After appointing Ben Stokes as captain and Brendon McCullum as head coach of the England Test team, he changed his approach in red ball cricket and started playing an aggressive brand of cricket. Courtesy the same, the Three Lions have been extremely successful in the longest format, but it will not be easy for them in the upcoming India tour, which is scheduled to begin from January 25 in Hyderabad.
The Ben Stokes-led side is yet to be tested in spin-friendly conditions and according to former cricketer Steve Harmison, it would be a mistake if the team lands in India just three days before the opening Test. According to reports, England will train in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) before reaching India on the night of 21 January or the morning of 22 January. Harmison said that the team cannot go into the first Test unprepared and said that players like Kevin Pietersen, Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss will laugh at the current team for going to India so late.
“If England go three days early, they deserve to lose 5-0. They really do. I am an old man, that’s what they are going to say, times have changed, the game has changed, but I tell you, preparation has not changed. You cannot go to India without preparation. Really, you can’t go to India with a lot of preparation, you can be in India six weeks in advance and still not be ready for that first Test,” Harmison said while speaking to talkSPORT.
“I would love to know what Pietersen, Strauss, Cook in that great team, which was the only team to win there in 2012, would think when they hear that England will be touring India three days before the series. I think they’ll laugh at you,” the 45-year-old said.
Harmison further said that this is not a new world in which visiting teams arrive late, but these are the players who have played a big role in England arriving late in India.