Originally posted by trev33
i know they're ranked third, doesn't mean they're not one of the top 2 best sides though. had there been less rain in the sri lanka series they would be ranked second. id expect them to be ranked first after this india series, weather permitting of course...
when do they play sa next?
LOL It actually means they are definitely one of the top 3 sides in the world now.
Anyway, the English side does look good though, with lots of backup, especially in the bowling department. The four front-line bowlers are all hitting their straps, with Bresnan, Onions and Finn (I believe?) on the sidelines, all quality bowlers.
Cook, Strauss and Trott are looking very solid, the middle order good with the likes of Pietersen, Morgan and Prior who can take the game away from you. Throw Bell in there with Swann and Broad who are decent all-rounders and you have a very, very solid unit.
India are not looking great. Their players, while experienced, just seem old and slow.
Tendulkar looks like he just wants that 100 so he can retire, Laxman and Dravid are getting to the end of their careers. Zaheer's body is getting creaky and Harbhajan needs to bowl on a gravel road or he is useless. Raina is not a test player - he still can't handle pace coming at his head.
Who's left? There's just not enough raw new talent coming through for India now. They seem to be in the same position Australia was in 3 years ago. A quality, experienced side, but getting a little old and a lot of guys are going to be hanging up their spiked boots in the near future.
No idea. I think SA is playing Aus and SL next.