England have now got their tour matches in India underway and we are just weeks away from the four match Test series between the two nations.
Everyone knows just what a tough series it is going to be for the tourists and these kinds of conditions have been where they have really struggled over recent years.
This is of course a new era for English cricket as well as Alistair Cook is the new man in charge of the team after Andrew Strauss announced his retirement from the game.
Cook could not have a much tougher start to life as a captain, but if he manages to win this series – will show just what a superb leader he could be.
He will also be delighted to welcome back Kevin Pietersen into the squad after his spell away from the international set-up. There is no doubt that with Pietersen in the ranks, England’s chances of winning in India have increased as he is one of the best batsmen in the world.
Negotiating spin will be one of the big tests for the Three Lions and someone like Pietersen could be a key man to how England play the slower bowlers.
As ever in India, the fans will come out in their thousands to support the home side and will act as an extra man for Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his team.
Sachin Tendulkar is still playing Test cricket and there is no doubt he will be one of the key man for the team and England must try and get him out early on – or the ‘Little Master’ will punish you.
England are the outsiders, but with the talent they have in their squad they could be good value at 4/1 with Bet365 to take the series.
Whatever happens, this all looks set to be an incredible series between two very good Test teams.