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Will England's success in India be limited?

After the disappointment of the Test tour of India late last year, can the limited overs cricketers of England have more success. England have been improving under Eoin Morgan in both limited overs formats, however they are still behind India in the rankings and the hosts have the most successful T20 domestic competition.

The gap in the rankings is narrowest in the 50 over formats and I feel this is the best chance for success for the England team. The batting line up has openers who can score hundreds in Hales and Roy, batsmen who build an innings like Root, Ali,Stokes and Morgan, big hitting keepers in Bairstow and Buttler and seamers who can hit the ball hard in the final stages in Woakes, Plunkett and Willey.

You will notice I haven't mentioned spinners as this is where my optimism falls apart. England's spinners aren't as good as India's and aren't as numerous. England are taking 6 seamers to 4 spinners if you include Root. They will hoping for different wickets to those they found in the recent ill-fated Test series. The disparity in numbers and ability is also replicated in the T20 format.

Therefore England's chances of success may well rely on Rashid and Ali outbowling Ashwin and Jadeja. Both are talented spinners but a long way from being world class. I fear England's tour will take a turn for the worse.



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