The usual script that plays out in a lot of Test series is of the hosts holding the upper hand.
Former Zimbabwe cricketer Andy Flower coached the England cricket team between 2009 and 2014 and helped the Three Lions attain numerous title wins. Under his tenure as a coach, England won the Ashes and the 2010 ICC World Twenty20, held in the West Indies.
According to the former Zimbabwe captain, who is also the head coach of Delhi Bulls in the Abu Dhabi T10 league, England can be given that title of the best travellers if they do well in Sri Lanka and then in India in their upcoming campaigns.
“I think we’re going to see England in India and Sri Lanka, over this winter. That’s going to be very interesting to watch. Because they won in Sri Lanka last time. They played three spinners in spinning conditions and batted with lots of innovation against the Sri Lankan spinners. So, if England can do well in Sri Lanka, and then in India, that will reflect amazingly well on all the coaching staff, selectors, and of course, the players. So that’s going to be very interesting to watch,” Flower told Timesofindia.com in an exclusive interview.
England are scheduled to tour Sri Lanka in January for a two-match Test series and then will fly to India for a long tour. England and India are scheduled to lock horns in four Tests, 5 T20Is, and 3 ODIs.
India are currently touring Australia. They lost the ODI series and then clinched the T20I series. India are in Test mode currently. They had lost the Adelaide Test, after being shot out for their all time lowest Test total of 36.
If India can go on to clinch the 4 Test series and successfully retain the Border Gavaskar Trophy, despite the fact that they lost the first Test and ae without the services of players like Virat Kohli, Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma (at the moment) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar they can also be prime contenders for the title of Best travellers in world cricket.
“India have to turn things around very quickly if they’re not going to get beaten in Australia. Australia played some really good cricket in England recently, to retain the Ashes. So, I don’t think anyone is standing out particularly as a good traveling nation at the moment, but this winter, in fact, over the next 12 months, we might see someone like England come out with a very good record. And if India can turn things around in Australia, that will be a huge feather in the nation’s cricketing cap,” the Zimbabwean further told TimesofIndia.com.
On being asked if there is one thing that most international teams these days lack, Flower, who played 63 Tests and 213 ODIs for Zimbabwe, said: “Each country will have have its own strengths and weaknesses. I don’t think we could generalize like that. There’s some huge talent all around the world. It’s really brilliant to watch some of the attacking cricket that’s going on at the moment.”
Indian fans will be hoping that Day 4 of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne will be another dominant day for Team India with the ball, that would help their batsmen to chase down a moderate target and level the 4 Test series at 1-1.