind for in-play that a target of 170-220 could mean the bowling side is vastly underrated.

When England looked likely to get such a lead immeditaley after the wicket of Ben Foakes in the first Test second innings they were 8.808/1.

Meanwhile, placing an order for both sides at twice their current price - a Cricket...Only Bettor strategy developed for Bazball - is cast-iron.

Trade draw to 6.5011/2

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